Dr. Salm is a native of Los Angeles, son of ballet and ballroom dancers, so piano lessons started even before kindergarten. In elementary school, he began singing, and picked up a few more instruments along the way: African and Latin percussion, marimba, and woodwinds.
Eventually he went on to CSUN studying classical voice, including opera. 33 years ago, at the age of 20, he joined the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, receiving their prestigious “Good Guy Award” earlier this year. He has sung in Episcopal and Eastern Orthodox churches throughout Los Angeles, as well as major motion pictures, television, and stage. He has toured across the United States, South America, Eastern and Western Europe, Great Britain, and Russia; singing at St. Paul’s, St. Patrick’s, and a residency at Wells Cathedral; performing at historic wonders including Carnegie Hall, Glinka Capella, Myerskovsky Hall, and Tchaikovsky Hall. Composer Roger Bourland once asked him if there were others in GMCLA who had his basso profundo range, as he liked his “Pendulous Tones”.
In 1997 he completed a Doctorate of Philosophy in Religion, and runs an IT consulting firm. He also volunteers many hours to non-profit organizations, including the Tom of Finland Foundation, where he was just honored with a “Lifetime Achievement Award”. Any time left is enjoyed riding his motorcycle, and as a forward for the Los Angeles Rebellion Rugby Team, touring the globe spreading the message of equality, diversity, and inclusiveness through sport, as well as music.