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Jen Sisbarro Trio Featured

Jennifer Sisbarro, applied instructor of voice at HWS, was recently featured in the Daily Messenger newspaper with the Jen Sisbarro Trio, who performed as part of the Joyful Noise concert series at All Things Art in Canandaigua this past weekend. The article, which announced the concert and profiled the group, notes Sisbarro’s musical history, “I’ve been singing since I was three,” Sisbarro is quoted. “My parents are both bluegrass musicians – my mother sings and my dad plays guitar.”

Sisbarro received a B.A. in vocal performance (summa cum laude) from SUNY Geneseo and a Master of Music (magna cum laude) in vocal performance from Ithaca College. She has toured internationally with the Geneseo Chamber Singers and performed with the Geneseo Carol Choristers and Cayuga Vocal Ensemble.

“I loved learning about the voice, the operatics and how the voice works,” quotes the Daily Messenger. “I was lucky enough to find a job right out of my master’s, at Hobart and William Smith. I really like watching the growth of a student – I like watching the light bulb go off when they get something.”

As a choral singer she has been a featured soloist in many choral pieces, including major works such as Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and Schubert’s Mass in G. An active vocalist in the Finger Lakes area, Sisbarro has a diverse background in classical, jazz, musical theater, bluegrass and popular music.

In addition to classical studies with Pamela Kurau and Patrice Pastore, she has studied vocal jazz with Laurie Robinson Keegan. Sisbarro divides her teaching time between HWS, the Hochstein School of Music in Canandaigua, and St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy in Geneva.

The full article in which she is featured follows.


The Daily Messenger
An afternoon of classic jazz
Staff Reports • February 26, 2009
Canandaigua, N.Y. –

Jazz standards from the Jen Sisbarro Trio – voice, bass and piano featuring the vocals of local music instructor Jennifer Sisbarro – will be heard in the next installment of the Joyful Noise concert series at All Things Art.

The trio will be playing music from the likes of Cole Porter and Fats Waller, Sisbarro said, naming a few names: “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “A Fine Romance,” “The Girl From Ipanema.”

“I think people, especially the older generation, can really identify with that; those were songs that they heard when they were young,” Sisbarro said.

A instructor of voice at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, where she has taught for the past two and a half years, the soprano also teaches voice and general music at Finger Lakes Community College and is on the faculty at Hochstein School of Music and St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy in Geneva.

“I’ve been singing since I was three,” Sisbarro said. “My parents are both bluegrass musicians – my mother sings and my dad plays guitar.” Her interest in music continued and grew throughout high school, and she went on to earn a B.A. in vocal performance (summa cum laude) from SUNY Geneseo and a Master of Music (magna cum laude) in vocal performance from Ithaca College.

“I loved learning about the voice, the operatics and how the voice works,” she said. “I was lucky enough to find a job right out of my Master’s, at Hobart and William Smith.”

As an instructor, she said, “I really like watching the growth of a student – I like watching the light bulb go off when they get something.”

Sisbarro has performed with the Geneseo Carol Choristers and Cayuga Vocal Ensemble, and toured internationally with the Geneseo Chamber Singers. She enjoys singing in a variety of styles, and will be singing in a more classical styling in a fall performance at St. Peter’s.

Sisbarro also sings with a jazz quartet, and the lineups for her combos are fluid, though the trio has included electric bassist Geoff Smith, of the FLCC and Hochstein faculty, and pianist Mark Collins.

The Joyful Noise series is designed as an opportunity to hear light classical and other forms of music in an informal setting, the Ontario County Arts Council’s home on South Main. A reception follows each of the concerts, which are made possible through the New York State Council on the Arts, Phelps Arts Council and local businesses.

Upcoming Sunday-afternoon performances include Fingerlakes Bronze on March 29 and the duo of flutist Andrea VanHof and guitarist Mark Arnold on April 19.

If you go:
WHAT: Joyful Noise concert, featuring the Jen Sisbarro Trio

WHEN: Sunday, March 1, at 3 p.m.

WHERE: All Things Art, 65 S. Main St., Canandaigua

ADMISSION: $5 donation suggested at door