Daniel Gary Busby, M.M., D.M.A./UCLA. has made a varied career as pianist, singer, conductor, teacher, administrator and music critic.
A versatile conductor, Dr. Busby’s theatrical credits span both the musical theater and operatic genres, from Stephen Schwartzs Godspell to Igor Stravinskys The Rakes Progress. As conductor, Busby has toured Europe and South America, conducting in Berlin, Leipzig, Budapest, Vienna, Florence, Rome, Venice and Bogotá.
Busby is Principal Conductor for the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera (Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities); he has musically directed and conducted CLO productions of She Loves Me, 1940s Radio Hour, Bark! The Musical, and Seussical! The Musical. He will continue the 2011 season, conducting Company and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
With the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Busby has served as music director or music supervisor for Pirates of Penzance (2011), She Loves Me (2010), and The Music Man (2009). He is currently the music director for the hit shows, A Night With Paul Lynde, and The Big Show with Ester Goldberg, starring Michael Airington.
Dr. Busby is much sought after as a vocal coach, singing teacher and clinician. His students are currently performing leading roles on Broadway and the National Tours of Wicked, Little Shop of Horrors, and Mamma Mia! in Europe and Asia, as well as many local productions in southern California. He is a frequent Master Class teacher in the Southern California region.
In January 2005, Busby made his directorial debut at the ARK Theater in Los Angeles with the cult hit, Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens, which garnered him praise as a director and remained an LA Times Pick of the Week for over three months.
Before joining the faculty of UCIrvine in 2004, Dr. Busby was the Associate Director of the Ray Bolger Program in Musical Theater in the School of Theater, Film and Television at UCLA. Previous to that, Busby was a member of the faculty of the Thornton School of Music at USC.
Dr. Busby has been an invited panelist for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission Grant Panel for several years. He wrote concert critiques for the Orange County Register in the 1988-1989 season; he was the Administrative Director of the Master Chorale of Orange County, William Hall, Artistic Director from 1989-1991.
Daniel Gary Busby was a conducting student of the late Samuel Krachmalnick (Metropolitan Opera National Company) and studied singing with Gloria Lane (La Scala di Milano), Ruth Golden (New York City Opera) and Jane Paul (Vienna Folksoper).
In the summer of 2012, Dr. Busby served as musical director of Manson's Girls, a new musical developed by the Drama Department in conjuction with The Academy for New Musical Theatre, which debuted in Hollywood. Read more at ABC7.com & BroadwayWorld.com.