Breakout Session

Vocal Health on Broadway & Beyond

Saturday, July 9 • 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Presenter: David Sisco
Introduced by: Lori McCann
Location: Chicago Ballroom E – H - 5th Floor

Vocal injuries are on the rise on Broadway and regionally throughout the United States. Who’s to blame? The composer? The musical director? The producers? How do we, as teachers, protect our students from these issues? Pedagogical knowledge is not always enough. New York City-based voice teacher, composer and musical director David Sisco will outline how vocal injuries are prevented and treated in New York (Broadway/off-Broadway), England (West End) and Australia (Melbourne) through a collected series of interviews with performers, writers, musical directors, casting directors and ENTs. Discover the similarities and differences of how the musical theater industry works in these locales and get specific insights on how to best prepare your students and private clients for an active career in this competitive field.

About David Sisco

davidsisco_111414_copy.jpgDavid Sisco has taught at Northeastern and Suffolk University, and currently teaches private voice at Marymount Manhattan College. He has presented papers at the 2010 NMTA Conference, 2012 NATS Conference and the 2013 ICVT Conference in Australia. A winner of the 2010 NATS Composition Award, David is a prolific art song composer. His songs have been presented by Friends & Enemies of New Music, Joy in Singing, Songfest and, most recently, at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. He is currently collaborating with Tom Gualtieri on the musical Falling to Earth. As a singer, David feels at home as a recitalist, musical theater performer and chorister. He currently appears with Alexandra Foucard at Tin Pan Alley in Provincetown. David founded contemporarymusicaltheatre.com, a resource dedicated to contemporary writers and their songs. David earned a BA in Vocal Performance with Composition Honors from Syracuse University and a MM in Vocal Performance from Boston University. www.davidsisco.com

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