Lecturer in Music, Flute
Sabrina Saiki-Mita teaches flute at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and Punahou Music School, and has also taught music theory, dictation, and sight-singing at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She has maintained a private flute studio since 1990 and has extensive experience teaching students from elementary through post retirement. Her students continue to win scholarships, top positions in honorary ensembles such as Select Band and Hawai‘i Youth Symphony, and superior recognition in Solo and Ensemble festivals. Sabrina is a regular clinician at local middle schools and high schools on O‘ahu, and has adjudicated for Solo and Ensemble festivals and Select Band auditions in Hawai‘i and Texas, as well as the Southwest Division Woodwind competitions for MTNA. Sabrina plays flute and piccolo with the Royal Hawaiian Band, performs chamber music with Reverie, a flute and guitar duo and the Airés Wind Quintet, and freelances on flute, piccolo, and alto flute on O‘ahu.
Sabrina received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and a Master of Music with honors from the University of North Texas in flute performance. Her primary teachers were Mary Karen Clardy and Jean Harling. She has also studied with Kathleen Chastain, Doriot Dwyer, Katherine Kemler, and Lin Keh-Ming.
While in Texas, Sabrina taught private lessons, gave flute clinics and masterclasses at middle schools and high schools, and performed with the University of North Texas Chamber Wind Ensemble. Soon after graduating, she became a faculty member at Texas Wesleyan University where she taught flute and woodwind methods. While there, Sabrina performed in faculty recitals and was a soloist with the Texas Wesleyan Wind Ensemble.
Sabrina actively collaborates with her students on piano. She has played piano for entertainers and theater productions in Hawai‘i and Texas. Her teachers were Ernest Chang, Whitney Thrall, Gabriel Sanchez, and Steven Harlos.