Valley News Recent Headlines
Kyoko Okamoto to Present Koto Recital
09.12.13 |
Kyoko Okamoto will present a koto recital at Lebanon Valley College on September 23 at 4 p.m. in Zimmerman Recital Hall. Her performance is part of the World Music programming this semester sponsored by the Music Department.

Okamoto performs on the koto, a long zither with 13 strings that are plucked with ivory picks. The koto originated in China in 200 B.C. and made its way to Japan by the eighth century.

Okamoto is a native of Japan who has performed and taught the koto in the Washington D.C. area for 39 years. She was trained in Japan under koto master Kazue Ehara of Ashiya, and is ranked teacher of koto of the Ikuta School.

Okamoto founded the Washington Toho Koto Society in 1971, an organization dedicated to fostering understanding and appreciation of Japanese koto music. The group now has over 100 members and actively performs at schools, churches, clubs, museums, and national and international events. In 2003, the society was recognized by the foreign minister of Japan, Yoriko Kawaguchi, in honor of more than 30 years of spreading Japanese music in the U.S. and promoting friendship between the two countries.

An applied faculty member of the University of Maryland and George Mason University, Okamoto has performed extensively, including for the Bicentennial Concert Series and the inaugural concerts of U.S. Presidents Carter and Reagan. She played background music for the films "Art of Hyogushi" and "Pacific Bridge," and has appeared on television as part of the National Symphony Orchestra's "Music in Harmony" series. She has produced seven albums.


09.18.14
The Benefits of Engaging with the Greater LVC Network: Collin Straka ’14 and Steve Kurtz ’09
View Full Story

09.18.14
Andrew C. Hildebrand Named Among Top 25 Becker Instructors of 2014
View Full Story

09.18.14
Dr. James H. Broussard Honored with SHEAR Distinguished Service Award
View Full Story

09.17.14
New York Times Bestselling Author Matthew Goodman to Present Reading at Lebanon Valley College
View Full Story

09.17.14
“DRAG” Part of LVC’s Colloquium Film Series on Sept. 22
View Full Story

09.17.14
Lebanon Valley College’s Friday Night Comedy Series Continues Sept. 19 with Comedian Louis Ramey
View Full Story

09.16.14
Washington Monthly Names Lebanon Valley College a “Best Bang for the Buck”
View Full Story

09.12.14
LVC’s Neighbors: The Allen Theatre and MJ’s Coffeehouse
View Full Story

09.11.14
Collaborating for Social Justice
View Full Story

09.11.14
Lebanon Valley College to hold International Symposium on Karl Popper and the Open Society Sept. 16 through 18
View Full Story

09.11.14
Working with the Lion Down the Road: Penn State Hershey Medical Center
View Full Story

09.11.14
Former Student Trustee and Board Partners on Mund College Center Renovations
View Full Story

09.11.14
Building Partnerships in the Spirit
View Full Story

09.11.14
Cultivating Worldwide Partnerships: The Center for Global Education
View Full Story

09.11.14
Lebanon Valley College Joins EPA’s Green Power Partnership
View Full Story

09.10.14
Lebanon Valley College welcomes Judge John E. Jones III as part of Constitution Day Sept. 17
View Full Story