October 2023 - Mihoko Watanabe
Dr. Mihoko Watanabe is the Program Chair for the 2023 CMS National Conference, which will be held this fall (October 26-28) in Miami, FL. In addition to her work as Program Chair with CMS, Dr. Watanabe is a professor of Flute at Ball State University and Chair of the Certificate in Entrepreneurial Music Program. She is an active chamber musician and performer, having won competitions sponsored by the Japan Flute Association and National Flute Association and serving as a founding member of Trio Piacere (flute, cello, piano), Hibiki (flute, viola, harp), and Duo Viva (2 flutes). As a partial fulfillment of the National Endowment of Arts grant and a member of the faculty resident chamber ensemble, Musical Art Wind QuintetAlbany, they recorded "American Breathe" (Albany Records). Dr. Watanabe has held several principal flute positions and currently serves as principal flutist of the Orchestra Indiana, performing with the Indiana Symphony Orchestra as a substitute. Dr. Watanabe advocates for entrepreneurial music studies and is devoted to ethnomusicology through her research in traditional Japanese music.