“But overall, it is not the craft of composition that stays with the listener, but what I would call the art—the emotional and spiritual content of these genuinely lovely pieces. It is, as Salerni promised, music that sings and dances.” -Henry Fogel, review of “Touched” CD in Fanfare


“His music ‘pulsated with life, witty musical ideas and instrumental color.'” -Philadelphia Inquirer

“…impressive was Mr. Salerni’s ‘Bad Pets,’ three playful cabaret songs based on Mr. Gioia’s sly ‘Alley Cat Love Song,’ Mark Doty’s frisky ‘Golden Retrievals’ and Robert Frost’s placid ‘Cow in Apple-Time.'” – The New York Times


Paul discussing The Barber of Seville with his student conductor/accompanists Tae Sakamoto and Cris Frisco

“My passion to write music arises out of a most basic human desire to touch other human beings. I compose because it gives me such pleasure to enable others to laugh, to dance, to feel tender, to be entertained. If music doesn’t communicate to an audience, why write it?”

– Paul Salerni

Some upcoming events/concerts featuring Salerni’s music in case you’re in these particular areas:


Saturday September 30 (8 p.m.)  and Sunday, October 1 (3 p.m.) :  Performances by the Bowers/Fader duo of two song cycles on poems (Ekphrastic Songs and Something Permanent) with slide visualizations by Linda Ganus. Also featured is a performance of Family Letters (Dana Gioia) by Hub and soprano Emily Thorner.  Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA. Also included on the concerts are works by John Heiss, Louis Karchin, Roberto Pace, as well as the Concord Sonata, Stephen Drury, pianoforte.







East Winds Paul with his StudentsEast Winds Concert on March 6 featured premieres of commissioned pieces by Paul and three of his former students–Tae Sakamoto, Heather Gilligan, and Mike D’Ambrosio




Please check out YouTube videos of  the four songs from “For Love or Money” (poems by Dana Gioia): 

Please read Fanfare review of Touched-Henry Fogel

Click here to see ‘Bad Pets’ from Jan Opalach’s Faculty Recital at the Eastman School of Music




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