Siskind

Major Performances:

  • Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Omaha Symphony
  • Arditti String Quartet
  • Dale Warland Singers
  • Bluegrass Opera
  • Continuum
  • Burklyn Ballet Theatre
  • Stephanie Blythe

Major Awards and Grants:

  • ASCAP
  • Meet The Composer
  • the American Music Center
  • the National Federation of Music Clubs
  • the New York State Music Fund
  • the McKnight, Jerome, Puffin, and Dodge foundations

Publications:

Recordings:

Professional Experience:

  • Dr. Siskind is on the faculty of the Crane School of Music, SUNY-Potsdam
  • Composer-In-Residence for the Education Department of Minnesota Opera
  • Twin Cities Chapter Coordinator for the American Composers Forum
  • Music Director of One Voice Mixed Chorus
  • Auditor for the New York State Council on the Arts

Academic Honors:

  • SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching: 2011
  • SUNY-Potsdam President’s Award for Excellence in Research/Creative Activity: 2007
  • SUNY-Potsdam Professor of the Year, Phi Eta Sigma honor society: 2006, 2002, 2001
  • Member: Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Mu Alpha (honorary)

Narrative Bio:

Paul Siskind’s music encompasses many genres, and has been performed across the country and abroad by renowned ensembles such as the Pittsburgh Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Arditti String Quartet, New Amsterdam Singers, Continuum, Bluegrass Opera, Burklyn Ballet Theatre, and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe.  Works have been commissioned by the Dale Warland Singers, the Leif Ericksson International Festival, Orchestra of Northern New York, Monmouth Civic Chorus, Gotham Chamber Orchestra, the St. Olaf College Band, Mi-Bemol Saxophone Ensemble, and private individuals.  His music is published by G. Schirmer Inc., Cantando Musikkforlag, and Sweet Child Music, and has been commercially recorded on the Innova, Albany, Ravello, Ablaze, New Ariel, Equilibrium, and ERM Media labels.

He has received numerous composition awards and prizes, including the 2010 Pittsburgh Symphony Audiences of the Future contest, the 2010 Eastern Carolina University Orchestra Composition Competition, the 2004 Silliman Anthem Awards, the 1999 New Music Delaware Prize, the 1996 Minnesota Orchestra Perfect Pitch program, the 1995 G. Schirmer Young Americans’ Art Song Competition, the 1995 Friends and Enemies of New Music contest, and the 1994 Omaha Symphony Guild Prize, as well as honorable mention in the 1994 ASCAP Nissim Competition.  He received a Composition Fellowship from the McKnight Foundation in 1993, as well as grants from the New York State Music Fund, Meet The Composer, the Puffin Foundation, the American Music Center, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the National Federation of Music Clubs.

Dr. Siskind was invited to attend the first international conference on Words and Music in 1994, sponsored by the Latin American Music Center at Indiana University.  He has also been a guest composer at Tufts University (2012), Eastern Carolina University (2011), the Center for New Music at the University of Iowa (2006), the New Music Delaware 1999 Festival, the Western Illinois University New Music Festival (1996), and the University of Colorado’s Artsweek ’92.  Other presentations include conferences of the College Music Society, the Society of Composers Inc., the National Association for Music Education, and the New York State School Music Association.

Dr. Siskind is on the faculty of the Crane School of Music, SUNY-Potsdam, where he was voted “Teacher of the Year” three times.  He has received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and a President’s Award for Scholarship and Creative Activity.  He completed his Ph.D. in Composition at the University of Minnesota, after studies at Queens College, the Crane School of Music, and Tufts University (where he completed a degree in Biology and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa).  His composition teachers included such diverse figures as Dominick Argento, Thea Musgrave, Pauline Oliveros, Robert Starer, Robert Washburn, Arthur Frackenpohl, Elliot Del Borgo, Paul Steinberg, and T.J. Anderson.  Along with teaching, Dr. Siskind has worked as a composer-in-residence for the Education Department of Minnesota Opera, Twin Cities Chapter Coordinator for the American Composers Forum, Music Director of One Voice Mixed Chorus, and as an Auditor for the New York State Council on the Arts.

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