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Yoshie Nakayama

Position
Assistant Professor
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Yoshie Nakayama is a composer, arranger, singer, trombone player, and cofounder of the global initiative Songs for World Peace.

People recognize her warm and jazzy a cappella productions. Her creations vary from traditional Japanese songs to jazz and big band, among others. Her works are published in the U.S. and in Japan, and are stocked in the Japanese Library of Congress in Tokyo.

Career Highlights
  • Music copyist for Sara Gazarek and säje
  • Cofounder of Songs for World Peace (2020–present)
  • Creator of string and horn arrangements for Victory Boyd (2019, 2020) and Infinity Song (2019, 2020)
  • Composer and arranger for Univoz Vocal Ensemble (2016–present)
  • Arranger for Women of the World (2016)
  • Music producer and trombone player with Alejandro Sanz, hosted by Univision (2016)
  • Arranger and background singer with Joyce Moreno (2015)
Education
  • Diploma, Berklee College of Music, contemporary writing and production 
  • B.M., Kunitachi College of Music (Tokyo, Japan), music education 
In Their Own Words

"I'd like my students to come away from my classes with more confidence and creative inspiration that will help in developing their future."

I have worked with outdoor concerts, arena shows, and studio recordings, which are very different. The one thing that's always the case is that people don't have time to waste. I hope my classes will plant the fundamental skills and extend students' abilities and potential to the fullest."

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