Adjunct Instructor, Saxophone
Dr. Salinas is currently teaching applied saxophone and music appreciation courses at Sam Houston State University School of Music in Huntsville, Texas. Prior to his appointment at SHSU, Dr. Salinas served as the Assistant Professor of Saxophone at Soochow University School of Music located in Suzhou, Jiangsu, China. While in China, Dr. Salinas performed many solo and chamber music recitals and had the opportunity to play with the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. As a native of Houston, Texas, he has performed with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Houston Ballet, and as well as with Musiqa, an award-winning American contemporary music ensemble. He has performed as a soloist live on National Public Radio’s “The Front Row” and at notable venues such as the Shanghai Symphony Hall, Jinan Grand Theatre, the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theatre in Washington DC, and The Lila Cockrell Theatre in San Antonio, Texas. He has given solo performances throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.
Dr. Salinas is a founding member of the award-winning Amethyst Quartet. In 2008, Amethyst was the first saxophone quartet in history to sweep the United States’ most prestigious chamber music competitions, winning first prizes at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition, and the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition (MTNA). Other individual awards include the international Frank Huntington Beebe Fund (2006), Hellam Young Artist Competition (2005), and Andreas Makris Woodwind Competition (2004).
Prior to his appointment in China, Dr. Salinas taught at San Jacinto College and Morehead State University teaching courses in applied saxophone, chamber music, and music technology. His students have gone on to make the All-State Band in both Illinois and Texas and have been featured in master classes and performances at North American Saxophone Alliance Regional and National Conferences.
Dr. Salinas earned his Doctoral of Musical Arts, Master of Music, and Bachelor of Music degrees in saxophone performance from Northwestern University. His primary teachers include Dr. Frederick L. Hemke, Dr. Timothy McAllister, Dr. Karen Wylie, Jason Bird, and Dr. Woody Witt. Dr. Salinas is a Legere Artist and performs regularly on Selmer Saxophones.