Do you know a young musician who wants to try something new? This coming Saturday, May 23rd, I will be giving a free composition workshop on Zoom for youth ages 10-18. The class is open to all instruments and voice types. RSVP for a spot here: bit.ly/YCCmay23 Looking forward! It will be a blast! -Sakari
As part of the American Composers Orchestra’s Connecting ACO Community initiative, I was commissioned by Derek Bermel to write a work for solo clarinet. This three-movement work, Two Thoughts and a Fixation, will be premiered this Sunday, May 10th, at 5 p.m. EDT. Click here to learn more about Connecting ACO Community and purchase a ticket to view the presentation and Q&A session … More Online Premiere this Sunday!
2019 was quite an amazing year! I’ve set a personal record for the amount of work that I produced, which means a lot to me since balancing composing along with other work continues to be a challenge over the years. But I am embracing the journey and cherishing progress, not perfection! I completed six pieces … More What a year!
There is something about the middle of summer that makes me feel like it’s time to gear up for a new beginning of sorts. In fact, when I was in college, I gave up the typical January New Year’s resolutions for several years and exchanged them for a similar ritual right before the start … More A Time for Renewal
In the midst of my dilemmas about time management in the past few weeks, I’ve had a few impactful realizations. Check out my latest blog post entitled “Learning to Stop Feeling Guilty.” … More Learning to Stop Feeling Guilty
It’s been a long time. Way too long. I keep telling myself that I won’t let so much time fly by in between posts, but the last year and a half or so has been a bit crazy, to say the least. Ironically, when things are happening more frequently, that’s probably when I should be … More Embracing Transition
There are times when my students teach me lessons unwittingly. Several nights ago, my youngest violin student–a kindergartener–groaned about having to play the violin that day. Whenever she is overly tired or is having an off-day for various reasons, she becomes quite vocal about questioning why she chose the violin. “But it sounds baaad,” Carissa* … More Stepping Back to Move Forward