Applied Percussion Lessons, Directs Steel Pan Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble
M.M., University of Washington
B.M; M.Ed., Kunitachi School of Music, Tokyo
Dr. Miho Takekawa is from Tokyo, Japan and currently resides in Seattle, Washington. She is a percussion lecturer at Pacific Lutheran University where she directs percussion and steel pan ensemble as well as the Japan Tour Coordinator and Activities Liaison for the University of Washington School Of Music. She was an interim percussion professor at University of Washington School of Music in fall, 2010.
She has been actively encouraging cultural awareness in youth from Washington and Japan by coordinating and leading educational trips to both countries with a number of ensembles including the University of Washington Husky Marching Band, the University of Washington Wind Ensemble, Musica Grato Himi, Tamana Girls High School Band, Graham-Kapowsin High School Band, the Left Coast Brass Quintet and percussionist Tom Collier. For her past activities, please visit; www.tymusicexchange.com.
Miho began piano study at age three and percussion study at age thirteen. She graduated from Kunitachi School of Music (Tokyo, Japan) in both percussion performance and music education and holds a master’s degree in percussion performance from the University of Washington. She earned her doctoral degree in percussion performance at University of Washington in 2011. She is a cofounder of the marimba & Andean flute duo, the Miho & Diego Duo (www.mihodiego.com) and a member of the Diego Coy Música Colombiana, Pan Leggo Steel Drum Ensemble, Pan Duo, and various different groups. In Japan she formed the North Rainbow Steel Drum Group in Sapporo, and was an arranger for the Hirosaki University Steel Pan Group. Miho has earned numerous awards including, the highly competitive Boeing Scholarship at the University of Washington School of Music; a Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship; King County 4Culture Individual Artist grant; and an Artist Trust Centrum Artist Residency. She has also served a panelist for King County 4Culture Music/Art program and the percussion liaison for the College Band Directors National Association in 2011. She is a contributing coauthor to A Composer’s Insight: Thoughts, Analysis and Commentary on Contemporary. Masterpieces for Wind Band (published by Meredith Music).
Miho also leads the Worship and Music Ministry Team at Bethany United Church of Christ, a cross-cultural, intergenerational, anti-racist, open and affirming community of faith and justice in the Beacon Hill, south Seattle. The diverse worship and music come out of the international worldview of the people of faith at Bethany, who are seeking to build community for all the people.