Musical Director

Matthew Salvaggio, Musical and Artistic Director

Matthew Salvaggio is an American conductor currently holding several musical directorships. The 2019/20 season marks his third year as Music Director of the Euclid Symphony Orchestra, where his responsibilities include conducting classical, pops and educational concerts.  Additionally, he is in his fifth year as Musical and Artistic Director of the University Heights Symphonic Band, and is the conductor/co-founder of Orchestra 19, a 19th-century historical performance practice orchestra based in Cleveland.

Prior to these appointments, Matt has served as Director of Bands on the faculty at Hiram College, and adjunct professor of conducting at Lakeland Community College.

An advocate for new music, Matthew has helped commission fifteen works for winds in the last decade from composers including Mark Camphouse, Anthony O’Toole, Michael Kallstrom, Kevin Waczyk and Tony Manfredonia. 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.

In 2019, Matt 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. In 2015, he was a semi-finalist in the National Band Association’s Young Conductor Mentor Project. Mr. Salvaggio 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 was the founder and conductor of the Kent Intercollegiate Wind Ensemble – a community/service-based ensemble in 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 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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