Adjunct Professor of Wind Ensemble
B.A., University of Akron
M.M., Kent State University
Matthew Salvaggio, a native of Huntsburg, Ohio, currently serves as Professor of Wind Ensemble at Hiram College. In addition to his teaching at Hiram, he is also a member of the applied woodwind faculty at Geauga Music Center, and is the music librarian and staff arranger for the Cleveland Pops Orchestra.
Prior to his serving on the faculty of Hiram, Mr. Salvaggio was the founder and conductor of the Kent Intercollegiate Wind Ensemble – a community/service-based ensemble in Kent, Ohio. With that group, he conducted several successful world premieres and recorded two film scores. Matt has also served as Graduate Assistant Director of Orchestras and Graduate Assistant in Bands at Kent State University. In 2007, he served as a guest conductor in residence with the Medina Community Band.
Mr. Salvaggio is active as a guest clinician and has been invited to conduct local public school bands, community bands and summer music camps. Most recently, he has served as a Guest Conductor/Lecturer with the Lakeland Community College Civic Orchestra. In 2010, Matt was invited to perform a live conducting audition with the United States Army Bands – an honor reserved for a select few each year.
Matt holds memberships in the National Conductors Guild, College Band Directors National Association, Ohio Music Education Association, Music Educators National Conference, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles and Tau Beta Sigma ('07). Mr. Salvaggio earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from The University of Akron in 2008 and a Master of Music degree in instrumental conducting from Kent State University in 2010. At Kent State, Matt was a student of Wayne Gorder, Scott Seaton, Scott Curfman and Marcus Neiman.