School of Music Welcomes Opera/Coach Blair Salter

Dr. Blair Salter will be joining Penn State’s School of Music this August as the Assistant Teaching Professor in the area of Opera Coaching. 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 where she will continue during their summer season.

I’m thrilled to be joining the faculty at Penn State this fall. The university cultivates a creative and supportive environment full of talented and enthusiastic students. I’m honored to have the opportunity to join such a collaborative team.”  – Blair Salter

School of Music Director David Frego said, “Even through a virtual interview process, it was clear that Dr. Salter was able to connect with our students and guide them to new musical discovery. Dr. Salter will be a great addition to the voice area.”

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 a program of music curated for the HGO Recital Series at Rienzi, which featured a commissioned set of songs by Jamie Leidwinger. She has participated in and performed at multiple conferences, including: the New Works Forum at Opera America in New York City, the African American Song Alliance Conference in Irvine, California, the Song of America Conference in partnership with the Hampsong Foundation’s Song in Dialogue, and at the NATS National Conference in Las Vegas.

Dr. Salter holds a Bachelor of Music in piano performance and a Master of Music in collaborative piano from the University of Western Ontario. She completed a Doctoral of Musical Arts at the University of Michigan in collaborative piano as a student of Martin Katz.