Miki Saito Bio
Miki Saito is a Coloratura Soprano known for her musical versatility and vocal excellence. She has been a featured soloist in collaboration with the Canton Comic Opera (OH), the Gulf Coast Opera (MS), Quincy Symphony Orchestra (MA), the Mercer Community Band (PA), the Concord Chorus with the New England Conservatory of Music Percussion Group (MA) and Pensacola Jr. College (FL), among others. She has also performed at Operafest (MA) and the American Heart Association Walk-a-thon (OH). Until the company’s merger in 2005, she was a contracted chorus member with the Cleveland Opera under artistic director David Bamberger for four seasons. She is a highly sought performer by retirement communities in Northeast Ohio and regularly holds concerts at more than 30 upscale assisted living facilities, singing Opera, Broadway show tunes and Jazz. She holds a Master of Music degree in Opera Performance from Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA (Magna Cum Laude) and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of North Florida (Summa Cum Laude) where she studied with renowned operatic Tenor, William Brown.
Saito is a faculty member at Cuyahoga Community College where she teaches voice, piano and music history at the Eastern, Western and Brunswick campuses. Saito also has private teaching studios in Medina, Ohio and Grafton, Ohio where she teaches piano and voice. Her strong curiosity toward human vocalism and appreciation for a wide variety of music allows for great success in teaching singers pursuing a range of genres. Her past and present students have been strong vocalists in opera, sacred classical, musical theatre, R&B, pop, folk, heavy metal and alternative rock. Saito’s students have been accepted by music programs at Indiana University, Otterbein University, Duquesne University, Cleveland State University, and Capital University. Her students have also been admitted to Young Artists Programs nation-wide to study Opera. One of Saito’s students was an American Idol regional finalist. You can often find Saito’s students performing at venues such as the Weathervane Play House, the Karamu House, the Brother’s Lounge, Take 5 Rhythm and Jazz and Vosh Lakewood.
As a music director, Saito was hired by Fred Sternfeld to music-direct “You’re a good man, Charlie Brown” at Hathaway Brown Theatre Institute. She has also been the music director for several shows with the Medina Show Biz Company. Her direction has been well received and productions with both companies have won regional awards. Currently, Saito serves as the music director for North Eaton Christian Church in Grafton, Ohio.
Saito has performed at numerous weddings, funerals, special events and upscale restaurants as a pianist and keyboard (synthesizer) performer. She began studying piano at age four and was accepted by a Japanese music conservatory at age twelve where she completed a rigorous six-year training program. She has arranged a number of compositions ranging from traditional Japanese folk music to well-known Christian hymns and pop anthems. She is a former winner of the Pensacola Music Teachers Association Piano Sonata Contest and the Pensacola Junior College Concerto Contest.