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.