Edward S. Lisk

Birth: Feb. 1, 1934

Induction: February 2, 2008

Edward S. 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 served as Director of Bands and K-12 Music Supervisor for the Oswego City School District in Oswego, New York. Under his direction, the Oswego High School Wind Ensemble was recognized for its musical excellence with performances at most national instrumental conferences and had the privilege of being conducted by thirty-one of the nation’s most distinguished conductors and composers.
He is a recipient of the distinguished 2009 Midwest Medal of Honor. The Midwest Medal of Honor recognizes the recipients for their conspicuous efforts, worldwide recognition, and continuing influence in the development and improvement of instrumental ensembles. He is also the recipient of the 2012 Phi Beta Mu International Outstanding Contributor to Bands Award.
Called a “unique leader in the profession” and “a dynamic force in music education,” Edward S. Lisk has been invited to speak and conduct throughout the United States and abroad. He 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.
His active guest-conducting schedule includes all-state bands, honor bands, university and professional bands. Since 1985, Mr. Lisk has served as an adjunct professor, appeared as a clinician/lecturer, adjudicator, and guest conductor throughout 85 universities in 46 states, five Canadian Provinces and Australia. He is the author of The Creative Director Series (10 pub.) published by Meredith Music Publications, a coauthor of the highly acclaimed 9-volume publication by GIA, Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, andeditor of the Edwin Franko Goldman March Series for Carl Fischer Music Publications.
Mr. Lisk served as Vice President of the Midwest Clinic Board of Directors, and President and CEO of the John Philip Sousa Foundation. He is a past-president of the National Band Association (’90-’92) and served NBA as Executive Secretary Treasurer (‘97-‘02). He is the recipient of many distinguished awards and titles