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Recently featured in the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra EarShot New Music Readings, Sakari Dixon Vanderveer seeks to incorporate the unique artistry of her collaborators in each of her works. Pieces such as Obsidian, rippled in moonlight, gleams and Fire Season, both written for Salastina Music Society, embody her affinity for employing visceral, stark contrasts that convey her recurring fascination with metamorphosis as a natural element of life.

Her most recent premieres include collaborations with Derek Bermel, for Connecting ACO Community; HOCKET, for #What2020SoundsLike; and Maxine Troglauer, for the Composers Conference, which Vanderveer attended as a Fromm Foundation Composer Fellow. Upcoming commissions include works for Ciyadh Wells, the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, the Portland Youth Philharmonic, and the Irving M. Klein International String Competition.

Vanderveer’s relationships with colleagues at the University of Redlands engendered commissions from Spencer Baldwin, Kelsey Broersma, and the PHAZE Ensemble. Her studies with Mark Braunstein, Kira Blumberg, Dr. Anthony Suter, Derrick Spiva, Jr., and Reena Esmail enabled her to engage with the music community as a composer, performer, educator, and advocate for contemporary music.

A member of the New Music USA Program Council and a Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Composer Teaching Artist Fellow, Vanderveer’s desire to empower youth remains a catalyst behind much of her work. Her multi-level orchestral piece The Enigma of the Twilight Stallion was premiered by MÚSICA! (El Sistema USA) in 2019. She recently founded the You(th) Can Compose! Summer Workshop, a personalized, online intensive program for students ages 10-18 who are new to composing. Vanderveer’s aim is that children from all walks of life will gain access to contemporary music and composition, allowing them to develop a better appreciation and understanding of concert music – new and old – so that they can cherish it and engage with it throughout their entire lives.

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