Masako Hockey, Percussion

Masako Hockey - masako-hockey-portrait-19Masako Hockey received her Masters Degree in Music Performance (Percussion) from the renowned Tokyo University of the Arts (“Tokyo Geidai”) and her undergraduate degree from The Musashino Academia Musicae. Masako has performed as a marimba soloist with major symphony orchestras around the world, and as a percussionist in theatre groups and several dedicated percussion ensembles, including the Victoria Symphony, The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, The Vancouver Island Symphony, The Victoria Operatic Society, Ballet Victoria, and The Victoria Gilbert and Sullivan Society. She is a founding member of Canada’s premier children’s musical storytelling quartet Music Corner, and is featured on their debut album “Aesop’s Animals”. An avid contemporary auxiliary Latin percussionist, she also plays with The Chris Millington Band. As a member of the Tokyo Pipe Band, Masako has competed in the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland and was Japan’s first Scottish rudimental pipe band snare drummer to win a major scholarship award in drumming abroad.

Masako has taught extensively throughout her career, having provided instruction to both Junior and High School students in Japan. She is an active music educator in Victoria, tutoring percussion students at the St. Michaels University School and is a personal coach in musicality and advanced technical studies to school students and university music majors alike giving individual lessons from her private percussion studio. Masako is an official Korogi Marimba Artist, and also endorses Istanbul Agop Cymbals.

Hometown: Sayama City, Saitama, Japan

First season with the VS: 2003/04

Most memorable VS experience: Oh wow, that’s a hard one. I’ve had so many great times playing with the Victoria Symphony! From the unexpected gags played on me by my fellow percussionists, to the times we really nailed it (several Symphony Splash performances come to mind), it has been a real pleasure and honour to play with the orchestra.

As for a most memorable time – that’s got to be when I performed in January of 2008 as a soloist, the marimba concerto “Two-by-Four” by Jeffery Ryan with Maestra Tania Miller. I have performed many marimba concertos with other orchestras over the years, but performing at home here in Victoria for all of my friends and co-workers was a very special moment for me.

Hobbies and interests: Cooking! I love exploring food from around the world. Also, I’ve recently started to take tap dance classes. I find it is a wonderful blend of drumming and dance.

Favourite things to do around the capital region: Taking yoga and ballet classes. Finding the latest new micro brew pub (along with my husband who really enjoys dark beer)!

“I enjoy dance and have been in ballet ever since I was three years old. I also teach Zumba®, an aerobic music/dance/fitness workout routine.” -MH

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