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Thanks for taking the time to visit my website! I am a multi-hyphenate artist and teacher based in New York City. For ten years, I taught voice at Marymount Manhattan College and later served as an adjunct professor at Wagner College. I currently am on the voice faculty at NYU Steinhardt. I’ve had the pleasure of presenting sessions and workshops around the country and internationally. In 2010, I won the NATS Composition Award with my song cycle, “Missed Connections.” I’ve been honored to have my work heard at concerts produced by Friends & Enemies of New Music, Joy in Singing, Lyricfest, and Songfest, along with world premieres at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.

My collaborator Tom Gualtieri and I are also the creators of the video series “Draw the Circle Wide.”  I am the Founder and President of ContemporaryMusicalTheatre.com, the largest online database of contemporary writers and songs. I co-authored Mastering College Musical Auditions and Performing in Contemporary Musicals with business partner Laura Josepher. I also musical direct and, every once in a while, take the stage myself.

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There’s a Lot Going On

Blog posts and news and events and whatnot.

  • Performing in Contemporary Musicals Available for Pre-Order

    David’s new textbook Performing in Contemporary Musicals, co-written with Laura Josepher, is available for pre-order through Routledge Press. Performing in Contemporary Musicals brings into sharp focus the skills performers must possess when tackling shows that are newly written, in development, or somewhere in-between. The textbook will be released on March 14, 2022. Click here for more information.

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  • Sisco Invited to Speak at ICVT 2022

    David has been asked to speak at the International Congress of Voice Teachers Conference in Vienna in August, 2022. His presentation, entitled “Whole-Hearted Teaching: Bringing a Different Kind of Science into the Studio,” will share developing research on how curiosity, vulnerability, mindfulness, and self-care can be effective tools to guiding a student’s vocal journey (in addition to pedagogical knowledge). For more information about the conference, click here.

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  • Gualtieri & Sisco Release Series 2 of Draw the Circle Wide

    Tony Award winner André De Shields (Hadestown), Aisha Jackson (Frozen), L Morgan Lee (A Strange Loop), and Ahmad Maksoud (The Visitor) reflect on their lives and share insights on making the theatre more equitable in Series 2 of Draw the Circle Wide, created by songwriting team Tom Gualtieri and David Sisco. First episode drops on October 14. Click here for more information, click here.

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  • Celebrate BIPOC MT Creators

    As our industry continues to have long-overdue conversations about race, equity, and inclusion, we must acknowledge, celebrate, and support BIPOC musical theatre creators (not just in February). Head to my TEACHER page to see a newly compiled list of musicals created by BIPOC theatre artists, or click here.

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  • Gualtieri & Sisco launch new website

    David and Tom launched a brand new website with a full music store this week. Check out www.gualtieriandsisco to see all the work they have created during their 17+ year collaboration.

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  • Tony Award winner Ali Stroker performs Gualtieri & Sisco

    Tom Gualtieri and David Sisco release Tony Award winner Ali Stroker’s performance of their song, “Patricia in 5N,” written for Ali based on their conversations on their interview series, Draw the Circle Wide. Watch the video here.

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  • Sisco & Josepher Launch Radio Show

    David Sisco and Laura Josepher will launch a new radio show entitled “In Between the Lines” on MusicalTheatreRadio.com on Saturday, January 16 @ 10 AM (EST). The 30-minute show features great under-sung contemporary musical theatre songs and interviews with the writers about how they created them. Check it out!

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  • David is Married!

    David Sisco and Elbert Ma were married on Saturday, September 19, 2020 in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts on Cape Cod with a small group of close friends and family present, socially distanced. While it was far from the wedding they had imagined, it was perfect in almost every way.

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  • NATS Journal of Singing Publishes Sisco’s Research Article

    David’s research article “Bringing a Different Kind of Research into the Studio” was published in the September/October 2020 edition of the NATS Journal of Singing. The article explains how the scientific research of curiosity, vulnerability, mindfulness, and self-care can enhance the work voice teachers do with their students in the studio.

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  • Sisco becomes Adjunct Voice Faculty at NYU Steinhardt

    David is very pleased to be joining NYU Steinhardt’s voice faculty this Fall, working with undergraduate and graduate singers in a variety of majors. David is thrilled to be collaborating with the engaged and supportive faculty at Steinhardt.

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  • Gualtieri & Sisco Release Songs from “Draw the Circle Wide”

    Tom Gualtieri and David Sisco just released the first of 4 songs written for their video series, “Draw the Circle Wide,” dedicated to the importance of equity in the theatre industry. Click here to watch Jonathan Burke’s performance of “I Don’t Want to Go.”

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  • CMT.com 2nd Virtual Concert

    ContemporaryMusicalTheatre.com holds its second virtual concert on Monday, August 3 at 7 PM (EST). The concert will feature the premiere of Tom Gualtieri and David Sisco’s “I Don’t Want to Go,” written for Broadway actor Jonathan Burke. Learn more about Jonathan and the creation of the song through Gualtieri & Sisco’s video series, “Draw the Circle Wide.” Click here to register for the concert.

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  • NYU Vocal Faculty Summer 2020

    June 22, 2020: For the third year, David will serve on the voice faculty of NYU Steinhardt’s Summer Virtual Musical Theatre Workshop and Remote Contemporary Vocal Workshop. You can read more about them here.

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  • NATS Virtual Conference

    May 18 : David and his colleague Laura Josepher will present their session “Teaching Contemporary Musical Theatre” at the NATS Virtual Conference June 24 – 30. For more information, click here.

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  • Virtual B’way Concert

    April 27: ContemporaryMusicalTheatre.com presents their first virtual concert featuring some of Broadway’s brightest performers. Click here to watch.

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