Phyllis Meltzer Salem

Since the 1950’s, I have earned my living as a professional singer and entertainer.  I am married with 3 grown children and reside in Elkins Park with my husband.  I have a 12 year old grandson.

Some highlights of my career are in 1956 I sang at the famous Copa Cabana Nightclub in NYC, from 1959-60; I had small parts in 3 movies including “A Face in the Crowd” and appeared on “What’s My Line”  and played the piano at Caesars Casino in N.J. for many years.

I sang in the Philadelphia Lyric Opera Company from 1957-58 and I produced the “Bernard Meltzer” radio show on WCAU, WOR in NY and on the NBC radio network.  In 1980, I wrote a musical, “Just a Pill” that was performed off Broadway and from 1995 to 2005 I was the volunteer Music Director at the Stiffel Senior Center in Philadelphia.

Music, dance and the arts are important to the development of all our students and I am a strong advocate for these offerings.  Indeed, for some children, opportunities to express themselves through writing, art, dance and music is what engages them in school.

The arts allow creativity and support my view that schools should teach students how to think critically, while refraining from advocating any particular political or social positions.

As a school board member, I will be an advocate for providing students many opportunities to express themselves in writing, the arts, dance and music. 

I would welcome the opportunity to use my life’s lessons to help reach some of our students through writing, music, dance and the arts.

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