Ms. 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 seasons.
Ms. Takagi was a second place winner in New England Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions.
Ms. Takagi received her undergraduate degree in voice from Kobe College in Japan where she was a student of Setsuko Hirosawa. She received her Master’s degree in VocalPerformance from the New England Conservatory of Music where she studied with Susan Clickner.
At Boston University, where she was chosen as “Dean’s Scholar”, she studied voice with Joan Heller and received her Artist Diploma. Shinobu studied further for three years at Boston University as a graduate student in collaborative piano with Thomas Stumpf and took lessons with Alan Rogers and Maria Claude-Jaguaribe.
Ms.Takagi taught for nineteen years at SUNY Fredonia. Aside her teaching, she was a vocal coach and répétiteur for sixteen years for the Hillman Opera. Some of her former students were successfully accepted to excellent graduate programs, some are engaged in teaching currently and many are active in professional performing venues.
Before her appointment at SUNY Fredonia, Ms.Takagi taught at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts and the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, Massachusetts. Some of her students were successfully accepted to schools as New England Conservatory, Cincinnati Conservatory, Yale University to name a few. Alongside her singing and teaching, she remains active as a collaborative pianist.
She has been invaluable to the Sisters for our own pontifical choir, giving instruction in the singing of the Polyphony. We are privileged to have her as a vocal instructor in Queen of All Saints Music Conservatory.