Mihoko Watanabe

A native of Japan, Mihoko Watanabe is a Professor of Flute, the Chair of the Entrepreneurial Music Certificate Program, and the Woodwind Area Coordinator at Ball State University. Before joining Ball State, Dr. Watanabe taught at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, the Memorial University of Newfoundland, and the University of Windsor, Canada. As an active pedagogue, she travels widely as a clinician, presenting masterclasses throughout the USA, Canada, and Japan. She has adjudicated at international and national music festivals and competitions. In 2005, she taught at the Brevard Music Center summer festival. She has won competitions sponsored by the Japan Flute Association and the National Flute Association (NFA). She has appeared in Japan, Israel, England, Germany, and Canada as a recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist. She is the principal flute of the Orchestra Indiana and performs with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra. She has appeared at NFA, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Flöte e.V. (DGfF e.V.), British Flute Association, International Double Reed Society, International Clarinet Association, American Viola Society, and College Music Society conferences. As a researcher, she published an article, Essence of Mei, from NFA’s Flutist Quarterly in 2008. It has been translated and published in German for DGfG e.V.’s Flöte aktuell, and in Dutch for the Nederlands Fluit Genootschap’s Fluit. She holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Eastman School of Music, and Musashino Academia Musicae in Japan. As a mindful medication coach, she gives workshops for musicians nationally. More information at www.mihokoflute.com