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 had been a piano student of Victor Steinhardt and studied collaborative piano and opera coaching with Gregory Mason. She was the rehearsal pianist at Eugene Opera for five years. She has played for productions of Aida, La Traviata, Tosca, La Bohème, The Marriage of Figaro (including basso continuo), La Cenerentola, Pagliacci, and Susannah, among others. She toured with Lake George Opera in its outreach program for elementary schools (performing for more than 15,000 students!) and new program for junior and high schools. In addition to the performances with Lake George Opera, she has toured with the Natchez Opera Festival (currently Natchez Festival of Music), Opera Idaho, and Rimrock Opera for their outreach concerts and/or educational programs. She has also served as a rehearsal pianist for the Oregon Bach Festival (for the conducting master classes) and the Oregon Festival of American Music (for My Fair Lady).
She has a master’s degree from the University of Maine, where she performed frequently as a chamber musician. She has studied with many notable artists in master classes and workshops, including Lorin Hollander, Robert McDonald, John Browning, and Stephen Hough.
As a collaborative pianist, she has played for the District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the National Opera Association Vocal Competitions, the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competitions, the Mississippi Music Teachers Association Competitions, and the Music Teachers National Association Competitions. She was selected to participate in Songfest and received further instructions in vocal collaborative piano and vocal coaching from Graham Johnson and Martin Katz. She is interested in performing art songs that are rarely heard in this country. She performed Japanese art songs at various performing venues, including the College Music Society National Conference, the National Association of Teachers of Singing Southern Region Conference, and the Natchez Opera Festival (a lecture/recital). She also presented a recital of Swedish art songs sung in the original language. She has been invited to play for the Mississippi American Choral Directors Association All-State Women’s Honor Choir and played for the Southern Division American Choral Directors Association Women's Honor Choir. She was a co-performer in a session Gems from the NFA Anthology of American Flute Music at the National Flute Association Convention.
She co-presented a performance titled Korean and Japanese Works for Four Hands and Two Pianos: Cultures through Music at the College Music Society International Conference in Seoul, Korea. She was also invited to co-perform in Wednesday Brunch Concert at Daejeon City Hall in Daejeon, Korea.
In teaching, her primary interest is in collaborative piano and vocal coaching, which led her to conduct seminars for vocalists and pianists. She has conducted collaborative piano/vocal coaching master classes in Mississippi, Iowa, Texas, Arkansas, and Ohio. She was invited to co-present a session on operatic collaborative piano and co-conduct a vocal coaching and operatic collaborative piano master class at the National Opera Association Convention. She served as a répétiteur for the FestivalSouth Opera Young Artist Program.
Dr. Kumiko Shimizu
Department of Music
Delta State University
Cleveland, MS 38733