Patrick Sise, guitar faculty

A dedicated private teacher since 2006, Patrick Sise has over 10 years of teaching experience. Since 2012, he has guided the Guitar Program at Frostburg State University, where he is lecturer in Guitar.

A native of Richmond Virginia, Mr. Sise started playing the guitar when he moved to Elkton, Maryland at the age of eleven, and received his Associate of Arts degree in music/guitar from Cecil College in 2006.  While attending Cecil College, he received the 2005/06 Cecil County Arts Council Fellowship, which awarded annually to one student for artistic excellence.

Mr. Sise holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Guitar Performance and Guitar Pedagogy from the Peabody Institute, where he studied with Julian Gray.  During his graduate studies at Peabody, Mr. Sise was awarded a graduate assistantship with the music education department.

An active performer, Mr. Sise has performed at a wide variety of venues throughout the northeast region, including the Guitar Foundation of America’s regional symposium, Cecil College’s Milburn Stone Theatre, the Port Deposit Heritage Corporation concert series, and the Lehigh Valley Classical Guitar Festival.  Other notable performances include the 2010 Port Deposit Heritage Corporation Holiday Concert where he performed with Peabody faculty member Donald Sutherland, organist, and the 2009-2010 John E. Marlow Guitar Series. In addition to solo and chamber concerts, he is currently concertizing with his duo partner, guitarist Mark Edwards. He has performed in master classes for Manuel Barrueco, Adam Holzman, Laura Oltman, David Leisner, David Starobin, William Kanengiser, Bruce Holzman, Ricardo Cobo, Lorenzo Micheli, Ana Vidovic, and Nathan Fischer.

A versatile musician with eclectic tastes, Mr. Sise is the founder of Arizona Bay, a band that is dedicated to performing the music of  Tool as well as original compositions.  Mr. Sise is also an active member of We Love the Underground.  Both bands have performed all around the Baltimore area at popular venues such as the Ottobar and Angel’s Rock Bar in Power Plant Live.

Mr. Sise is active in community outreach programs.  During his student days, he was a member of Creative Access, a student-run volunteer performance program. In addition, he was a site coordinator for the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Baltimore City Veterans Hospital, where he performed monthly.  He is currently active in the Face-to-Face Guitar program, an organization that provides free lessons to Baltimore’s inner-city elementary school students.

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