Paul Siskind

Adjunct Assistant Professor First-Year Program

Ph.D. in Music Composition and Theory
University of Minnesota; 1993

Paul Siskind

Paul Siskind's career has encompassed a wide variety of fields and activities.


- My recent research has focused on the Lily Leaf Beetle (Lilioceris lilii), an invasive species spreading westward across the US and Canada.  I have been developing a strategy for controlling the beetle, using an Integrated Pest Management approach.

- I am currently working towards certification as a Master Naturalist.


- I have composed more than 100 pieces in many genres, including two operas, music for orchestra and band, choral music, chamber music, and jazz arrangements.
- Major performances and commissions include Pittsburgh Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Bluegrass Opera, the Dale Warland Singers, Burklyn Ballet Theatre, the Arditti String Quartet, and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe.
- My music is published by G. Schirmer, Cantando Musikkforlag, and Sweet Child Music.  Recordings include the Ablaze, Innova, Ravello, Albany, Equilibrium, and New Ariel labels.
- My research has focused on the pedagogical applications of music cognition.

Social Justice

- I am active as a lobbyist for the New York Healthy Workplace Advocates. Our primary objective is to work with the New York state legislature to pass the Healthy Workplace Bill, which will help prevent harassment in the workplace ("workplace bullying") and provide legal redress for its victims.

- I also provide workshops, consultations, and support to organizations and individuals that have been impacted by workplace harassment.

- My previous work focused on LGBT rights, including passage of the gay rights bill in Minnesota (in 1993), and serving on a task-force which authored one of the first comprehensive studies in the US about LGBT issues in academia.

Teaching Awards

- SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching; 2011

- Phi Eta Sigma honor society (Potsdam chapter) "Teacher of the Year" award; 2001, 2002, 2006


Ph.D. in Music Composition and Theory
University of Minnesota; 1993
Dissertation Fellowship

M.A. in Music Composition
Queens College, CUNY; 1988

B.S. in Biology
Tufts University; 1984
Phi Beta Kappa
Class of 1898 Award for breadth of scholarship


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