Gail Salvatori is a long time Chicago based musician, who over the years has worn 'many different hats' in the music field. As a freelance violinist, she played on over 100 TV and radio commercials and CDs, for groups such as Mannheim Steamroller, and played for artists who perform in Chicago, such as Frank Sinatra, Jr., Ray Charles, and Tony Bennet. She was part of the Ballet Chicago Orchestra for five years, and played for the Joffrey Ballet's 'Nutcracker' for many years. More recently she can be found with the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic.
As a pianist, she has accompanied several choirs for various high schools in the area, and has worked for church music programs for over 20 years.
As an educator, she has taught private violin, piano, and viola lessons for over 30 years, and worked at Timothy Christian Schools as the orchestra director, working with four orchestras of various age levels each year, retiring in 2015 to spend more time performing, arranging and composing.
It was working as an educator that allowed Ms. Salvatori to explore arranging music to meet the needs of her students. There is a need for young violists to have a collection of Christmas carols at the high school level, that could be used in various holiday events, so the Christmas Meditations project became one of importance as she worked to provide this collection for her students. Sheet music is found in our catalog and recordings are available.
Her newest project is MusArte Duo, a collaboration with artist Marlene Boonstra, creating a fusion of sight and sound.