Fine and Performing Arts Chair Named NYSSMA President

Fine and Performing Arts Chair Named NYSSMA President photo
The New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) is proud to introduce Syosset Coordinator of Fine and Performing Arts Michael Salzman as its next President. 

Salzman has served the Syosset community since 2004 first as a middle and high school band director before obtaining his administrative position. Prior to that, he taught elementary band in the Seaford School District. Additionally, he has been on the music faculty of Hofstra University since 1993. 

“I am honored to assume the presidency of this important music education association,” Salzman said. “In selecting the theme for my presidency, I thought about the importance of every child having access to a high quality sequential music education." 

Passionate about the benefits of music education in the lives of children, Salzman has been very active in professional associations throughout his entire career. A member of the Nassau (County) Music Educators Association’s Executive Board for more than ten years, he served the NMEA as President in 1999-2000. His work with NYSSMA throughout the years has included membership on the Advocacy and Finance Committees, service as the All-State Band Chairperson, the Nassau County Representative, Second Vice President and President-Elect.  

Well-known and well regarded as a tubist, Salzman is a former Principal Tuba player of the Long Island Philharmonic and a founding member of the Cosmopolitan Brass Quintet. He has performed with the Goldman Memorial Band, the Concert Pops of Long Island, the Bridgeport Symphony and the 92nd Street Y Ragtime Orchestra. He has performed as a tuba soloist at conferences and universities across the state including the Eastman School of Music, Ithaca College and SUNY Binghamton. He is the Regional Coordinator of the “TubaChristmas” concerts held every year at Rockefeller Center. 

Salzman resides in Plainview with his wife Kathi. They have two grown children, Miriam, 26, a freelance stage manager living and working in New York; and Gabriel, 21, a Radio Production Major at Hofstra University. 

NYSSMA is the largest state affiliate of the National Association for Music Education with a mission to advance music education across New York State for its membership and students in member school programs.