Illinois Event Venue Designer Jeffrey Bussean

An experienced catering and banquet professional, Jeffrey Bussean studied art composition design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He opened his own company, Bussean Custom Caterers, in 1975, and has since created such private-event venues as the Chateau Bu-Sche’, the Grand Ballroom, and the Patrick C. Haley Mansion. Recently, he directed the relocation of an entire historic mansion, which he plans to turn into a new venue. In 1993, he started A Unique Location, a social and corporate catering company. He ran this business alongside his first company for seven years before re-naming his company Bussean Enterprises. As president, Jeffrey Bussean oversees the entire administrative staff and handles everything from corporate financial management to future planning.

In his free time, Mr. Bussean supports such community and charitable organizations as Child Reach and Wounded Warriors. He also donates to local organizations like the Art Institute of Chicago and the Mercy Home for Boys. A fan of music, he plays the guitar and violin. He also enjoys opera and supports several musical organizations, including the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Tone Production on the Violin

A catering industry executive by profession, Jeffrey Bussean enjoys playing the violin in his free time. Jeffrey Bussean also supports such classical music organizations as the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Manipulation of the bow is key to creating a good tone on the violin. A skilled violinist holds the bow with the middle three fingers controlling the motion, though the particulars of the grip can change depending on the type of tone that the musician wishes to produce. The grip on the bow contributes to pressure on the strings, which determines the type of tone. To achieve even pressure, violinists must practice playing with a flexible wrist and a grip that evenly distributes weight.

Good tone also involves a balance between weight and speed. Typically, more speed calls for less weight, and vice versa. Maintaining this balance helps the tone to be clear rather than forced. The skilled violinist also knows where to place the bow to maximize the effect of the bow pressure and speed. Through experimentation and thorough practice, a violinist can learn how these elements work together to create desired tones.