Chaz Salazar • NOI+F Sphinx Futurist Fellow & Program Lead
Chicano flutist Chaz Salazar employs “classical” music as a catalyst for social justice as a performer, teaching artist and musical activist. He works to ensure that students who are part of marginalized communities, specifically BIPOC, have equitable exposure and access to music and music education. As such, Chaz is thrilled to launch the Youth Mentorship Program (YMP) through his NOI+F Sphinx Futurist Fellowship.
In his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, he has served as the flute instructor for Harmony Project Phoenix, an El Sistema-inspired program. Chaz received his early formal musical training from a similar program called Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children that provides free music lessons to under-resourced youth.
A first-generation college graduate, Chaz earned both his B.M. and M.M. degrees in Flute Performance from Arizona State University, the latter degree as a Reach for the Stars Fellow. In addition, Chaz recently completed his Artist Diploma at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Chaz’s influential teachers include Demarre McGill, Judy Conrad, Brian Gordon, Elizabeth Buck and Marco Granados.
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National Orchestral Institute + Festival
Marin Alsop, Music Director
The National Orchestral Institute + Festival, a program of the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, trains aspiring orchestral musicians, composers, conductors and arts administrators from across the country in a month of dynamic music-making and professional exploration at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Musicians are chosen through a rigorous, cross-country audition process. Every year, these young artists present passionate and awe-inspiring performances of adventuresome repertoire both at The Clarice and in the College Park, Maryland community.
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The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is the thriving center for the performing arts at the University of Maryland. In the building are creative partners presenting arts that reflect our evolving cultural landscape, championing the creation of new work and engaging audiences in unique experiences – ultimately building the future of the arts. Located on a 17- acre site, The Clarice is one of the largest and best-equipped performing arts venues on any university campus. The building houses a performing arts library, lecture halls, seminar rooms, rehearsal spaces and sound-isolated practice rooms.
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