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Blair Salter

Assistant Teaching Professor; Music Director Opera Theatre
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113 Music Building I

Collaborative pianist Blair Salter is a versatile performer and music director who has worked at prestigious opera companies and young artist programs throughout North America. A graduate of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, San Francisco Opera’s Merola Young Artist Program, Wolf Trap Opera, and the Glimmerglass Festival, Blair is currently a member of the music staff at Santa Fe Opera and joined the music faculty at Penn State University in 2021.

Blair has worked on staff at Houston Grand Opera, Opera Colorado, Michigan Opera Theatre, Sewanee WinterFest Opera Intensive, and the CoOPERAtive Program. Her extensive recital credits include programs curated for the HGO Recital Series, Cincinnati Song Initiative, and Sam Houston State University Art Song Festival. She has performed at multiple conferences, including the New Works Forum at Opera America, the African American Song Alliance Conference, the Song of America Conference in partnership with the Hampsong Foundation, and the NATS National Conference in Las Vegas.

An advocate of contemporary music, Blair has appeared in residency at the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar, and with the Khemia Ensemble. She has also worked on several operatic world premieres, including Lord of Cries and The Thirteenth Child at Santa Fe Opera, and The Phoenix and El Milagro del Recuerdo at HGO. She is currently building a database of contemporary opera arias to promote the work of living composers and librettists.

She attended the University of Western Ontario for her BM in piano performance and MM in collaborative piano. She completed her DMA at the University of Michigan, where she studied with Martin Katz.

  • Education
    • DMA University of Michigan
    • MM University of Western Ontario
    • BM University of Western Ontario
    • ARCT Royal Conservatory of Music
  • Courses Taught
    • Lyric Diction
    • Opera Workshop
  • Expertise
    • Collaborative Piano
    • Vocal Coaching
    • Contemporary Opera