Matthew Sazima

Visiting Professor of Jazz Choir

Matthew Sazima is a Willamette alumni and received his MFA in Jazz Performance from California Institute of the Arts. Matthew has had several of his compositions recognized by the International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers as well as by Downbeat magazine. Since moving to Portland, Matthew has become an in-demand performer and regularly plays in the city’s most popular venues for live music. Matthew is currently the academy director at Hoffman Academy, where he trains teachers on proper teaching techniques and strategies, as well as serving as one of the academy’s piano instructors.


  • MFA in Jazz Performance, California Institute of the Arts
  • BM in Improvisation & Contemporary Practice, Willamette University

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