Saili Oak is an acclaimed Hindustani vocalist known for her distinguished work in the Indian/Western Classical music crossover space. Saili has performed with notable western music ensembles including the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Tonality choir, Salastina Music Society. She will serve as the on-stage liaison for tabla and sitar, during the West Coast Premiere of Reena Esmail’s “This Love Between Us” at Disney Concert Hall by LA Master Chorale.
Saili is releasing her full-length CD, “Beyond” in early 2019. She is also going to be featured on Spiva’s album “American Mirror” and Tonality’s album “Sing about it”. Previously, she was credited on Trevor Hall's album “KALA.”
Saili serves as the Programs Director of the non-profit organization 'Shastra', where she co-hosts the “Composing with Indian Voice” annual workshop in the U.S., and “Raga Meets Symphony” in India. She is also a Vocal Mentor for the non-profit organization Street Symphony in Los Angeles.
A passionate educator, Saili maintains a vocal studio 'SailiMusic' where she trains the next generation of upcoming artists, and is a frequent guest speaker, panelist and workshop participant at conferences and universities across America. She has presented her work at the Composition in Asia Conference at the University of South Florida, taught master classes at the Salem State University, Smith College in Northhampton MA, Kaufmann Music Center NY, and University of Texas at Austin.
A native of Mumbai, Saili began studying music at the age of 3. A finalist on the popular reality TV series “Zee Marathi SaReGaMaPa,” Saili is a senior disciple of Dr. Ashwini Bhide Deshpande, a leading vocalist of the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana. Saili won the All India Classical music competition when she was barely 17. She completed her Sangeet Visharad from the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal and has earned awards including the prestigious Pt.Jasraj Yuva Award, Pt Vasantrao Deshpande Yuva Award, and the Gaanwardhan Award. Her performances have been admired for her meticulous architecture of 'khayal,' her systematic and well-crafted raga exploration and impressive command over the 'laya.'
Apart from her musical training, Saili also holds a Master’s Degree in Accountancy and has completed the Chartered Financial Analyst Program by the CFA Institute, USA.