Concert Series

Date: 7:30pm EDT April 17, 2015

WAC Cherry Blossom Festival & The Washington Toho Koto Society

Washington College welcomes spring with its very own Cherry Blossom Festival! Together with the Office of the President, the Alumni Association, Sandbox, the Student Environmental Alliance, the Anthropology Club, and the Asian Culture Club, the Department of Music and the WC Concert Series presents The Washington Toho Koto Society in Hotchkiss Recital Hall as part of its 2014-2015 Premier Artists lineup. There will be a Japanese-themed reception, sponsored by the WC Alumni Association following the performance.

The Washington Toho Koto Society was founded in 1971 by Kyoko Okamoto to promote the understanding and appreciation of Japanese koto music.  The Society participates in many national and local community events, including the Lantern Lighting Ceremony which traditionally opens the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC every spring. In October 2003, the Washington Toho Koto Society was very honored to receive a Special Award from the Foreign Minister of Japan, Yoriku Kawaguchi, in recognition of over thirty years of contributing excellent performances spreading koto music in the United States and promoting mutual understanding and friendship between the two countries. 


Kyoko Okamoto is a graduate of the Kyoto University of Foreign Studies.  She was certified as Teacher of Koto following completion of her training in the Ikuta school of koto in Japan.   She teaches privately in the Washington metropolitan area and holds faculty appointments at the University of Maryland, College Park and Baltimore County campuses, and the George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia.  Her lecture/demonstrations and recitals have attracted college and community audiences in the Midwest, New England, and the Mid-Atlantic states.  She has recorded for film productions by the Smithsonian Institution and the National Symphony Orchestra, and with other groups of Western musicians.


Phone: (410) 778-7839

Jonathan McCollum, Ph.D.
Premier Artist Series, Artistic Director

Ken Schweitzer, D.M.A
Concert Series Advisory Council, Chair