Nobue Matsuoka, Percussionist
Nobue Matsuoka began studying marimba at the age of ten with her aunt, Kayoko Kito in Nagoya, Japan. She came to the United States in 1989 and studied percussion at Loyola University in New Orleans with Jim Atwood of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. She won the Aspen Music Festival Percussion Competition in 1994, became the national winner of the 1995 Music Teacher National Association Young Artist Competition in Percussion and graduated from Loyola with honors.
In 1998, she received a master’s degree in percussion performance from Southern Methodist University where she studied with Douglas Howard of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Matsuoka has worked for Google, Inc. as a Japanese Quality Rater, a Reference/Technical Services Librarian at Notre Dame Seminary and a Public Services Assistant/ILL specialist at Loyola University in New Orleans. Nobue recently moved from New Orleans, LA to become the Music/Performing Arts librarian at American University in Washington, DC.