Nathan Salazar is currently a masters student at Michigan State University, majoring in multiple woodwind performance where he is an academic achievement graduate assistant with the saxophone studio. Salazar is also the Adjunct Instructor of Saxophone at Albion College. Salazar graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University and Barrett, The Honors College with a degree in music performance. As a soloist, Salazar was the winner of the ASU concerto competition where he was a featured soloist with the ASU Wind Ensemble, a finalist with the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition, the Brevard Jean and Beatie Wood Concerto Competition, and The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Collegiate Solo Competition, and a semifinalist with the North American Saxophone Alliance Collegiate Solo Competition.
Salazar is an active chamber musician and was the alto saxophone chair of the successful chamber group, the Seyon Quartet. Seyon has been a guest performing group at Midwestern State University, Brookhaven College, West Texas A&M University, and Chamber Music Montana. Seyon also received first prize in the Coltman Chamber Music Competition and Second Prize in the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Winds Competition.
Salazar is currently the soprano saxophone chair of the East Lansing based group, Quartet Samod, which provides concerts and masterclasses in Michigan and throughout the country. Salazar’s principal teachers include Joseph Lulloff, Christopher Creviston, Donald Fabian, and Buddy Mattei.