Sakari Dixon is a composer and violist native to Southern California. Her dedication to promoting contemporary music has led her to premiere new works with ensembles such as the Redlands Community Orchestra. She has been commissioned by performers such as saxophonist Kelsey Broersma and double bassist Spencer Baldwin. Her passion for diversity in new music led her to conduct a call for scores from composers over forty in response to Bill Doerrfeld’s article on New Music Box entitled “Ageism in Composer Opportunities.”
She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in Composition from the University of Redlands where she was primarily taught by Kira Blumberg (viola) and Anthony Suter (composition). While completing her degree, she engaged in masterclasses with composers such as Joan Tower and William Bolcom at the Frederick Loewe Symposium in American Music. She also performed several of their works. Sakari has participated in the St. Mary’s Summer Composition Intensive in Notre Dame, Indiana, where she took masterclasses and lessons from composers Zae Munn, Michael Schelle, Jay Batzner, and Kristin Kuster. Currently, she lives and works in the Greater Los Angeles area while studying composition with Reena Esmail. Her music is published independently under Tuplets Unlimited Music Publishing (ASCAP).