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Christine Salerno

Christine Salerno
Adjunct Instructor
SA 115
(920) 465-2734

Education: M.M. Northern Colorado; B.M. Western Michigan

Christine Salerno is the director of the University of Wisconsin Green Bay Vocal Jazz Ensemble, which recently received an “Outstanding Vocal Jazz Ensemble” award at the 2004 Elmhurst College Jazz Festival. Three of Christine’s private jazz voice students at UWGB and Lawrence University received the top college awards for the 2005 Downbeat Jazz Voice category.

Christine has been a vocal jazz educator for twenty-one years, teaching at The University of Northern Colorado, Florida Atlantic University, Western Michigan University, and Palm Beach Community College. She was the director of the 2001 Wisconsin State Music Association Honors Vocal Jazz Ensemble and the director of the 2005 Pennsylvania All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Christine has also served on the judging panel for the Wisconsin State Composition Award competition.

Christine is a frequent guest clinician at high school and university jazz festivals, including Millikin, Boise State, Lawrence University, the University of Northern Colorado, and others. She has several published vocal jazz arrangements with the UNC Jazz Press, some of which have been performed and recorded by professional and college ensembles including Millikin University, Washington State University, Western Michigan University, the University of Northern Colorado, the University of Miami, and Roosevelt University which premiered her arrangement of “The Closer I Get To You” at the 2000 International Association of Jazz Educators Convention.

Christine also composes for her Contemporary Jazz and World Music Group, “ZIJI”, which has performed in such exclusive venues as the Elkhart Jazz Festival in Indiana, and the Neenah and Fox Cities Jazz Festivals in Wisconsin, among others. She has recorded and/or performed with Chuck Loeb, Nelson Rangell, Eliane Elias, Kurt Elling, Billy Drews, Kip Kuepper, and many more.