Dr. Kumiko Shimizu
Dr. Kumiko Shimizu is Associate Professor of Music at Delta State University. She completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Oregon, where she was a piano student of Victor Steinhardt and studied collaborative piano and opera coaching with Gregory Mason. As a collaborative pianist, she has played for several competitions (including National Opera Association, District Metropolitan, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Mississippi Music Teachers Association, and Music Teachers National Association) and opera companies (Eugene Opera, Lake George Opera, Rimrock Opera, among others) and has been invited to perform at conventions for the College Music Society including its international convention in Korea, the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association of Teachers of Singing Southern Region, the National Flute Association, the Mid-South Flute Society, International Clarinet Association Southeastern Festival, and the Song Collaborators Consortia Art Song Festival. The opera productions that she has played include Aida, La Traviata, Tosca, La Bohème, The Marriage of Figaro (including basso continuo), La Cenerentola, Pagliacci, and Susannah, among others.
Her current performing interests are to perform art songs that are rarely heard in the USA and to present world premieres. She has performed Japanese, Swedish, and Korean art songs at various venues such as the CMS National Conference and the NATS Southern Region Conference. The most recent world premieres include Sy Brandon’s Phantasie on Singaporean Folk Songs (for piano) and Bruce Trinkley’s The Sylvan Cycle (for voice and piano).
In teaching, her primary interests are in collaborative piano and vocal coaching. Understanding the value of these fields, she has been learning and teaching the art whenever there are opportunities. She was selected to participate in SongFest and Malcolm Martineau Masterclass at Crear (Scotland) and received instructions from Graham Johnson and Martin Katz (SongFest) and Malcolm Martineau. To share the art gained from her learning and performing experiences, she teaches collaborative piano at DSU and has presented seminars and master classes at various venues. She also has been on the National Opera Association Pianists and Conductors Committee.
Her recording of Sy Brandon’s piano music, Phantasie on Singaporean Folk Songs, has been released on the Emeritus Recordings label and is available at CDBaby. She is the co-editor of Japanese Art Song Anthology Volume 1, published by Classical Vocal Reprints.
She is grateful for the recognitions given to her as a collaborative pianist and a teacher. In November 2014, she received the James Ronald Brothers Distinguished Achievement in Collaborative Piano Award from the National Association of Teachers of Singing Southern Region. She was a recipient of the Favorite Professor Award given by the Mu Phi Epsilon-Gamma Zeta Chapter in May 2015.
Department of Music
Delta State University
Cleveland, MS 38733