Matthew Salvaggio, a native of Huntsburg, Ohio, currently teaches as a member of the applied woodwind faculty at Geauga Music Center in addition to serving as the music librarian for the Cleveland Pops Orchestra.
Prior to his serving on the faculty of Geauga Music Center, he was the founder and conductor of the Kent Intercollegiate Wind Ensemble – a community/service-based ensemble in Kent, Ohio. With that group, Mr. Salvaggio 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, the College Band Directors National Association, the Ohio Music Education Association, Music Educators National Conference, the International Double Reed Society and Tau Beta Sigma (’07), the national band service sorority. 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 Curfman, Marcus Neiman and Scott Seaton.