Sakari Dixon Vanderveer
As a public school student in San Bernardino, CA, Sakari Dixon Vanderveer’s interest in composition grew when her sixth grade orchestra teacher assigned a group project combining student compositions with their original artwork. After that, Sakari continued to compose music for herself and her close friends through high school. While studying composition with Dr. Anthony Suter at the University of Redlands, Sakari’s collaborations lead to commissions from instrumentalists such as Kelsey Broersma and Spencer Baldwin.
Currently, Sakari promotes contemporary music through her involvement in ensembles such as the Redlands Community Orchestra, which regularly premieres works by local composers. She was also a violist in the Inland Empire Composers’ Concert Series which completed its first season in April 2017.
As a musician in the Inland Empire, Sakari continues to perform and compose while sharing with her students the beauty of creating music. She currently studies composition with Reena Esmail.
Photography by William Vasta, 2014
“feRaL” is a piece for alto saxophone and string trio commissioned for performance by Kelsey Broersma. I found the title attractive because anything that is feral is difficult if not impossible to constrain or pin down. Likewise, the opening melody in the saxophone, though distinctive, never repeats itself in its entirety. Every iteration of the melody is some sort of variation or “teaser.” The tempo marking for the opening of the piece is also described as “rash,” affirming the impulsive nature of the piece.
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