Donald Sinta

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Donald Sinta (born June 16, 1937 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American classical saxophonist, educator, and administrator.

In 1969 he was the first elected chair of the World Saxophone Congress.


Professor Sinta began his formal musical education at the Larry Teal School of Music. He attended high school at the prestigious Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan, where his band director was legendary band conductor Harry Begian. Sinta received his bachelor's degree from Wayne State University, and, in 1962, he earned a Master of Music degree in saxophone performance from the University of Michigan.

Performing career[edit]

Donald Sinta specializes in contemporary music for the saxophone. He has gained prominence as an interpreter of modern music, is known for his technical abilities as well as his musical interpretation, and is highly regarded for his incorporation of the orchestral string tradition into the language of modern concert saxophone. He has also performed with many major orchestras, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, as well as other ensembles.

Premieres of new works[edit]

Sinta has premiered new works by more than 40 American composers, including:

Teaching career[edit]

He serves as Earl V. Moore Professor of Saxophone at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

He previously served on the music faculties of the Hartt School of Music and Ithaca College.

Sinta is the emeritus director of the Michigan Youth Ensembles Program, the Michigan All-State program at Interlochen Arts Camp and director of the MPulse Ann Arbor Saxophone Institute.


Sinta has taught hundreds of college aged saxophonists, many of whom have gone on to teach at well regarded universities. He has thereby had an unusually large influence on the style and direction of classical saxophone in America. His students include:

Saxophone, UNC School of the Arts

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