Headshot of Momoko Tanno. She has long black hair and is wearing a blue shirt, smiling.

Momoko Tanno

Momoko Tanno, soprano/singer/actor has been teaching voice since 2000, and joined MacPhail Center for Music in 2007.

She works on building strong technique for each of her students, emphasizing text, musical and dramatic interpretation, and breath energy based on The Art of Breathing to nurture a complete radiant performer. Momoko describes herself as both a technician and an artist, and by tapping into these traits she encourages each of her students to recognize their unique gifts to reach their maximum potential. She brings her students a wide-array of real-world experience.

She grew up under the tutelage of her mother who is the founder of Heinrich Schütz Chor-Tokyo (circa 1969), studied and performed in numerous concerts in Japan and in Germany for over 10 years with the vocal ensemble, singing early Renaissance and Baroque music as well as Contemporary music by Japanese composers. After 10 years of classical ballet training, she has turned to singing in a rock band covering American and British Rock and Pop music, and also sung in an A Cappella Jazz Vocal Quartet. Her opera and theater credits include Susanna in Figaro, Donna Anna in Don Juan Giovanni, Frasquita in Carmen in the Tony Award-Winning Theater de la Jeune Lune, American Repertory Theater, and Berkeley Repertory Theater, Singer and Kurogo in M. Butterfly at the Guthrie, and Ensemble in Camelot at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.

She has performed opera, musical theater, oratorio, recitals, and spoken word in the Twin Cities, Japan, and Germany. Momoko is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and has taught voice at Breck School, Mahtomedi High School, Roseville High School, and St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists as well in her own private studio. Momoko has a Bachelor of Arts from Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan with the Dean’s Award and Master of Music from the University of Minnesota, privately studied with Camille Maurane, a legendary Baryton Martin in Paris for 3 years to master French and Mélodies Françaises, and Elizabeth Mannion, a legendary teacher of Jessye Norman for 15 years.

As a musician/educator/activist, Momoko has worked with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America as the Glocal Mission Musician Educator since 2011 as an ambassador of the diverse global and local community to further the narrative and representation of marginalized artists, clergy, and lay persons in every context she exists. She is the founding member of the Inclusion Ministry at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, Community Advisory Board for Park Square Theater, has served as a grant review panelist for Minnesota State Arts Board, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and Diversity Equity Inclusion Committee member at MacPhail Center for Music for the past 3 years. Recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant FY2013, FY2019, Community Cultural Partnership Grant FY2015 in which she co-created Story of Crow Boy with In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, McKnight Artist Grant at MacPhail Center for Music in FY2013 and FY2019.

Favorite non-musical hobby: I love to cook, I love to eat, and I love going out for walks with my family. Proud parent of two performers.

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