Mihoko Watanabe

Associate Professor of Flute

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MI 126   Phone: 765-285-5412  

School of Music
Hargreaves Music Building (MU) 203
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Flutist Mihoko Watanabe, PhD, a native of Japan, is associate professor of flute at Ball State University.  Prior to joining the School of Music, Watanabe taught at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, the Memorial University of Newfoundland and the University of Windsor, Canada.

A celebrated and versatile international performer, Watanabe has won competitions sponsored by both the Japan Flute Association and the National Flute Association (NFA), and has appeared in Japan, Israel and Canada as a recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist.  She is a member of the faculty woodwind quintet at Ball State University, the Musical Arts Quintet (MAQ). The MAQ has been awarded the prestigious 2010 American Masterpieces: Chamber Music grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  They have been released a CD entitled American Breeze,  in Fall 2012. Also, she is a founding member of TRIO PIACERE (flute, cello, piano), which has performed nationally and internationally, and a member of DUO VIVA (two flutes), with whom she recorded Doppler Effect, a CD released in 2006 by Little Piper.  As an orchestral player, she has held several principle flute positions and performed with American and Canadian orchestras.  Currently she is the principal flutist of the Muncie Symphony Orchestra and is performing with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.  She has performed at National Flute Association Convention, British Flute Association Convention, International Double Reed Society conference, and International Clarinet Association conference.

A very active teacher, Watanabe travels widely as a clinician, presenting master classes throughout the United States, Canada, and Japan.  She has adjudicated at international music festivals and competitions.  In 2005, she served on the faculty of the Brevard Music Center summer festival and was featured in the December 2009 issue of Flute Talk magazine.

In addition to being a gifted flutist, she is also devoted to the field of ethnomusicology, which she studied at the University of Michigan.  Her interest in Japanese traditional music led to a faculty development grant in order to research Kazuo Fukushima’s Mei for solo flute in Japan.  Her research resulted in a feature article in the Spring 2008 issue of the Flutist Quarterly (the official journal of the National Flute Association), and led to lecture recitals at the 2007 NFA Convention and the 2010 British Flute Association Convention in England. In 2011, the article was translated into Dutch and published in Fluit, the official journal of the Dutch Flute Association.

Currently, Watanabe serves as the president of the Greater Indianapolis Flute Club and is a member of two NFA committees (the Cultural Outreach committee and the Archives and Oral History committee).

Watanabe received her doctorate of musical arts from the University of Michigan, her master of music and performer's certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and her bachelor of music from the Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo. Her teachers have included Bonita Boyd, Leone Buyse, Fenwick Smith, Takao Saeki, and Ervin Monroe.  For her additional training, she has studied with Julius Baker, Jean Baxtresser, Bradley Garner, Walfrid Kujala, Alain Mariaon and Emmanuel Pahud, among others.

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School of Music
Hargreaves Music Building (MU) 203
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

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