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Sita Chay

Sita Chay

Biography

Sita Chay is a violinist, composer, and producer who won a 2017 Latin Grammy
Award for Best Mariachi Album, as violinist with the Flor de Toloache. She is also a recipient of New York Foundation for the Arts Women's Fund.

Her innovative solo style continues to be recognized by respectful musicians such as
Frank London, John Zorn, and many others and she is invited to give her solo
composition concert at the Stone 2023.

Ms. Chay has founded various projects over the years - she is the director of the Korean Shaman Music Ritual, SaaWee, which was received by international critics as a “delicate powerhouse”. SaaWee's Return of Songbirds debuted at the Lincoln Center lawn as part of #retartstage project in 2021 and was invited to Ars Electronica Festival 2021. SaaWee's music video New Ritual is nominated for California Music Video Awards in Best Jazz, Best World Music, categories.

Her leadership as a director of Cosmopolis Collective -Immigrant Story Telling Band was featured in New York Times immigrant panel and many other media.

She has appeared as a speaker and a lecturer at Chamber Music America Conference
2019, New York Musical Festival 2018, Seoul National University, Colombia National
University, and Joong Ang University.

Professional Experience

  • Broadway
  • Off Broadway
  • Regional
  • Concerts/Cabaret
  • Education
  • TV/Film
  • Tours

Regions

  • NYC/Tri-State Area

Interested in touring?

  • Yes

Hireable as

  • Theatrical Composer (Music only)
  • Orchestrator
  • Incidental Music Composer/Arranger
  • Pit Musician (Other)
  • Music Contractor/Coordinator
  • Classroom music teacher at an educational institution
  • Actor-Musician

My Primary Instrument

  • violin

My Instruments

  • Viola
  • Violin
  • Violin - fiddle
  • Other
  • hand drums

Affiliations

  • THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS (AFM)
  • ASCAP

Current HS, College, or Grad Student?

  • Yes

Person of Color?

  • Yes

Pronouns

  • She/Her