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Neil Sisauyhoat

Dr. Neil Sisauyhoat is a versatile performer and educator specializing in classical, contemporary, and Afro-Cuban percussion.  He currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Percussion at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, TX, where he teaches studio lessons, directs the Percussion Ensemble, and coordinates the percussion program.  Sisauyhoat has previously served as a Percussion Instructor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music.  He was an integral director of the UW-Madison World Percussion Ensemble, which won the Percussive Arts Society World Percussion Ensemble Competition and performed at the 2010 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC).

As an orchestral musician, Sisauyhoat currently freelances with the Corpus Christi Symphony, Corpus Christi Cathedral, and the Victoria Chorus.  He has served as Principal Percussionist with the Beloit/Janesville Symphony and extra percussionist and timpanist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra.  Sisauyhoat has performed at Carnegie Hall with the New England Symphonic Ensemble under the direction of John Rutter and performed at Lincoln Center and Symphony Space in New York City.  Other performance credits include the Michigan Chamber Players, Berkeley Opera, and San Francisco Lyric Opera.

Sisauyhoat has performed at the Texas Jazz Festival in Corpus Christi, and freelanced with the Ric Cortez Jazz Quartet, the Eddie Olivares Jazz Quartet, Lee Liscano, and Glynn Garcia.  In Madison, Sisauyhoat was a member of the Tony Castañeda Latin Jazz Band, Grupo Balanca, a Brazilian Pagode group, and WADOMA, an African Drum and Dance group. He was also one of the founding members of Grupo Ara Oko, an Afro-Cuban Folkloric ensemble based in New York City.

Sisauyhoat can be heard on the Equilibrium label and has recorded audio examples for Dr. Walter Everett’s, The Foundations of Rock: From "Blue Suede Shoes" to "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes", published by Oxford University Press.

Sisauyhoat earned the Bachelor of Music degree from Lawrence University, the Master of Music degree from Mannes College of Music, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan.  He endorses Remo Drumheads, Latin Percussion, Inc., and Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets.