Aya Shimada, vocal
Born in Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan.
While attending Otaru Choryo High School
, won a gold prize in the High School division of the First Hokkaido Mainichi Vocal Competition.
Majored in Voice Study at Tokyo National University of Fine Art & Music
, where she
performed in numerous operas and concerts.
After receiving B.A. in Music, she returned to Hokkaido and continued performing including the Young Musicians Concert at the Sapporo Civic Art Festival and Opera La Nozze di Figaro.
In 1999, she came to the United States where she studied at Mannes College of Music Extension Division and received a diploma with honors in 2003.
While expanding her
repertoire from Baroque to popular musical, she
has been directing Japanese women chorus groups such as Harmony Basket in New Jersey and Hanamizuki in Westchester County.
In addition, she has been a song leader at New York Japanese Church in Tuckahoe.
is also a proposer of the " Choral Festival of Japan", the first joint event by seven Japanese chorus groups in the New York Metropolitan Area held in June 2009.
is highly acclaimed for her
performance at the United Nations Population Award ceremony in New York since 2000.
Outside Japan and the New York metropolitan area, she
has performed in Mexico and Canada as well.