CONFERENCE | 2020

CONFERENCE & COMPETITIONS

SUNY SCHENECTADY COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Friday & Saturday, October 16 & 17, 2020

Jeremy Siskind

Philip Wharton

Featured Clinician

Pianist-composer Jeremy Siskind is “a genuine visionary” (Indianapolis Star) who “seems to defy all boundaries” (JazzInk) with music “rich in texture and nuance” (Downbeat). A top finisher in several national and international jazz piano competitions, Siskind is a two-time laureate of the American Pianists Association and the winner of the Nottingham International Jazz Piano Competition. Since making his professional debut juxtaposing Debussy’s Etudes with jazz standards at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, Siskind has established himself as one of the nation’s most innovative and virtuosic modern pianists.

Siskind’s multifaceted career often finds him combining musical styles and breaking aesthetic norms. As the leader of “The Housewarming Project,” Siskind has not only created “a shining example of chamber jazz” (Downbeat) whose albums often land on critics’ “best of the year” lists. He’s also established himself as a pioneer of the in-home concert movement by presenting well over 100 in-home concerts in 26 states.

On an upcoming duo album, Impressions of Debussy, Siskind explores Debussy’s Preludes through improvisation with saxophonist Andrew Rathbun. Similarly, his 2019 book-CD project, Perpetual Motion Etudes for Piano, blurs the line between classical, through-composed, piano etudes and jazz-based improvisations and invites other pianists to do the same through a beautifully self-published work that includes “Optional Improvisation Instructions” for each piece. Siskind has been experimenting with performing the pieces in collaboration with classical pianists, including Grammy-winner Angelin Chang, and through university residencies. Other projects include writing concert arrangements for rising star soprano Julia Bullock, composing the theme song for the 2017 Obie Awards, and serving as musical director for noted comediennes Lea DeLaria and Sandra Bernhard.

A highly-respected educator, Siskind has written 13 publications with Hal Leonard, including the landmark instructional books Jazz Band Pianist and First Lessons in Piano Improv. He currently teaches at California’s Fullerton College, chairs the National Conference for Keyboard Pedagogy’s “Creativity Track,” and spreads peace through music in places like Lebanon, Tunisia, and Thailand with the non-profit organization, Jazz Education Abroad. Jeremy Siskind is a Yamaha artist.

The New York State Music Teachers Association is pleased to announce the next NYSMTA Conference & Competitions scheduled  for Friday & Saturday, October 16 & 17, 2020, at Schenectady County Community College in Schenectady, New York.

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Featured Clinician 
Jeremy Siskind

Commissioned Composer
Philip Wharton

 

Conference Schedule

  • Clinician/artist Jeremy Siskind: Incorporating Creativity In Every Lessons; Abby Whiteside Exercises & Techniques; Translating a Scale into a Melody

  • Improvisation Workshop: recital of his Perpetual Motion Etudes and improvisations

  • Commissioned Composer Philip Wharton: Trio for piano, violin, clarinet

  • Lecture Forum: Kathryn Sherman: Building a Bridge: Curriculum Development for the Emerging Intermediate Student

  • Lightning Talks

  • Pedagogy Panel: Generational Teaching Perspectives

  • Poster Displays

  • Lunch and General Business Meeting

Conference Exhibitors 
Contact Conference Co-Chair: Christine Johannsen
chrisj.rage@gmail.com

Conference Competitions
Heddy Kilian Empire State
MTNA