John Sarro, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Music Management
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Music Management
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716
John Sarro is adjunct assistant professor and coordinator of Music Management Studies in the Department of Music at the University of Delaware. He teaches Principles of Music Industry Practice and Elements of Music Management, and directs internships and undergraduate research in performing-arts management and music-industry studies. He holds a Master of Music from the University of Miami, where he studied under composer/executives Alfred Reed and James Progris. In addition to his focus on the non-profit and for-profit sectors of the music industry, his interests lie in arranging, orchestration and composition, with particular interest in film and film music and the restoration of film scores and orchestrations for the Broadway theatre.
His work as an arranger and composer has included orchestrations for network television commercials and arrangements and original music for publishing houses and production companies in New York and Miami. He was president of Sound Lab Productions, a commercial music production company that created original music and soundtracks for Fortune 500 clients and media companies, as well as its own catalog. He was the author of Standard Chord Voicings for Guitar, a method and reference book for guitarists, which he self-published in 1991. In conjunction with the launch of the department's music management studies program, he presented Copyright Basics and Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Uses of Music at the 1996 State of the Arts in Education Conference.
His experience also includes public-sector advocacy for arts-and-cultural economic development. He is manager, Marketing, Grants & Cultural Programs for the Delaware River and Bay Authority, where he has led projects in support of the arts and culture in Delaware and the four southern counties of New Jersey that border the Delaware River and Bay. He has produced benefit concerts with headliners Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood and The Three Sopranos (Cassello, Esperian and Lawrence); has served on the board of Art Guide, the OperaDelaware gala committee and the Main Street Delaware City committee; and has produced summer exhibitions for The Gallery in Cape May, New Jersey.
He continues to work with principals in the arts, business and government to raise awareness of the significant and positive economic impacts of a thriving arts-and-culture sector and to strengthen its position and prominence in the region. He was appointed to the Delaware State Arts Council by Governor Jack Markell from 2011 to 2017. He currently serves as a board member and chair of the LEAD Committee for the Delaware Arts Alliance and the board secretary of the Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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