Johnny Salinas

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Saxophonist, Performer, Teacher

Johnny Salinas has served on the music faculty at Morehead State University. He is working towards completing his doctoral dissertation on “The History of the Saxophone in Mexico” at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Salinas earned his Master of Music (2006) and Bachelor of Music (2005) degrees in saxophone performance from the same institution. He is currently teaching and actively performing in his native city of Houston, Texas.

As an active chamber musician, Johnny is a founding member of the award-winning Amethyst Quartet. In 2008, Amethyst became the first saxophone quartet in United States to sweep the nation’s most prestigious chamber music competitions, winning first prizes at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition, and the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition (MTNA). As an active orchestral saxophonist, he has performed with many orchestras, most recently the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, and the Evanston Symphony Orchestra.

Reuniting with his high school alma mater, Johnny performed as the featured soloist at the 2007 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic (TMEA) with the Langham Creek High School Symphonic Band from Houston, Texas. In May 2007, Johnny was a featured soloist at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theatre as part of the Conservatory Project. Johnny has also won numerous individual awards including the International Frank Huntington Beebe Fund (2006), the Hellam Young Artist Competition (2005), and the Andreas Makris Woodwind Competition (2004).

As a teacher, many of Mr. Salinas’ students have gone on to make the All-State Band in both Illinois and Texas. Additionally, his students have been featured in master classes and performances at North American Saxophone Alliance Regional and National Conferences, as well as other local and regional clinics.

Mr. Salinas had the privilege to study with world-renowned saxophonists including Jean-Yves Fourmeau, Jean-Denis Michat, and Christian Wirth. His primary teachers include Dr. Frederick L. Hemke, Dr. Karen Wylie, and Jason Bird.

Johnny proudly endorses Légère Reeds and performs on Vandoren mouthpieces, ligatures, and Selmer Paris Saxophones exclusively.