Ms. Bussineau-King is Professor of Music at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. She studied voice with Leona Witter and was educated at Michigan State University (B.M. performance), The University of Texas at Austin, (voice, Willa Stewart and opera performance and staging, Walter DuCloux) and Southwest Texas State University (M.M. Performance).
She has sung major Oratorio and Operatic roles with the Lansing Symphony, The University of Texas Symphony and Opera, The Austin Symphony, The Chautauqua, New York Opera Association, and the San Antonio Symphony and Opera. These works include Die Zauberflöte (Pamina, First Lady and Second Lady), Don Giovanni (Donna Elvira, Zerlina), Cosi Fan Tutte (Despina), The Gypsy Baron (Arsena), Die Fledermaus (Rosalinda), The Saint of Bleeker Street (Maria Corona), Boris Godunov (Kseniya), The Crucible (Mary Warren), Madama Butterfly (Mrs. Pinkerton) and Liesel in The Sound of Music. She has also sung roles in the oratorios, Elijah, Messiah, Stabat Mater (Rossini), Requiem (Brahms, Mozart, Rutter, Faure), Solemn Vespers, Coronation Mass, Bach, Magnificat, Vivaldi Gloria, and others. She has given recitals in 12 different states, Mexico, Canada, Taiwan, Wales and Spain.
Before coming to San Antonio, Debbie was an Apprentice Artist with the Chautauqua Opera Festival in Chautauqua, New York. In San Antonio, she was the Affiliate Artist with the San Antonio Symphony’s “Operation Opera” for four years and was for three years the Texas Commission for the Arts/National Endowment for the Arts, Artist-in-Residence (opera) in the Northside Independent School District.
Active as a church musician she was soprano soloist and section leader at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, San Antonio (1978-1997), soprano soloist and section leader at First Presbyterian, San Antonio (1998-2011), and since 1997 has been Cantor and Music Associate at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Selma, Texas. In the fall of 2011 she became Director of the Traditional Choir at OLPH as well as maintaining her regular Cantor’s position.
Ms Bussineau-King is the founder, artistic director and soprano in the classical vocal quartet Cantos.
Ms Bussineau-King performs many recitals and her specialties are 20th century American art song, art song by American women composers, art song of Spain and Latin America, Sephardic folk songs and sacred literature.
She has presented recitals at four national College Music Society conferences, the Canadian international conference “Resonant Intervals” and TEXOMA Regional conference of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. At the 2010 TEXOMA conference of NATS she made the presentation “Teaching Voice at the Dollar Store”
In 1992 she and Ruth Friedberg were invited to present a recital of Sephardic songs at the International Conference “Sefard”, marking the 500-year commemoration of the expulsion of the Jews from Spain. Unfortunately, she was unable to attend because of illness. In 1996 and 1998 she represented the University of the Incarnate Word in Taiwan where she sang in Taipei, Kaohsiung, and Tainan, Taiwan.
In 2004 Debbie traveled to Wales where she gave a recital of American women’s art song at Cardiff University, University of Wales. She and Mrs. Friedberg presented a program of Sephardic songs in 2006 at an international conference of the College Music Society in Madrid, Spain. 2007 took her to Minneapolis where she presented the same recital at the Lyrica portion of the National Association of Teachers of Singing national conference. In 2010 she performed, along with Ruth Friedberg another recital of Sephardic songs for the International Conference of the Society for Cryptic-Judaic Studies.
In 2008 she was elected president of The South Texas Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She is a founding member of the South Texas Chapter of NATS.
At the University of the Incarnate Word she was chair of the Music Department for six years (1993-1999). Currently she teaches, private voice lessons, Singing for Beginners, Opera Appreciation, Women in Music, Vocal Techniques and Diction.
For more information contact Deborah Bussineau-King at:
University of the Incarnate Word
San Antonio, Texas 78209