Salazar’s Fellowship duties began July 1, 2020, and includes participation in the NOI+F for two consecutive summers. The in-person programming for this year’s summer festival was cancelled due to COVID-19, so he participated in NOI+F at Home, which was all virtual. He participated in master classes, creative workshops and panel discussions. Most recently, he was a panelist on the Futurist Fellows discussion about systemic racism in classical music and the future of the symphony orchestra.
This isn’t Salazar’s first time working with the Sphinx Organization, which is a Detroit-based national organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. In 2018, he applied for an audition grant through the National Alliance for Audition Support (NAAS), an initiative of Sphinx that provides financial support and audition training for Black and Latinx musicians to catalyze diversity in American orchestras. He has also been a participant in the Sphinx Orchestral Partner Auditions (SOPA) and attended the organization’s annual convention in Detroit as a SphinxConnect Fellow. Salazar is also a participant in the NAAS Online Audition Intensive, which runs May 29-July 17, 2020.
The Sphinx Organization also serves as an external evaluator and advisor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and CCM’s joint Diversity Fellowship program, which recently announced its 2020-22 class of musicians.
As a CCM student, Salazar is mentored by Professor Demarre McGill, principal flutist at the Seattle Symphony and winner of the Sphinx Medal of Excellence as well as an Avery Fisher Career Grant. “We are lucky to work with him and CCM is lucky to have him on faculty,” Salazar says. He has also coached with CCM Instructor Heather Verbeck, Professor Ixi Chen and Professor James Tocco.
“The administrators and staff at CCM have also been a huge support system for me including Anne Cushing-Reid, Amy Dennison and John Martin, all of the CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement department,” he adds. “All of these people have made my time at CCM fruitful!”
Outside of his performance studies, Salazar has enjoyed learning from CCM Arts Administration Professor Rebecca Bromels. Her Current Issues Forum course brought in guest speakers to every class to talk about issues in all types of arts organizations, he says. “This was a very useful class for me and spurred on my interest in arts administration as well,” he adds.
Additionally, Salazar is a flute instructor for CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement. He doesn’t have any students right now, but he does teach private lessons remotely via video. Interested flutists can connect with him by first inquiring about lessons through CCM Prep.
Salazar is also recording short performances at home over the summer and shares them on his YouTube channel. Viewers can enjoy his recent performance of Debussy’s Syrinx on CCM’s YouTube channel.