Born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1940, Sidlin studied at the Peabody Institute, graduating in 1968 with a Master's degree. Sidlin's first appointment after graduating was as Assistant Conductor at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under Sergiu Comissiona. He was later appointed Resident conductor at the National Symphony Orchestra under Antal Doráti, and with Oregon Symphony Orchestra. He was also the Music Director of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, and the Tulsa Philharmonic.
For 32 years he was co-director (together with David Zinman) of the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Festival. Alumni of the program during his tenure include Peter Oundjian, Cristian Macelaru, Tomas Netopil, Tito Muñoz, Philippe Bach, José De Eusebio, Hugh Wolff, James Gaffigan, Apo Hsu, Lawrence Golan, Kenneth Woods, Sasha Mäkilä, Kenneth Kiesler, Josep Caballé Domenech, and David Hayes.
Sidlin is a member of Prague Society for International Cooperation, a respected NGO whose main goals are networking and the development of a new generation of responsible, well-informed leaders and thinkers.
- McCabe, Brett. "May it go to the heart". Johns Hopkins Magazine. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
- Society of Peabody Alumni. "Murry Sidlin: Peabody Distinguished Alumni Award (2011)". Murry Sidlin: Peabody Distinguished Alumni Award (2011). Peabody Institute. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
- "Murry Sidlin, Ordinary Professor, Conducting". Murry Sidlin, Ordinary Professor, Conducting. The Catholic University of America. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
- Members of Prague Society
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