Big news for Yoko and Berklee

Big news for Yoko and Berklee

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Photo by Takehiko Tak Tokiwa

Photo by Takehiko Tak Tokiwa

“I am so honored to announce this great news,” Yoko wrote this week. “I’ve been teaching at Berklee College of Music in the Piano Department since 2011. Recently Berklee did an international search for two full-time positions in the Piano Department. Including me, 181 people applied. I was selected as one of five finalists and had to teach a lesson, which was video recorded. I also had to give an hour-long presentation to the search committee. It took more than a month for them to reach a decision … but I GOT THE JOB!”

Also this week, Jazz At Lincoln Center (JALC) asked Yoko to play in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on July 30 for their annual Jazz and Leadership Workshop for The National Urban League’s Youth Summit. It’s a 100-minute workshop during which a JALC band performs some music and uses that performance to teach teens about leadership and trust.

A great week for Yoko!

12 Responses

  1. Peter and Deb Reinhart says:

    Good news, Yoko. Happy that Berklee recognized your value to the music world.
    Congratulations. Looking forward to listening to you again, soon at Les Zygomates or elswhere.
    Peter and Deb

  2. Yoko-
    I am delighted to hear the news. Didn’t I say that they would have been more than stupid not to grab you for the position. You will be a great addition to the full-time faculty.

  3. John T. says:

    No surprise. Well deserved. She’s a great person, great talent, and now it’s confirmed as I thought….. a great teacher!

    Nice that the trio is playing in Florida. All well deserved. Congrats on everything.

    I watched your Log O’ Rhythm video from NYC last weekend. Just the best number ever!

    • Yoko Miwa says:


      How can I ever repay you for your support? You are simply the best!!! I’m not really teaching as much as i am just sharing what others gave to me. Oh and Log O’ Rhythm is definitely going to be on the next CD!


  4. Yoko, Fantastic news for you, Berklee and the Boston music scene. Cannot wait to hear you again. You are my favorite jazz pianist.

  5. Yoko, Fantastic news for you, Berklee and the Boston music scene. Cannot wait to here you again.

  6. Scott Mellon says:

    Ahh, heartfelt congratulations, but, man, I thought you were full-time. Hopefully now you’ll have the sense of security to be able to just focus on your continuing work. And teaching is like performing, right? You soak up so much from others then develop a personal point of view. No doubt that comes across to your students as it does to us listeners. And, yeah, so glad you will remain as a pillar of the Boston music community and continue bringing such good vibes to the city.

    • Yoko Miwa says:

      You are so right Scott, I’m just passing on a tradition that was passed onto me. Thank you as always for your kind words and support, it means so much to me!


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