Programming Expands

Salvatore Prizio brings deep experience and knowledge of market

Salvatore Prizio, programming manager at The College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, has joined Proctors as programming coordinator. Working directly with Proctors CEO Philip Morris and Chief of Staff Jean Leonard, Prizio will book music for a number of regional stages associated with the organization.

“Salvatore is an incredible addition to our programming team,” says Morris. “He brings experience, wisdom and a deep knowledge of music and entertainment. He has proven himself in this market at a number of venues and we know he will help Proctors boldly step forward.”

Prizio has been at the Massry Center since 2010, bringing, through the school’s Premiere Performances program, an impressive array of artists to the 400-seat Picotte Recital Hall, including Chris Thile, B.B. King, Abigail Washburn, Chick Corea, Livingston Taylor, Maceo Parker, Jake Shimabukuro, The Funky Meters and more. Prizio also participates in the marketing of Massry Center events.

During his term at the Massry, Prizio helped develop the collaborative Bridge Jazz Festival with Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. He also served briefly, beginning in 2013, as consulting executive director of the Cohoes Music Hall.

Prizio, a Glastonbury, Conn. native, who, at the start of the century, worked in the music industry in Manhattan (rising to a post as chief financial officer of North American operations for Eagle Rock Entertainment), first came to local acclaim as owner and booker of the Spindle City’s popular Bread & Jam Café, which he ran from 2008-2010.

He will begin his new post with Proctors immediately on a part-time basis, while continuing in his station at the College of Saint Rose. He will assume full time employment at Proctors at the start of the new year. “Proctors is the largest performing arts organization in the region,” says Prizio. “I am excited by the challenge of working in Schenectady and bringing great music to a community already so engaged in the arts.”