混声合唱団「花みずき」

Hanamizuki Mixed Choir

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Founded in 2006, by the graduates of Amagasaki Municipal Tachibana Junior High School Choir in Hyogo prefecture. The choir’s name “Hanamizuki” means “flowering dogwood” in Japanese - which is the city tree of Amagasaki. Presently, the group, consisting of members from around the country, is led by Terumi SAKAI, and has always been keen on pursuing a unique musical expression. Despite the frequent member changes, the group aims to be “a choir where all of the members can come back and sing together whenever they want to”, embodying one of the symbols of dogwood flowers - “durability”.

The technical coach is Takako OKAMOTO, conductor of Mukogawa Woman’s University Junior & Senior High School Chorus Club, and ex-advisor of Amagasaki Municipal Tachibana Junior High School Choir. The choir achieved golden awards in the Tokyo International Choir Competition, National Choral Competition in Kansai area, and Hyogo Vocal Ensemble Contest.

Terumi Sakai

After Terumi SAKAI had graduated from Mukogawa Women’s University, majoring in music (Vocal music), she specialized in methods of chorus instruction in Graduate School of Human Development and Environment of Kobe University. In 2012, she performed in Poland as a member of the JCDA Youth Choir, which won the third prize at the 28th Takarazuka International Chamber Chorus Contest. Presently, besides being a leader and a conductor in Hanamizuki Mixed Choir, she is also a vocal instructor in the Kansai University Junior & Senior High School Chorus Club and in Inter-college ensemble KOBE (ICEK) and in Ueno Music School. She is also a former instructor in Kashima Kids’ Choir. Moreover, she participated in the recording of “Operreta BOOK with a CD” (Hikarinokuni. Co., LTD.) as a singer. She studied vocal music under Yoshifumi HATA and conducting under Yoshio SAIDA.