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Paul A. Siskind   
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Biography

Paul Siskind's music encompasses many genres, including orchestral, band, choral, chamber music, piano, 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, Counterinduction, 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 (including 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.

Dr. 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.

Dr. 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, 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, 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), pianist Jeffrey Jacob (on New Ariel) and the Heartland Men's Chorus. Sample scores/tapes are available upon request.

Compositions

 

OPERA

  • In Mighty Silence, chamber opera (1992, 60')

ORCHESTRA/BAND

  • Fanfaronade, for brass ensemble (2002, 2')
  • The Perilous Adventures of Comet, the Wonderdog, for concert band (1998, 7')
  • Fantasy Variations on a Fragment by Schoenberg, for orchestra (1991/95, 5')
  • Lim'not Yahmeinu (...to number our days), for string orchestra (1993, 8')

CHORUS

  • Fill My Dreams, Stir My Soul, for SATB chorus and chamber ensemble (2001, 25')
  • Benediction, for SATB chorus and keyboard (2000, 2') (G. Schirmer)
  • Salme 131, for SATB chorus and keyboard (1998, 4')
  • Four Madrigals, for SATB chorus a cappella (1997, 8') (G. Schirmer)
  • Everyone Suddenly Burst Out Singing, for SATB chorus and piano (1995, 2') (G. Schirmer)
  • Bright Morning Stars Are Rising, versions for SATB, SSAA, and TTBB chorus a cappella (1994, 4') (G. Schirmer)
  • A Dream Deferred, for tenor solo with SATB or TTBB chorus and piano (1994, 6') (G. Schirmer)
  • On Aging, for SATB chorus and piano (1985, 15')

CHAMBER MUSIC

  • Suite: 75 for T.J., for vibraphone (2003, 6')
  • Memoriale, for alto saxophone and marimba (2003, 5')
  • Celli Celesti, for two cellos (1999, 6)
  • Antiphochrome, for saxophone ensemble (1993, 7')
  • Rituale, for soprano saxophone and percussion (1991, 11')
  • Duo-Bagatelles, for clarinet and cello (1990, 10')
  • Delusions of Grandeur and The Grand Delusion, for string quartet (1988, 22')
  • Three Epiphanies, for cello (1987, 12')
  • Claptrap, for percussion ensemble (1987, 8')
  • Consequential Suite, for flute and piano (1984, 14')

VOICE

  • Thr(e.e. cummingS)ongs, for tenor, flute, and guitar (2002, 9')
  • Some Epigrams, for middle high voice and piano (1986, 10')
  • Some More Epigrams, for middle/high voice and piano (1989, 10')
  • Even More Epigrams, for middle/high voice and piano (1997, 11')
  • A Few More Epigrams, for middle/high voice and piano (2000, 6')
  • Of Loss and Loneliness, for mezzo-soprano and cello (1990, 12'

KEYBOARD

  • Filial Frolic, for two pianos, eight hands (2003, 6')
  • Andere Klange, for piano (2001, 7')
  • Exemplificatory Etudes, for piano (1999, 8')
  • Four Eclations, for organ (1991, 4')
  • Fantasy-Variations on a Fragment by Schoenberg, for piano (1991, 5')

JAZZ BAND

  • Splendance (1984)
  • Proverbial Thumbs (1984)


Contact Information

The Crane School of Music
SUNY-Potsdam
Potsdam, NY 13676
(315) 267-3241
E-mail:siskinpa@potsdam.edu

 

Annual Updates

2011

PREMIERES

Toccatina by Lyn Burkett, harpsichord at SUNY-Potsdam on 2/10.  The Gumption Trap by the East Meadow All-District Orchestra on 3/10; the piece was commissioned by the school district in honor of long-time teacher Bill Katz.  Etwas für Bratsch’ (etwas rasch) by Shelly Tramposh and Cullan Bryant at SUNY-Potsdam on 9/10.  They also performed the piece in Massachusetts, Ottawa, and West Virginia later in the Fall.

PERFORMANCES

Clarion Call by the Pittsburgh Symphony on 4/10.  Memoriale by The Rosewind Duo on numerous concerts in the US, Spain, and France, throughout the year.  The Perilous Adventures of Comet the Wonderdog by The Heisey Wind Ensemble performed in Ohio on 2/10.  Antiphochrome by the Penn State University Saxophone Ensemble on 4/10, and by the Arizona State University Saxophone Ensemble in 4/10.  Thr(e.e. cummingS)ongs by Alexander Wolniak and the Great Noise Ensemble at Catholic University’s New Voices Festival on 9/10. 
 


 

2009

PREMIERES

The choir of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Canton, NY, introduced Mark The Time in April 2008. The Orchestra of Northern New York presented the premiere of Organal Dances in July. Lingua Corporea (Body Language) for soprano and viola was heard for the first time in September, as performed by Jill Pearon and Shelly Tramposh.

PERFORMANCES

Filial Frolic (Fantasia for Forty Fingers) was performed by Tomoko Deguchi and other faculty at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC. Bright Morning Stars Are Rising was presented by the All-Cape and Islands Chorus in Cape Cod, MA.

RECORDINGS

Bright Morning Stars Are Rising, St. Mary’s College Women’s Choir; Pro Organo. Fantasy-Variations on a Fragment by Schoenberg, Kiev Philharmonic; ERM Media. Memoriale, Cliff Leaman and Scott Herring; Equilibrium.


 

2008

Paul Siskind has been promoted to full Professor at the Crane School of Music, State University of New York (SUNY)-Potsdam; in 2007, the student body voted him “Teacher of the Year” for the third time.

Premieres

Norte Maar introduced Leger’s Dream, music for ballet, with choreography by Julia Gleich, in August 2007 in Rouses Point, NY.

Performances

In March 2007, Cliff Leaman and Scott Herring performed Memoriale at the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference. The Orchestra of Northern New York performed two fanfares, Fanfaronade and Tantarara, in June. Bright Morning Stars Are Rising was performed at the Beijing International Choral Festival in July.

Publications

Salme 131 by Cantando Musikkforlag.

Recordings

The Perilous Adventures of Comet the Wonderdog, University of North Carolina-Greensboro Wind Ensemble, CD.

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