Miles Yves Salomé
Miles Yves Salomé is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, composer, and educator from West Philadelphia curently studying at The New School’s Mannes Conservatory. She has studied bassoon with William Short, Ben Kamins, and Monica Ellis, composition with Dr. David Little , Anne Clyne, and Dr. David Ludwig, and the Alexander Technique with Cynthia Reynolds and Ariel Weiss. A contralto singer, she has studied voice with Joan La Barbara and Kendra Broom.
Salomé made her opera debut with the Mannes Opera's 2018 production of Eugene Onegin, a 1990's take on adolescent love that involved baggy gym shorts, birthday party balloons, and vogue dancing. The production was directed by Jordan Fein and conducted by Julian Wachner. Salomé also sang with the New School for Jazz's Gospel Choir and Circle Singing Ensemble (upcoming). She is set to sing in Mannes' 2019 production of Street Scene, written by Kurt Weill.
As a bassoonist and contrabassoonist, she played with The National Youth Orchestra during their American tour, including performances at Carnegie Hall and Walt Disney Hall. Other summers have included attendance at the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival, Interlochen, The Scotia Festival in Nova Scotia, Domaine Forget, and the Luzerne Music Center. During the 2016 FringeArts festival, she performed in the band for a theater piece entitled "Hot Dog." She has also played with the University of Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra during the 16-17 season.
As a composer, Miles has attended Curtis Summerfest, where Mimi Stillman premiered her flute sonata. Other recent performances include “Song of Sappho,” an opera aria for soprano and chamber orchestra premiered in Brooklyn as part of the MATA Jr. Festival with Face The Music, a performance of her flute sonata at Juilliard's "Starshine and Clay" showcase, and her “Sinfonietta,” written for the New York Youth Symphony and performed at Symphony Space.
Her flute sonata performance at Juilliard was reviewed by the National Sawdust Log; Brin Solomon wrote that "Miles Yves Salomé's sonata was episodic and playful, making heavy and exquisite use of the alto flute to travel from a gestural opening to a cheeky ending equally indebted to the effervescence of Parisian neoclassicism and the raucous single-entendre of underground drag." Current projects include an album with her band "Salomé and the Judies," and a vogue ballet, "North Philadelphia Counterpoint."
As an educator, Miles spent the 16-17 year teaching K-8 students daily at the Saint Francis de Sales School in West Philadelphia through the El-Sistema based program Play On Philly. She has also worked at the Carnegie Hall Family Day’s program, and last summer, she took part in the Carnegie Hall Music Educator’s Workshop, learning from education leaders such as Marin Alsop, Nicole Mitchell, and Twyla Tharp. She enjoys taking courses related to education and social policy at The New School to further her knowledge.
Miles is honored to be a part of the Primavera Fund family, and was previously an recipient of their scholarship awards.