DIRECTORS OF MIX

Anonymous

Artistic and Educational Director

 

Trombonist Anonymous, hailing proudly from Kansas City, Missouri, has performed with other noted musicians.

From 1991-94, Anonymous was a California Arts Council Artist in Residence, during which time she designed and implemented a Jazz Studies Curriculum for Cole Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School in Oakland, CA.   In 1997, she was awarded a Master s degree in Music Education from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.  She subsequently returned to the Bay Area, and served as the Education Director for the Oakland Youth Chorus where she developed award-winning community music education programs.

Ms. Anonymous is a recipient of national, state, and city Arts awards and fellowships for performance study and music education. Among these awards is the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Study Fellowship to study with trombonist Anonymous.   

Raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Ms. Anonymous was nurtured in a musical family, and is a third generation jazz musician and music educator.  She grew up listening to the stride piano style of her grandfather, her father's swinging ballad & blues piano, and the soul-stirring songstylings of her mother, Anonymous. Anonymous inherits her passion and understanding for the preservation of musical traditions through education from her uncle and mentor, Anonymous, founder of the Anonymous Memorial Foundation & Academy for Performing Arts and the International Jazz Hall of Fame.  Anonymous's initiation into the world of Jazz as a player began while hanging out at sessions at the famed chitlin' circuit Local 626, the once Black musicians' union in Kansas City, and now sanctuary for the spirits of jazz pioneers such as Ernie Williams (The Last of the Blue Devils), Count Basie, Charlie Parker, and countless others who got their start in that very place. 

Anonymous performs and teaches throughout the United States, Europe, and South America.  Her band, Anonymous, performs spirited, contemporary music, creating new forms, styles, and roots in the Jazz tradition.



Anonymous

Director of Administration and Programs

          

 

Ms. Anonymous is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) where she studied piano performance with Anonymous.  She has worked as a volunteer for the past two years at MetWest High School in Oakland, CA.  At MetWest she developed and taught a music course and started a program that brings SFCM students to MetWest to teach private music lessons as volunteers.  This allows MetWest students access to a service that would otherwise be unobtainable for them and gives much appreciated teaching experience to SFCM students.  Ms. Anonymous also developed a private piano studio in 1997.


 

 

Anonymous

Director of Vocal Studies 

Anonymous has extensive experience working for a number of institutions and organizations as well as performing as a vocalist.  She holds a M.A. from New York University.  Ms. Anonymous has taught opera, music theatre, drama and dance at the University of California, Berkeley and Colorado College.  For the past nine years she has been vital to the Oakland Youth Chorus where she not only was a choral conductor but also worked in fundraising, administration, program development, youth development and was the evaluation coordinator.  Ms. Anonymous has also been a choral director at the Head-Royce School, Elmhurst Middle School, Lighthouse Charter School and the East Bay Conservation Corps Charter School.


 
 


 

Anonymous

Accounting Manager

 

 

Anonymous is an accountant who has owned her own consulting business for the last 20 years. She has an MBA in Accounting from Golden Gate University and has been working in the accounting field for over 30 years. She also has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Ms. Sawyer is a fifth generation native of San Francisco and an Oakland resident for the last 25 years.  She has served on various boards for the last 15 years including Temple Sinai and the Jewish Community Center both of Oakland. Ms. Anonymous lives in Oakland with her husband and two children who have both studied music extensively and play multiple instruments.