Richard Salonen is an instructor in the Music Department at the University of Arkansas. He received his doctoral degree in Higher Education and MM degree in composition from the University of Arkansas. His BME degree in secondary music education is from Central Michigan University. Dr. Salonen worked for many years as a professional composer/arranger. He has written over 200 pieces for church orchestra with other musical works for choir, brass quintet, handbells, voice, big band, television, and radio.
Over the years Dr. Salonen has participated in several professional recordings released on compact disc, and is a published song writer through BMI and CCLI publishing companies. As an active professional saxophonist, he has played with such touring shows as Grease, the Rat Pack and the Tommy Dorsey Big Band. He is a member of the Stockholm Jazz Quartet and performer/composer with the Fayetteville Jazz Collective big band. He has recently been awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the Arkansas Arts Council for music composition.
Dr. Salonen's classroom teaching experience includes such courses as Basic Musicianship, Music Theory I & II, Music Lecture, Jazz History, Composition, Improvisation, Aural Perception I-IV, Music Technology I & II, and Orchestration. Also, he is currently an online instructor for the Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences and the Global Campus School of Continuing Education and Academic Outreach.