In the Community
The Salem State University music and dance department strives to enrich not only the Salem State University community, but also the communities of Salem and beyond. The performance offerings sponsored by the music and dance 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, Alvin Ailey II, Taylor 2, Doug Varone and Dancers, Martha Graham, and others.
The department engages the greater North Shore community through partnerships and programming. Each year the dance program hosts a thriller flash mob on Salem Commons and a Community Dance Studio Day on campus in the dance studio. The music program is piloting an Early Childhood Music Education program with Pathways for Children, participated in the FASST (Ford and Salem State Together) after school program offering a variety of musical activities to third, fourth and fifth grade students from the Ford School in Lynn, and is home to the Salem Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Also, community members are invited to participate and perform in many of the department’s performance ensembles.
Music and dance department faculty, staff and students are involved in many community activities throughout the region, volunteering their time with various community organizations. Some members of the department also serve as music directors and instructors 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. The music and dance department also hosts numerous workshops by faculty and guest artists, which are open to the public.
Salem State music students also volunteer in a variety of ways. Student music ensembles, such as the Salem State Jazz Band, have performed at both on-campus and off-campus events. Other music and dance students have volunteered in local elementary schools, area drum and bugle corps, festivals, and other community endeavors.