Sakari Dixon

Sakari Dixon on making music.


Photo by William Vasta

As a public school student in San Bernardino, CA, Sakari Dixon’s interest in composition grew when her sixth grade orchestra teacher assigned a group project combining student compositions with their original artwork. Because she enjoyed creating music with her peers, Sakari took to composing chamber music for herself and her close friends through her time in high school. While studying composition with Dr. Anthony Suter at the University of Redlands, Sakari’s collaborations with performers of various disciplines lead to commissions from instrumentalists such as Kelsey Broersma and Spencer Baldwin.

Currently, Sakari seeks to promote contemporary music through her involvement in ensembles such as the Redlands Community Orchestra, which regularly premieres works by local composers. She also performed as a violist in the newly-formed Inland Empire Composers’ Concert Series, which completed its first season in the spring of 2017. In addition, her passion for diversity in new music recently led her to conduct a call for solo viola scores from composers over forty in response to Bill Doerrfeld’s article on New Music Box entitled “Ageism in Composer Opportunities.” After receiving about ninety submissions within three weeks, she selected three pieces in order to be added to her repertoire. She is planning to perform these pieces in recital.

As a musician in the Greater Los Angeles area, Sakari Dixon continues to perform and compose while attempting to hook her violin and viola students on the beauty of creating music. She currently studies composition with Reena Esmail.


I'm still having waterbug problems... begins at 00:29 and is excerpted again at the close of the episode at 27:22. By the Baker-Barganier Duo, featuring Elizabeth A. Baker and Erich Barganier. 

Serotonin begins at 8:09. Featuring Dawn Pufahl on viola and Elizabeth A. Baker on toy piano.

Tweed Fantasy - Perpetual Dream begins at 17:48.

On The Other Side begins at 22:51. Featuring Dawn Pufahl on viola and Elizabeth A. Baker on toy piano.

I'm still having waterbug problems... is excerpted for a second time at 27:22. See above for track and details.


Below is a small selection of music and writing. Visit Elizabeth's online shop for more albums and books.

"An album of works for prepared piano, piano with live electronics, as well as a piece for voice manipulated by electronics."

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"This book is not a collection of poetry. This book is not a collection of essays. This book is selection of musings, or writings to consider, to ruminate upon and perhaps even, to draw questions and conclusions about your own life and psyche. The writings in this book represent the struggle of an artist trying to make sense of the world before them. A world in which, they are less of an active participant and more of an observer. While the works penned in this collection were written by a growing artist in their formative years, there are some universal truths in these pages. It is the hope of the author that all souls who read these pages find comfort within the knowledge that they are not alone in their feelings, and that this might serve as a bright light for those grappling with the balance between the various facets of their being on this plane."

"Toyager: A Toy Piano Method, is the first comprehensive book designed exclusively for toy piano instruction. Beyond the principles of technique and history of toy piano, the book features an introduction to music notation, tactics for effective practicing, as well as strategies for improvisation. Written music theory exercises are paired with solo repertoire and interactive content to enhance the student's experience of the toy piano."