Department of MusicUniversity Wind Ensemble

Miho Takekawa

Miho Takekawa


253-535-7602 (office)



Applied Percussion Lessons, Directs Steel Pan Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble


M.M., University of Washington

B.M; M.Ed., Kunitachi School of Music, Tokyo

Miho Takekawa is from Tokyo, Japan and currently resides in Seattle, Washington. She is percussion lecturer at Pacific Lutheran University where she directs percussion and steel pan ensembles. Miho is a doctoral candidate in percussion performance at the University of Washington as well as the Japan Tour Coordinator and Activities Liaison for the University of Washington School of Music. 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. 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. Currently she is a member of the Pan Leggo Steel Drum Ensemble, Pan Duo, and cofounder of the marimba & Andean flute duo the Miho & Diego Duo. 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 won 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. Her duo group, The Miho & Diego Duo has been sponsored by the King County Public Library System, the Seattle Public Library System Immigrant and Refugee program, the Washington State Refugee and Immigrant Conference and the Northwest Immigrant and Rights Project. She has also served a panelist for King County 4Culture Music/Art program. She is a contributing coauthor to A Composer's Insight: Thoughts, Analysis and Commentary on Contemporary Masterpieces for Wind Band. (published by Meredith Music)