Miya Saito-Beckman

Violin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education Teacher

Miya Saito-Beckman

SAA Member


Rochester, NY
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Miya Saito-Beckman earned both her BM in Violin Performance and her MM in Violin Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Oregon where she studied under Fritz Gearhart. Graduating summa cum laude for her Bachelor’s, she was also awarded the “Graduate Performer Award” for her Master’s degree. While at the U of O, she studied abroad in Vienna, Austria performing and studying both classical and gypsy music. As a graduate student at the University of Oregon, Ms. Saito-Beckman was awarded the TA position in the Pedagogy department teaching private lessons, Music Mind Games, fiddle and Suzuki group classes, while also coaching chamber ensembles and leading orchestral sectionals. Ms. Saito-Beckman has been a violin soloist with the Sunriver Music Festival Orchestra and a two-time soloist with the Central Oregon Symphony. She has studied with the Calder Quartet and the Ariana String Quartet and has taken master classes with violinists James Ehnes and Rachel Barton Pine.  In addition to her classical interests and accomplishments, Ms. Saito-Beckman is also deeply involved in alternative strings music. She has studied with members of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble after being accepted to attend the Global Musician Workshop and is a recipient of the ASTA Alternative Strings Award. A four-time finalist at the National Fiddling Championship, Ms. Saito-Beckman is also the four-time Oregon State Fiddle Champion. She has performed alongside musicians such as Darol Anger, Abigail Washburn, Hanneke Cassel, Alex and Tatiana Hargreaves, Bruce Molsky, Roy “Futureman” Wooten and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest). She has served on the faculty at the Chamber Music Camp of Portland, the University of Oregon Symphony Camp, the Fiddlestar Youth Camp in Nashville, TN, Corvallis Youth Symphony Camp and the Northwest Suzuki Institute. Having taught classical violin and alternative strings at Manhattan’s Third Street Music Settlement and the Bronx Conservatory, she also sits on the Board of Directors for the Redfish Music Festival.