Yumiko Matsuoka, originally from Tokyo, Japan, is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and a professor in the college’s Ear Training department. She has also taught vocal writing in the Contemporary Writing and Production department. Matsuoka is the founder of the Boston-based a cappella quintet Vox One, whose albums Vox One (1993), Out There (1995), Chameleon (1997), and Pure Imagination (2005) have won multiple awards from the Contemporary A Cappella Society of America (CASA). Her arrangements and compositions can also be heard on her anthology To Every Thing There Is A Season (2008), Vox One’s Say You Love Me (1995), and on recordings by other a cappella groups around the globe. Vox One has performed locally as well as nationally, and has toured in Japan several times.
Matsuoka has also written for TV commercials in Japan, including Toyota, Sharp, Meiji Seika, and Japan Energy Corporation. Some of her arrangements have been published by the University of Northern Colorado Jazz Press and by Edition Kawai in Japan. She is active as a coach and adjudicator, and gives workshops throughout the U.S. and Japan. Since 1998, she has served as an adjunct faculty member for ensemble singing workshops hosted by a New York-based ensemble, the Western Wind. For more information, visit ymymusic.com.