Hampson Sisler

Hampson Sisler is one of the most prolific American classical composers living today who was recently named "one of the significant composers of contemporary America" by The Organ Magazine, London. His first works were published at age nineteen starting with the H.W.Gray Co. and going on, with time, to Jos. Fischer & Co., Belwin Mills, E.P.Adams, Inc, World Library, Laurendale and Morning Star. He has written more than one hundred works for solo instruments, organ, voice, choir and orchestra. His works have been performed and recorded world-wide with leading orchestras in his native United States as well as Argentina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Israel, Philippines, Portugal, Russia and the Ukraine, etc. and under the direction of conductors that include Linus Lerner, Kirk Trevor, Marlon Daniel, Arkady Leytush, and Samuel Wong. Selected orchestras include: Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Filarmonic De Buenos Aires, Orquestra National Do Porto, New York Chamber Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Manhattan Virtuosi, Ensemble du Monde, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Moscow Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Odessa, Moscow Chamber Orchestra - Cantus Firmus, Sofia Philharmonic, Sofia Sinfonietta, Plovdiv Philharmonic, Varna Philharmonic, Bulgarian National Radio Orchestra, Praga Sinfonietta, Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, Slovak National Wind Ensemble, Outlooke Pointe Chamber Orchestra(Philippines) and others. Selected concert halls include: Henry Crown Hall, Jerusalem Theater (Jerusalem); Rudolfinum, Dvorak Hall (Prague); In New York: Alice Tully Hall and Merkin Hall at Lincoln Center; Honolulu Philharmonic Hall (Hawaii); Kiev Theater (Ukraine); Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires); Mosterio de S. Bento da Vitoria Hall (Portugal), Tchaikovsky Hall, (Moscow), Big Hall of St. Petersburg Philharmonic (Russia), Town Hall (Sydney); Bulgaria Hall (Sofia, Bulgaria) and many other halls, concert series, and festivals world-wide.

Recently Hampson Sisler got nominated for WHO"S WHO IN AMERICA as well as was selected to be artist of the week (April 14-20, 2014) at Public-Republic Magazine in Europe.

Born in Yonkers, New York, on August 13, 1932, he began to show a prodigious talent at an early age and by the time he was in kindergarten he was already able to play the keyboard by ear at an extraordinary level for one so young. When his mother was asked from whom he took lessons, her answer was: “He doesn’t take lessons; he just does it!”

By the age of twelve he was taken under the tutelage of David McK Williams and Norman Coke-Jephcott and began performing professionally on his major instrument, organ, and conducting choruses. He earned a licentiate in Organ and Related Subjects from Trinity College of Music, London, at age sixteen and achieved the fellowship rank in the American Guild of Organists at age seventeen – the youngest ever for this distinction.”

Today, in addition to being a composer, Sisler maintains a dual career as an organist and choral director. He has served seventeen churches, most notably Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn, where Abraham Lincoln was an occasional attendee, and Central Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, where Charles Ives served in the same position in the early 1900s.

Currently, Hampson Sisler is the music director at the historic St. James Episcopal Church in Elmhurst, New York. His recent compositions have been performed in Bulgaria, Israel, Czech Republic, Russia and the United States. The majority of his orchestral works have been recorded on the MSR Classics label. Mr. Sisler is presented world-wide by BV Artists International. More info: