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Meet the Maker: Music Theatre Now

27 June 2019

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Thursday 27 June, 6pm
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Wild Voices Music Theatre Artistic Director Dianna Nixon in conversation with New-York based composer, voice coach, and music theatre editor (  David Sisco will discuss current innovations and trends in music theatre composition in the United States and its impact on music theatre globally.  
Open to industry, stakeholders, media, students, and general audience

David Sisco has served on the voice faculties of Northeastern University, Suffolk University, Marymount Manhattan College, and is a visiting professor at Wagner College. He currently maintains a private studio in New York and leads masterclasses and workshops around the country and internationally. He has presented at the 2012 & 2016 NATS Conferences, the 2013 & 2017 ICVT Conferences, and was a Keynote Speaker at the 2018 ANATS Conference. David is a member of the Dramatist’s Guild, BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop (Advanced), and is an alumnus of the New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio. He is currently collaborating with Tom Gualtieri on two musicals: Falling to Earth, and an adaptation of Henry James’ The Wings of the Dove with book writer Michael Zam (co-creator, “Feud”). A winner of the 2010 NATS Composition Award, David is a prolific art song composer. His songs have been heard at concerts produced by Friends & Enemies of New Music, Joy in Singing, Lyricfest, Songfest, Songfusion, and at Carnegie Hall. Sisco has been commissioned by Manhattan Girls Chorus, Cayuga Vocal Ensemble, and twice by Minnesota State University Moorhead. With business partner Laura Josepher, David runs, the largest online database of contemporary musical theatre writers and songs. David and Laura wrote “Mastering College Musical Theatre Auditions: Sound Advice for the Student, Teacher, and Parent,” available on Amazon. David earned a BA in Vocal Performance with Composition Honors from Syracuse University and a MM in Vocal Performance from Boston University.

Dianna, a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, has over 40 years of practical experience as a multi-disciplinary performer and educator.  In 2012, Dianna was awarded a Churchill Fellowship enabling her to undertake an overseas program of study and research into voice practice, including attending PEVOC (Pan-European Voice Conference) in Prague. In 2015, Dianna presented a workshop at the International Music Theatre Educators Alliance Conference in Perth (West Australian Academy of Performing Arts), and attended the Pan-European Voice Conference in Florence, Italy. Dianna was the only Australian delegate at the 2017 PEVOC in Ghent, Belgium. Dianna will attend the Estill Voice International Symposium in London this August. Dianna has conducted intensive voice and performance workshops for professional theatre companies, for community choirs and school groups and been employed in the education programs of state opera companies. She runs a thriving studio teaching voice, musicianship and piano.

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