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Mikio (Miki) Sasaki, trumpet player and educator, is an incoming Assistant Professor of Trumpet at the University of Oregon and a doctoral candidate at The University of Texas at Austin (DMA, expected May 2022). He currently resides in Austin, Texas and serves as Instructor of Trumpet at Texas Lutheran University. Previously, Sasaki was a member of the venerable Saint Louis Brass, and was based in New York City as a freelance musician and Adjunct Lecturer at the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, where he was a trumpet instructor and director of the brass ensemble.
Hailing from a family of classical, jazz, and bluegrass musicians, Sasaki is a flexible performer with the ability to switch seamlessly between styles, classical, jazz, and beyond. He has enjoyed international and national performances with a wide variety of groups and festivals, including Saint Louis Brass, yMusic, Chamber Music Northwest, Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Austin Symphony, Hawaii Symphony, Richmond Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Broadway’s Matilda, and as a soloist with the Austin Symphony.
As a teaching artist, Sasaki has guided students from the elementary through the collegiate level in their journey to musical fulfillment. He has worked with numerous teaching artist programs around New York City, including Juilliard’s Music Advancement Program, the Little Orchestra Society, Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts, and Juilliard Precollege. His recent appointments at Texas Lutheran University and Brooklyn College offered the opportunity for Sasaki to further his educational mission at the collegiate level, cultivating musicality and creativity in future generations of musicians.