Conductor, Interlochen Philharmonic, Interlochen Arts Camp
NEH Distinguished Chair in the Humanities, Lehigh University
Professor of Music, Lehigh University
Ph.D. in Music Composition from Harvard University; B.A., Music, Amherst College
Paul Salerni’s widely performed music "pulses with life, witty musical ideas and instrumental color" (The Philadelphia Inquirer), and has been described by the New York Times as "impressive" and "playful." Recent commissions include RIOULT (ballet) and Philadelphia Brass. Salerni's one-act opera Tony Caruso's Final Broadcast won the NOA's Chamber Opera competition and is available on a highly acclaimed Naxos recording. His second one-act, The Life and Love of Joe Coogan is an adaptation of a Dick Van Dyke TV Show episode. He is published by Theodore Presser and Alfred Music.
An expert on the music of his mentor, Earl Kim, Salerni has performed Kim's music in Korea, at the Kennedy Center, the 92nd St. Y, and the Aspen Music Festival. He conducts the Monocacy Chamber Orchestra and served for seven years on the Board of Directors of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, including two years as its Chair.