Multi-faceted artist to work with MSUM students

David Sisco, a composer, singer and writer, will work with music students and perform during a week-long residency sponsored by the MSUM Music Department.

The residency includes a master class Thursday, March 31, from noon to 1 p.m., at which Sisco will coach several students who perform for him. At a convocation the next day (April 1), Sisco will talk about his life as a composer and performer living in New York City. He will also perform some of his own work. That evening, at 7:30 p.m., the MSUM Concert Choir will sing a work commissioned for MSUM and composed by Sisco. Students and faculty members will also perform several of his song cycles.

All of the above events are free and open to the public. The masterclass and convocation take place in Fox Recital Hall in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts. The concert takes place in Glasrud Auditorium.

Sisco is a multi-faceted artist whose work centers on music, drama, writing and teaching. He is the composer of several musicals, including Here I Am: A Musical Personal Ad, Variations on a Theme of You and Falling to Earth with collaborator Tom Gualtieri.  Gualtieri and Sisco received a grant for Falling to Earth from the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust in support of the musical, which was developed at the Syracuse University New Play Workshop and received a reading at the York Theatre in New York in September 2009.  His first play, Bait, received multiple awards, including Best Comedy at the 2006 Columbus National Gay and Lesbian Theater Festival. Sisco is also a prolific art song composer. A winner of the 2010 NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Composition Award, he also received an Astral Award from the National Endowment for the Advancement of Arts.

Sisco taught at Northeastern and Suffolk University in Boston and is currently a professor of voice at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. For more information, please call Jenny Dufault at (218) 477-4607 or email her at dufault@mnstate.edu.

All events open to the public.