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Classical Musicians of African Descent

Sakari Dixon Vanderveer, viola/composer

Sakari Dixon Vanderveer

Violist, composer and educator, Sakari Vanderveer holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition, graduating summa cum laude from the University of Redlands. Vanderveer’s latest premieres include collaborations with Derek Bermel, for Connecting ACO Community; HOCKET, for #What2020SoundsLike; and Maxine Troglauer, for the Composers Conference, which she attended as a Fromm Foundation Composer Fellow. In 2019, her multi-level orchestral piece ""The Enigma of the Twilight Stallion"" was premiered by MÚSICA! (El Sistema USA). Her suite of unaccompanied works, Bagatelles for Strings, was commissioned for the 36th Annual Irving M. Klein International String Competition, where it premiered on The Violin Channel.

A member of the New Music USA Program Council and a Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Composer Teaching Artist Fellow, Vanderveer recently founded the You(th) Can Compose! Summer Workshop, a personalized, online intensive program for students ages 10-18 who are new to composing.