Air On Strings

Profesional musicians from Columbus and Pittsburgh will be performing selctions of asian influence on flute and harp.

Dr. Takeaki Miyamae began his flute studies at age nine. As a Suzuki Method student of Toshio Takahashi, he had mastered most of the French Flute School solo repertoire, etudes and exercises by age thirteen. From 1977-1979, Dr. Miyamae studied flute under the legendary flutist, Marcel Moyse. Following graduation from high school, he chose to pursue a career in medicine and holds the degrees of M.D. and Ph.D. He has presented recitals in the United States, Taiwan and Japan. In 2002, he recorded the Suzuki Flute School CD?s for Volumes 8 and 10. He is currently teaching at the Westmoreland Suzuki School of Music in the Pittsburgh area.

Dr. Nicole Charles is the Applied Flute Teacher at the Univeristy of Dayton and Muskingum Univeristy. She completed her Doctorate Degree in flute performance with Professor Katherine Borst Jones at The Ohio State University. Representing the city of Worthington as a Worthington International Friendship Association (WIFA) delegate, Ms. Charles visited and performed at sister-city Sayama, Japan, and also had the opportunity to study with Toshio Takahashi at the Suzuki Talent Institute in Matsumoto. In 2006, Ms. Charles was a finalist in the Central Ohio Flute Association?s Young Artist Competition. That same year she tied for second place in the Women in Music of Columbus Scholarship Competition. In addition to her home studio, Mrs. Charles also teaches at the Ohio Contemporary Chinese School (OCCS). She has performed at the 2007 and 2008 National Flute Conventions as a member of the Stratosphere Flute Quartet. Mrs. Charles has performed with the Mansfield Symphony, New Albany Symphony, and currently performs with the Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra.

James Predovich is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Music degree at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music where he studies with Gillian Benet Sella. James holds a masters degree from CCM and a bachelors degree in harp performance from The Ohio State University where he studied with Jeanne Norton. James has performed on WOSU in conjunction with the First Congregational Church for their lessons and carols service during December. James has played with such orchestras as: Phoenix Symphony Guild, Ohio State University Symphony Orchestra and wind symphony, Ohio University Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony, and University of Dayton Symphony Orchestra. He has served as principal horn and harp in the Upper Arlington Civic Orchestra 2002-2006. He has also served as principal harp for the Cardinal health Chamber Orchestra 2004-2010. He currently serves as the substitute harpist for the Springfield Symphony. James maintains an active performing and teaching schedule in Columbus where he resides.