Saint Xavier University Department of Music

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Shawn Salmon

Shawn Salmon

Director of Jazz Studies, Guitar



Shawn Salmon, Ph.D., is the director of jazz studies for the Department of Music at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Ill. In addition to heading the Jazz Studies and Studio Guitar Programs at SXU, Dr. Salmon directs of the SXU Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo and Guitar Ensemble.

Dr. Salmon graduated with a B.A. in jazz studies from Eastern Illinois University, where he studied with guitarist John McLean. Dr. Salmon moved to Chicago to complete a master's degree in jazz studies at DePaul University. During this time, he studied with jazz guitars Bob Palmieri and John Moulder, as well as composition and arranging from Thomas Matta.

After graduation from DePaul, Dr. Salmon taught as an adjunct instructor at the Chicago City Colleges, as well as maintaining a busy private guitar studio. In addition to teaching, he was active performing with his own trio as well as a variety of other jazz, rock and blues groups in and around Chicago. He has performed at such venues Navy Pier, Loopapalooza Music Festival, the Park West, Pete Miller’s Steakhouse and the Hard Rock Café.

In 2007, Dr. Salmon moved to Muncie, Ind., to pursue a doctorate of arts in guitar performance and composition from Ball State University. While living in Indiana, he continued to perform regularly with his own trio and was able to play at some of Indy’s top jazz venues, including The Jazz Kitchen and The Chatterbox Café.

Dr. Salmon has presented at the 2010 College Music Society's National Conference, the 2010 Western Illinois International Guitar Festival and the 2013 Leeds International Jazz Educators Conference in Leeds, England.

Dr. Salmon has been published in DownBeat Magazine and has  several of his own big band compositions and arrangements published with Really Good Music, Inc. He won the 2009 Michael Arenson Award from the University of Delaware for his original big band composition and arrangement Belden Bottom Line.

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