Shinobu Takagi is an alumna of both the Hyperprism Contemporary Music Series at Boston
College and the ALEA III, Contemporary Music Ensemble in residence at Boston University
where she was a principle soprano for fifteen years. With these ensembles she has
performed numerous pieces by composers such as Jacob Druckman, Luciano Berio, Peter
Childs, Toru Takemitsu, Lucas Foss, Theodore Antoniou, David Taddie, Shih-Hui Chen,
Cindy Cox, Yong Yang, Margaret McAlister and Lawrence Moss.
She has received considerable acclaim from critics such as Richard Buell of the Boston
Globe who wrote: "Ms Takagi gave an affectionate, delicately hued performance" and
"was the capable, steady-voiced soloist who had a high hitting-the-right-interval
rating in Dallapiccola"
Ms. Takagi was a second place winner in New England Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions.
Her opera studies include the New England Conservatory Opera Program with John Moriarty,
Aspen Opera Theatre, Scuola di Siena, C.W. Post Summer Opera Program and the Crittenden
Opera Workshop. She has performed operatic roles such as Susanna in "The Marriage of Figaro", Lauretta in"Gianni Schicchi", Cinderella in Massenet's "Cendrillon" and multiple roles from Mozart's "Magicflute" at Boston
University, New England Conservatory, Prism Opera in Boston and the Aspen Music Festival.
Mrs. Takagi received her undergraduate degree in voice from Kobe College in Japan
where she was a student of Ms Setsuko Hirosawa. She received her masters degree in
vocal performance from the New England Conservatory of Music where she studied with
Susan Clickner. She received her Artist's Diploma in vocal performance from Boston
University where she studied voice with Joan Heller and Phyllis Curtin and movement
with Joe Gifford. Shinobu also completed three years of graduate study in collaborative
piano with Thomas Stumpf at Boston University as well as further studies with Alan
Rogers and Maria Claude-Jaguaribe. And, alongside her singing, she has remained active
as a collaborative pianist.
Mrs. Takagi is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Voice at SUNY Fredonia.
Shinobu also serves as vocal coach and repetiteur for the Hillman Opera program at
SUNY Fredonia. Before her appointment at SUNY Fredonia, Mrs. Takagi served on the
faculties of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Phillips Academy in Andover
Massachusetts and the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick Massachusetts. Her
students have continued on to the Julliard School, Cincinnati Conservatory, Yale University
and the New England Conservatory of Music to name a few.