Musical Director

Matthew Salvaggio, Musical and Artistic Director

Matthew Salvaggio is the founder and Music Director of the Cleveland Repertory Orchestra. Additionally, the 2021/22 season marks his fifth season as Music Director of the Euclid Symphony Orchestra, where his responsibilities include conducting classical, pops, and educational concerts, and his seventh season as Musical and Artistic Director of the University Heights Symphonic Band.

Matt was a 2020 finalist for the American Prize in wind conducting and a 2015 semi-finalist in the National Band Association’s Young Conductor Mentor Project. In 2019, he was a finalist for conducting positions with both the United States Army and Air Force Bands – an honor reserved for a select few each year.

As an artistic leader, Matthew has guided his ensembles through the process of becoming independent non-profit entities and expanded programming with each of his organizations. In 2019, he established the annual Tom Baker Young Artists Competition with the Euclid Symphony Orchestra – which awards a performance opportunity with the ESO and a cash prize.

An advocate for new music, Matt has helped commission nearly twenty works in the last decade from composers including Mark Camphouse, Anthony O’Toole, and Steve Danyew. Artistic collaborations include John Rautenberg (Cleveland Orchestra), John DiCesare (Seattle Symphony), Joshua Lauretig (Buffalo Philharmonic), Kyra Kester (Akron Symphony), Cameron Leach, J.c. Sherman, Emily Cornelius, and ESO concertmaster Liesl Hook.

From 2014-2018, Matt served as Director of Bands on the faculty at Hiram College, and adjunct professor of conducting at Lakeland Community College. He is active as a guest conductor and clinician and has been invited to conduct local public-school bands, community bands, summer music camps, and honors ensembles.

While completing his master’s degree, Mr. Salvaggio founded and conducted the Kent Intercollegiate Wind Ensemble – a community/service-based ensemble in Kent, Ohio. With that group, he conducted several 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 was a guest conductor in residence with the Medina Community Band.

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Matt earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from the University of Akron and a Master of Music degree in conducting from Kent State University. At Kent State, his primary teachers were Scott Seaton and Wayne Gorder, and he has undertaken additional conducting study in symposia with Donald Hunsberger, Mallory Thompson, Michael Haithcock, Rodney Winther, and Michael Votta. Matt maintains memberships in the College Band Directors National Conference, National Conductors Guild, Ohio Music Education Association, National Association for Music Education, Association of Concert Bands, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and Tau Beta Sigma (’07).

Matt lives in Cleveland with his partner, Joshua.

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