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Songs of Hope's new CD, "Homeward"

I have been fortunate to take part in the Great East Japan Earthquake recovery support organization, Songs of Hope.  SoH released a CD, "Homeward."  It's a collection of pieces by (mostly) Japanese composers, performed by eleven of the Songs of Hope artists. 

Songs of Hope CD



Previous events


Bach in the Subway Seattle

Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA

The day will sure to bring a special joy!  I will be taking part in the international project:  Bach in the Subway 2017.

As I imagine how this day might unfold, I can't stop smiling.  Bach can be heard everywhere in the city!  What an amazing day this is going to be!  I am so happy and excited to take part in an amazing global project, and I hope many of my international colleague will join in.  My wonderful students at Ballard High School and some of my devoted private students will be performing as well.  I will be performing as "Doctors in Resonance," a marimba Duo with Dr, Kendra McLean,



North Corner Chamber Orchestra: Solstice celebration

Magnolia United Church of Christ, 3555 W McGraw St, Seattle, Washington

I am fortunate to join the amazing conductor-less chamber orchestra to perform the work of a very talented composer, Angelique.  The best part, for me, is that I get to perform with Miriam!  I can't wait!

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Celebrate the return of the light at NOCCO's annual Solstice Celebration. At two very special venues, the Magnolia UCC (Sunday) and the University Christian Church (Monday), NOCCO will offer a sonic respite with music of Stravinsky, Respighi, and Bach, plus a work by Seattle composer Angelique Poteat: Floral Interactions for winds.


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Thank you so much for visiting! 

August 5, 2016

After 7 years of in-depth research, conducted in the United States and in Japan, I was finally able to complete my doctoral dissertation!  What a long journey it was!  My gratitude for everyone who've supported and inspired me throughout this long process!  Now, I just began the process of editing for a Japanese (and English) publication, and I am thrilled to be able to put out my findings to the general public.  I also started multiple performance projects, which will announced here as things are set in place.  Thank you so much for your continued support! 

Memmi Ochi, D.M.A.

[News! ]

<June, 2016>

Memmi received her Doctor of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance from the University of Washington.  Her dissertation, "One Hundred Years of the Concert Marimba: American and Japanese Innovation and Convergence, 1915 to 2014," will become available through the University of Washington Libraries.  It will also be published as a book in a near future!

<October, 2015>

Memmi's latest recordings became available on Youtube.  Please check them out in the Video page!

<June, 2015>

Memmi is appointed as a Teaching Assistant in Percussion at the University of Washington for the Academic Year 2015-2016. 

<May, 2015>

Memmi receives the "Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award" from the Department of Asian Languages and Literature.

<April, 2015>

Memmi is appointed as a faculty member for the Northwest Mallet Camp in Tacoma, WA.

The Education Committee of the Washington PAS Chapter offered Educational Support Program, and a group of clinicians visited to Lochburn Middle School.  We offered 4 different clinics for percussion students.  The program was sponsored by the Percussive Arts Society, and VicFirth company.

<February, 2015>

Memmi is chosen to be a guest clinician for the Day of Percussion at the Western Washington University on April 18th.  Information is forthcoming.

<February, 2015>

Memmi is invited to guest lecture at the Western Washington University.  

She is invited to speak at the "Survey of Non-Western Music" class on February 27th and March 2nd.  She will be lecturing about Asian Music and performing Japanese marimba pieces.

The Education committee of the Percussive Arts Society Washington Chapter offered the first Educational Support Program.  The group of clinicians went to Sylvester Middle School to teach several clinics.  The program was sponsored by the Percussive Arts Society and Zildjian  company.   

<September, 2014>

Memmi and Kendra McLean are appointed as the co-chair of the newly formed Educational Committee for the Washington Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society.   The Education Committee is formed to start a pilot program to support local schools with limited resources.  

<June 13, 2014>

Songs of Hope just released their "Homeward" CD to support the "Tenohira ni Taiyo no Ie," family retreat facility in Miyagi, Japan.

Tenohira ni Taiyo no Ie was established for the children of Fukushima and their parents as a retreat facility where children can run and play outside without the fear of radiation.  Songs of Hope's "Homeward" CD is a collection of pieces by (mostly) Japanese composers performed by eleven of the Songs of Hope artists.

For more information about Tenohira ni Taiyo no Ie,( in Japanese) please go to:  http://taiyounoie.org/

For more information about Songs of Hope, please go to:  http://songs-of-hope.tumblr.com/