Dr. R. David Salvage

Dr. R. David SalvageAssistant Professor of Fine Arts
Winston Hall, 204
(434) 223-6304


Ph.D., City University of New York (CUNY), 2009; M.Phil., CUNY, 2007; M.Mus., Manhattan School of Music, 2003; A.B., Harvard University, 2001.

R. David Salvage is a composer and pianist who has taught at Hampden-Sydney College since 2009.  His music has been called "elegant [and] smartly realized" (Sequenza21) and "refreshingly eclectic" (American Record Guide).  His piano, chamber, vocal, and orchestral works have been performed by many of America's most gifted musicians, including the Arcturus Chamber Ensemble, the Rosetta String Trio, the Monticello String Quartet, the Cygnus Ensemble, Miranda Cuckson (violinist), Thomas Meglioranza (baritone), David Thomas (clarinetist), and the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra (OH).  He has been a featured performer on the Bologna Estate Festival, a resident artist with the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and he is an alumnus of the Conservatoire Americain in Fontainebleau, France.  He has taught at the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music and privately in Bologna, Italy.  He is also the creator of the music blog Albumleaves.com.  A selection of pieces from Albumleaves, performed by Salvage, appears on the album Lock and Key (Navona Records 5881).  Current projects include the score for the independent film Thank You, Cabbage (directed by Mitchell Magee) and a suite for pianist Riccardo Foti.  His teachers have included Richard Danielpour, David Lewin, and Jeff Nichols.

Music is not an "extra."  Music, like language, is something that every known culture has; indeed, the two seem to have evolved co-dependently, and they are processed similarly by our nervous system.  The risks of not studying music, therefore, are similar to those run by not studying language.   While we needn't all be musicians (just as we needn't all be novelists), we owe it to ourselves as thinking individuals to become aware of music's technical fundamentals, ancient and colorful history, and its outstanding masterpieces.  Otherwise, we are insufficiently prepared to navigate successfully the complex, multi-dimensional world of human communication.

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