|Ms. Mariko Morita
Visiting Assistant Professor of Music
Office: CFPA 217C
Ms. Mariko Morita is Visiting Assistant Professor of Music - Organ/Accompanist in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) where she accompanies and coaches music students, and performs organ recitals and concerts with the TAMIU Philharmonic Chorale and Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra.
The second prize winner of the '99 American Guild of Organist (AGO) Regional Competition in Atlanta, she has been actively performing concerts in the U.S. and Japan, and was invited for several prestigious national competitions including the 4th International Organ Competition Musashino-Tokyo in Japan (2000), the 10th Odense International Organ Competition in Denmark (2002), the AGO National Young Artist Competition (2003), and the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig, Germany (2004). For three summers (2001-03), she participated in the International Summer Music Academy in Leipzig, Germany, a co-sponsored program by the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" in Leipzig and the Juilliard School of Music in New York City, and performed in the recitals at Thomaskirche in Leipzig and the Brandenburg Dom in Brandenburg, Germany.
In 2004 and 2005 she spent a year as Music Intern at West End United Methodist Church in Nashville, TN, where she provided organ music for the weekly worship services of the diverse 3,000 member congregation and played an integral part in the church's renowned choral program.
A native of Japan, she began her musical training at the YAMAHA Institute of Music in Iwakuni-city, Yamaguchi at the age of four. Morita spent her childhood performing YAMAHA electric organs in concerts and competition, having received numerous awards and prizes. During her studies at Nanzan Junior College in Nagoya, Aichi, where she earned her Associate Bachelors degree in English, she began taking private pipe organ lessons. Her love of organ playing and English led her to transfer to Seton Hill College in Greensburg, PA, where she received a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance in 1997. A recipient of a Graduate Award Fellowship, she received a Master of Sacred Music degree in Organ Performance from Emory University in 1999, studying with Timothy Albrecht. She is a doctoral candidate in Organ Performance and Literature at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, where she has studied with Marilyn Keiser, Larry Smith and Christopher Young.