In the Community
The Salem State University music department strives to enrich not only the Salem State community, but also the communities of Salem and beyond. The performance offerings sponsored by the music department and the Salem State University Center for the Creative and Performing Arts have created a valuable cultural resource on the North Shore of Massachusetts. The department has hosted such diverse artists as the John Scofield Trio, So Percussion, the Boston Gay Men's Chorus, and Indian tabla star Adita Kalyanpur.
Community contributions not only come from the artists who perform at Salem State, they also come from music department faculty, staff and students. Staff and faculty members volunteer their time with organizations such as Rockport Music, the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival, the Boston Singers Resource and the Salem Cultural Council, while other members of the department serve as music directors for local churches and non-profit community groups. Many students, staff and faculty can also be seen performing in venues all over Greater Boston and the New England region.
Salem State Music students also volunteer in a variety of ways. Music department student ensembles, such as the Salem State Jazz Band, have performed at both on-campus and off-campus events. Other students have volunteered in local elementary schools, area drum and bugle camps, festivals and other community endeavors. If you you would like more information on how we may be able to help with your community or school event, please contact the music department at 978.542.6296.