Paul Siskind


Paul Siskind's music encompasses many genres, including orchestral, band, choral, chamber music, opera, art song, and big band jazz. His works have been performed and commissioned by renowned ensembles across the country and abroad, including the Minnesota Orchestra, the Omaha Symphony, the Arditti String Quartet, the Dale Warland Singers, the New Amsterdam Singers, Continuum, eXindigo, the Minnesota Contemporary Ensemble, and the Mi-bemol Saxophone Ensemble.

His major honors include: the 1999 New Music Delaware Composition prize; the 1996 Minnesota Orchestra Perfect Pitch Program; the 1995 G. Schirmer Young American's Art Song Competition; the 1995 Friends and Enemies of New Music Contest; the 1994 Omaha Symphony Guild Prize; and a Composition Fellowship from the McKnight Foundation in 1993. He has also received other awards, grants, and commissions from ASCAP (honorable mention in the 1994 Rudolph Nissim Competition), Meet The Composer, the Puffin Foundation, the American Music Center, the National Federation of Music Clubs, the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Leif Ericksson International Festival.

Mr. Siskind was invited to attend the first international Words and Music Conference in 1994, sponsored by the Latin American Music Center at Indiana University. He has also been a guest composer at the 1996 Western Illinois University New Music Festival, and the University of Colorado's Artsweek '92. Other festival performances include the 1999 New Music Delaware Festival, the 1993 Crane Festival of New Music, and numerous conferences of the College Music Society and the Society of Composers.

Mr. Siskind is on the faculty of the Crane School of Music, SUNY-Potsdam; he has also taught at a number of other schools throughout the Midwest. 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 also completed a degree in biology); his teachers have included such diverse figures as Dominick Argento, Thea Musgrave, Pauline Oliveros, Robert Starer, Robert Washburn, and T. J. Anderson.

Along with teaching, Mr. Siskind has worked as a Composer-in-Residence for the Education Department of Minnesota Opera, Music Director of One Voice Mixed Chorus, Twin Cities Events Coordinator for the American Composers Forum, and as an Auditor for the New York State Council on the Arts.

His music is published by G. Schirmer Inc. and Sweet Child Music, and has been recorded by the Minnesota Contemporary Ensemble (on Innova/Albany) and the Heartland Men's Chorus.

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