Summer Graduate Music Workshops

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Edward S. LiskEdward S. Lisk
Acclaimed Music Educator and Guest Clinician

Dr. Lisk is an internationally recognized clinician, conductor, and author. He is a graduate of Syracuse University School of Music with graduate studies at Ithaca School of Music, Syracuse University, and Oswego State University. He is an honored and elected member (48th) of the prestigious National Band Hall of Fame for Distinguished Conductors. This is considered the very highest honor any band director can ever receive in their lifetime. He joins the ranks of notable conductors such as John Philip Sousa, Edwin Franko Goldman, Henry Fillmore, Col. Arnald Gabriel and Col. John R. Bourgeois, among many others. The National Band Hall of Fame for Distinguished Conductors is housed in a magnificent facility made available by Troy University in Alabama.

Mr. Lisk is the 2009 recipient of the distinguished Midwest Medal of Honor. The Midwest Medal of Honor was introduced in 1962 as a way to honor conductors, educators, and composers whose unique service to music education and continuing influence on the development and improvement of bands and orchestras deserving special recognition. The Midwest Medal of Honor will be presented to him on December 18th at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois.

Mr. Lisk is an inducted member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and in the year 2000, served as the 63rd President of this distinguished organization founded by Edwin Franko Goldman. He has an active guest-conducting schedule that includes all-state bands, honor bands, university, and professional bands. He has served as guest conductor for the U.S. Air Force Band, Australian Wind Symphony, U.S. Interservice Band, U.S. Army Field Band and the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own.” He had the distinguished honor of conducting the world premiere performance of the first American Bandmasters Association’s commissioned composition Endurance, by Timothy Mahr with the United States Interservice Band at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC.

Recognized as a national leader for school band programs, rehearsal/instructional techniques, and school reform issues, his state and national presentations continue to serve directors in building and improving band programs. The University of Alabama School of Music appointed Mr. Lisk to the distinguished Endowed Chair Position in Music Education for the 2007-2008 school year. Since 1985, he has served as an adjunct professor, appeared as a clinician/lecturer, adjudicator, and guest conductor throughout 46 states and 5 Canadian Provinces. In 1990, he traveled to Australia and presented sessions for the Australian National Band and Orchestra Clinic in Perth, Melbourne, and Sidney.

Mr. Lisk is the author of The Creative Director Series (9 pub.) published by Meredith Music Publications and a coauthor of the highly acclaimed 7-volume publication by GIA, Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. He is the editor for the Edwin Franko Goldman March Series for Carl Fischer Music Publications, which include, On The Mall March, The ABA March, Bugles and Drums March, Onward-Upward March and On Parade March.

Mr. Lisk is an appointed member of the Midwest Clinic Board of Directors and serves the John Philip Sousa Foundation as Vice-president for Administration. He is a past-president of the National Band Association (’90-’92) and served NBA as Executive Secretary Treasurer (‘97-‘02). He holds membership in several professional associations and is an International Honorary Member of Phi Beta Mu. He is the recipient of many distinguished awards and titles.