Jhoser Salazar Ramirez

Mary Pappert School of Music

Jhoser Salazar Artist Diploma in Performance

Aspiring professional clarinet player and teacher

After receiving an undergraduate and master's degree in his home country of Colombia, and attending the Conservatoire Jean-Philippe Rameau in Paris, Jhoser enrolled at Duquesne for a very specific reason. "I wanted to focus all of my energies on performance," he says. School of Music clarinet adjunct professor Ron Samuels, who is also a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, was the big draw for Jhoser. They actually met five years ago in Colombia. "He's phenomenal. I thought to myself, if I go abroad, that's the guy I want to study with. And that didn't change. I always wanted to come here (to Duquesne). He means a lot for me now and I know he will in the future."

In addition to his goal of playing the clarinet in an orchestra, Jhoser wants to teach music back in Colombia. "I want to help people like me five years ago who are looking to improve."

Now that he has graduated from Duquesne, Jhoser will be pursuing a D.M.A., a Doctor of Musical Arts, at the University of Houston.