David Sisco, Founder & Curator
Lorene Phillips, Contributing Editor
The Directory of Contemporary Musical Theatre Writers is a unique interactive resource, which allows subscribers to access the rich landscape of contemporary musical theatre and directly connect with today’s best writers.
Even many Broadway and off-Broadway shows never receive published scores because they aren’t considered marketable to a broad consumer base. This leaves hundreds of well-written songs in obscurity, making it the writer’s job to market their own work. By circumventing traditional publishing models, we help voice teachers, students and musical theatre professionals explore our writer’s songs, introducing them to well-crafted material they won’t find anywhere else.
Subscribers can easily search our ever-growing database (currently with over 160 writers and 400 songs) by voice and song type. Each writer or writing team’s page includes their head shot, bio, contact information and up to eight of their best songs (including solos, duets and songs for youth and teens). Individual song records highlight range, tessitura, accompaniment difficulty and transposition availability with links to listen/view the songs and information on how to purchase them from the writers (we don’t take a percentage of the writer’s sales). Click here to see sample pages.
All songs are vetted by industry professionals, including a director, vocal coach, voice teacher and actor. We proudly feature repertoire that covers the gamut of styles from legit to pop/rock.
In addition to our database of fantastic, largely unpublished repertoire, The Directory has become a hub for informative interviews and exclusive media content. Our blog associated with the project - which covers a wide range of topics facing the musical theatre industry - has received over 84,000 hits in more than 20 countries since its launch in January 2012. We also have a growing educational outreach program, including masterclasses and workshops, and regularly produce concerts to further build a bridge between our writers and those invested in contemporary musical theatre.
The Directory was first presented as a poster paper at the 2012 NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Convention in Orlando. Since its web launch in November 2013, the resource has been presented at the International Congress of Voice Teachers Conference in Brisbane, Australia and has been featured in Playbill, BroadwayWorld.com and American Theatre Magazine.
Keep your finger on the pulse of the best of the best and the newest of the new by subscribing to The Directory! We have several options for individual and institutional members. For more information, click here.
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About The Creators
David Sisco is the author of HERE I AM: A MUSICAL PERSONAL AD, VARIATIONS ON A THEME OF YOU, SOPRANOS BAIT n' SWISH and with Tom Gualtieri FALLING TO EARTH and I'M AFRAID, YOU'RE AFRAID: 448 THINGS TO FEAR AND WHY. A winner of the 2010 NATS Composition Award, David’s art songs have been heard at concerts produced by Friends & Enemies of New Music, New Music New York, Joy in Singing, Lyricfest and Songfest. Forthcoming commissions include works for Manhattan Girls Chorus and Mirari Brass Quintet. For over twelve years David has been a member of the Marble Collegiate Church Sanctuary Choir. He has sung on all three of their CDs, including their forthcoming recording, which will feature his piece “Awake, My Heart.” David has taught voice at Northeastern and Suffolk University, and currently teaches at Marymount Manhattan College. He also leads masterclasses around the country on preparing contemporary art song. www.davidsisco.com
Lorene Phillips has sung with Syracuse Opera, Mohawk Valley Opera, Opera Nova, Opera New York and Brooklyn Repertory Opera. Most recently she premiered the role of Abbess Marie in Susan Stoderl’s Veil of Forgetfulness. Conducting highlights include her tenure as Director of the Children of the World Choir at Marble Collegiate Church where she performed at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall with the choir and her work as the conductor of Scarlatti’s Eraclea (world premiere) with Opera Nova. Lorene collaborated with composer David Sisco to produce the innovative operatic sketch comedy, Sopranos, with Caprice Opera and the NY Fringe Festival. Additionally, Lorene is a private voice teacher in NYC with over 12 years of experience in preparing singers for auditions, performances and tours. She teaches contemporary commercial vocal technique alongside classical pedagogy and her students have performed on Broadway, in national tours and in regional theater. Additionally, Lorene sings chorally, does commercial voice over work and teaches preschool music classes. She is a graduate of Indiana University and Syracuse University.
Headshots by Joshua Bouchard - http://www.grogshopphotography.com/