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Elisabeth University of Music

History and Spirit

Elisabeth University of Music is a Catholic school with a student body of about 600, 35 full-time and 100 adjunct faculty, offering professional education in music at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The University consists of the Undergraduate Faculty of Music, the Graduate Division and the University Library. 53 faculty teach in the Graduate Division, where enrollment is limited to about 80. All programs, both undergraduate and graduate, are co-educational.

Elisabeth University of Music traces its roots back to the Hiroshima Evening Music School, a small Quonset hut built in September, 1947 on the ruins of a town still bleeding from the wounds of the atomic holocaust. The founder of the school, Jesuit Father Ernest Goossens, set out on this new venture in the chaos of post-war Japan, when all sense of direction seemed to have been lost. He saw in the school a unique tool to give the young a new élan in their quest for beauty and the attainment of truth through the arts.

In April, l948 the new institution received official recognition as the Hiroshima School of Music, and following academic revision, became in l952 a Junior College, under the patronage of Queen Elisabeth of Belgium, who kindly gave it her name. In answer to a widely felt need, the school was given recognition by the Ministry of Education as a four-year college in April, l963, becoming the present Elisabeth University of Music. Subsequent developments have included the creation in l967 of a Department of Sacred Music and the establishment of the Graduate Division in l990. Since December, l961 Elisabeth has been affiliated with the Vatican's Pontificio Istituto di Musica Sacra. More recently, Elisabeth has completed affiliation agreements with several other institutions of higher education: University of Santo Tomas (Philippines), Fu Jen University (Taiwan), Catholic University of Daegu (Korea), Trinity College of Music (London), Sichuan Conservatory of Music (China), Griffith University (Australia), Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel (Belgium), Music School Mokranjac (Yugoslavia), Catholic University of Korea.

In 1993 the Graduate Division received government approval to open a doctoral course, the first such program in music among Japan's private universities. With a full complement of artistic and scholarly programs at every level of university education, Elisabeth University continues to pursue its vision of contributing to human understanding and cultural exchange through music.

Through many changes the University has remained constant in its commitment to professional education in the spirit of Christian humanism. Integral formation of the person and the University's international dimension as a meeting-place of Eastern and Western culture constitute the core of Elisabeth's identity and tradition. Faculty members hail from Japan, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Korea, Russia, Spain, and the United States. The student body, too, is international, coming from Europe and North America as well as Asia. Maximum artistic development and human fulfillment are sought in community through the experience of contributing to the lives and happiness of others. Our ultimate goal is that music become a life path, leading along the ways of the spirit to God.

Campus Environment and Facilities

Elisabeth University of Music is located in central Hiroshima, adjacent to the "Peace Memorial Cathedral", a Catholic Church in the Nobori-cho area. From Elisabeth it is a short walk to the business district and main railway station. Another campus in East Hiroshima is an hour away and provides additional facilities for physical education, intensive rehearsal by performing organizations, and student recreation.

With a population of over one million, Hiroshima is the leading city of western Honshu. Besides its role in business and commerce, it also serves as an educational and cultural center. A national university and some thirty other colleges and universities compose a rich cultural milieu, in which Elisabeth is unique as the only music school west of Osaka offering programs at the graduate level.

The University Library is one of the finest music collections in East Asia. Holdings include 24,200 books in Japanese, 23,200 books in foreign languages (mostly English), 360 periodicals in Japanese, 530 periodicals from abroad, 48,400 scores, 15,600 audio and video recordings, along with computer database and internet resources.

Other facilities and equipment include the Cecilia Concert Hall seating 802, the Xavier Recital Hall seating 210, the Ensemble Room, and some 140 rooms for teaching, research and practice. Musical instruments include 8 pipe organs, 89 upright pianos, 85 grand pianos, 4 harpsichords and some 200 string, wind and percussion instruments. There are also Japanese koto, shamisen, and folk drums, instruments for Early Music ensemble, an Orff Instrumentarium, as well as a studio for computer and electronic music. Audio-visual equipment is provided in all classrooms and faculty studios; and listening and viewing facilities are available for individual use in the library. Students have access to personal computers in the library and in a separate computer room.

Consultation and assistance on housing, medical care and religious needs are provided through the Student Life Center and the Campus Ministry. The Women's Residence Hall is a five-minute walk from the main campus; it has 104 private rooms, meal service, and practice facilities.

Master's Degree Programs

The Graduate Division offers two-year programs in music leading to the Master's degree. Curriculum flexibility and the predominance of individual and small-group instruction allow students to design study programs which are challenging, while taking advantage of the opportunities offered by the international faculty and cooperative atmosphere. Emphasis is laid on blending individual specialization with the development of total musicianship through ensemble work and interdisciplinary elective courses.

Master's degree programs are divided among four specializations (Music Theory, Sacred Music, Vocal Music, and Instrumental Music), each of which includes one or more areas of concentration, eleven in all. A student beginning a Master's program is accepted for a specific area of concentration, which constitutes the major part of course work. The major subject of each area of concentration is complemented by several area research courses, offered in rotation. Together, these courses from the area of concentration make up 75% of the Master's program curriculum for each student, and elective courses the remaining 25%.

Master's Degree Specializations

  • Music Theory

    Areas of Concentration:

    • Composition

    • Conducting

    • Musicology

    • Music Education

  • Sacred Music

    Areas of Concentration:

    • Sacred Music

    • Sacred Vocal Music

    • Organ

  • Vocal Music

    Areas of Concentration:

    • Voice

  • Instrumental Music

    Areas of Concentration:

    • Piano or Harpsichord

    • Strings

    • Winds/ Percussion

Master's Degree Program Elective Courses

  • Directed Reading and Translation (Works on music in English, French, German, Italian or Japanese)

  • Method and Presentation in Music Research

  • Music, the Arts and Ideas

  • Seminar in Western Music History

  • Seminar in Oriental Music History

  • Advanced Analysis

  • "Sonic Laboratory"

Doctoral Degree Programs

Doctoral degree programs at Elisabeth University are designed to provide opportunities for advanced artistic and scholarly development in any of the areas of music represented in the Master's degree programs. The basic characteristics of the Graduate Division as a whole -- flexibility, personalized instruction and interdisciplinary cooperation -- are maintained and further emphasized in doctoral programs. Admission to doctoral study is based on the candidate's potential for specialized, creative work in a particular area of music.

Candidates for the Doctoral degree must complete three years of study and research beyond the Master's level, and fulfill all requirements in one of three Research Areas: Theoretical Studies (musicology, composition, conducting, sacred music, music education), Vocal Music (including sacred vocal music), or Instrumental Music. Each doctoral student's research is pursued under individual direction, complemented by seminars and individual work in related subjects. All courses in the doctoral program are planned in relation to work in progress.

In special cases, the Graduate Division may consider a dissertation submitted without the normal course work. The Doctorate will be awarded only if the work submitted is judged to be of appropriate quality and importance and to represent the results of significant research or artistic achievement.

Doctoral Research Areas

  • Theoretical Studies (musicology, composition, conducting, sacred music, or musiceducation)

  • Vocal Music (including sacred vocal music)

  • Instrumental music

Doctoral Program Seminar Subjects

  • Composition

  • Musicology

  • Ethnomusicology

  • Sacred Music

  • Music History

  • Music Aesthetics

  • Music Education

  • Music Bibliography

  • Reading and Translation (Japanese, English, German, French, Italian or Latin)

  • Vocal Performance

  • Instrumental Performance

  • Interpretation in Vocal Performance

  • Interpretation in Instrumental Performance

  • Vocal Performance Technique

  • Instrumental Performance

  • Technique

  • Music Literature

  • Ensemble and Chamber Music

Admission Requirements for International Students

Master's Degree

Eligibility: Applicants aged 20 or over who have completed undergraduate professional training or who demonstrate equivalent competence for graduate study in music will be considered eligible for admission.

Language Proficiency: Knowledge of English sufficient for use in graduate level study is required for admission. Applicants admitted without a basic knowledge of Japanese will be required to complete a course in Japanese for international students designated by the Director of the Graduate Division before they begin their graduate studies. Language studies are normally undertaken from April to September, or from October to March.

Audition/Interview: An audition/interview is required of all applicants for the Master's degree programs.

Doctoral Program

Eligibility: Applicants who have completed a Master's degree in music and who evidence the ability and purpose necessary for doctoral study will be considered eligible for admission.

Language Proficiency: In addition to the requirements for admission to the Master's program (cf. above), applicants for the Doctoral program will be required to demonstrate reading ability in another language related to and useful in their proposed area of research.

Application Procedures: International students who wish to apply for doctoral study should write to the Director of the Graduate Division for further information. Application procedures will be determined on an individual basis.

Examination in Japan

International students may also seek admission to Graduate Division Programs by taking the regular entrance examinations in Japan. This, however, requires proficiency in both written and spoken Japanese as well as residence in Japan at the time of the examination. Regular entrance examinations for the Graduate Division are given at the university in mid-December for the Master Degree, and in early February for the Doctoral Degree. A Graduate Division Admissions Bulletin in Japanese (Daigakuin Ongaku Kenkyuuka Gakuseiboshuu Youkou) can be obtained from the Office of Academic Affairs (Gakujibu).

Financial Aid

The tradition of encouraging and aiding deserving students spans the entire history of this school. The "Ranking Scholar System" for undergraduates recognizes outstanding academic accomplishment with tuition grants. There is also a partial scholarship loan system for students in good standing who have financial difficulties.

Recognizing the importance of international exchange for the arts, the University established the "Loyola Fund" in l991 to commemorate the fifth centenary of the birth of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus. The fund gives clear priority to assisting young musicians in Asia who wish to study in Japan and then return for professional activity in their own country. Loyola Fund scholarships apply to tuition and academic fees and are granted on the basis of successful qualification for admission, maintenance of academic standing after admission, and need.

Applicants seeking financial assistance from the Loyola Fund are also encouraged to apply for other assistance for their living expenses. Such scholarships are available from governments, corporations, foundations, and other agencies. Initiative in this matter is taken as a sign of the quality of your motivation. Simultaneous application for other aid does not detract from aid given from the Loyola Fund.

Graduate Division Faculty

Full-time faculty are listed in alphabetical order under their respective specialties. Names are given in their usual order (Western or Japanese): family names are in capitals.

Lawrence McGARRELL, President of the University (cf. Music Education)


KONDO Jo. Professor. BFA (1972), Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. Japan-Germany Contemporary Music Festival Award (1969): Italian International Composition Prize (l974); Rockefeller Foundation Fellow (l977); British Council Fellow (l986); Otaka Prize (1991). Instrumental and orchestral works published, performed and recorded in Japan, Europe and the United States. Author of "Sen no Ongaku"("Music of Line"), numerous articles and critical notes.

TOMOTANI Koji. Professor. BFA (1971) and MFA (1973) Kunitachi College of Music; Diploma (1975), Ecole Normale de la Musique (Paris). Works for Western and traditional Japanese instruments published, performed and recorded. Articles in professional and educational journals.


AKIYAMA Kazuyoshi. Guest Professor. Conductor, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra. Professor, Senzoku Gakuen.


Joaquim M. BENITEZ. S.J. Professor. AB (1963), College of St. Francis Borgia (Spain), MA (1971) and PhD course (completed 1974), Tokyo University. Author of "Gendai Ongaku wo Yomu" and articles on aesthetics and contemporary music in Japanese and international journals; critical notes for recordings of works by many Japanese composers.

KATAGIRI Isao. Professor. BFA (1974), MFA (1977) and doctoral course (completed 1980), Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. Fieldwork on traditional music and dance of western Japan and Okinawa. Articles on music theory in ancient Greece and on ethnomusicological research.

Music Education

GONDO Atsuko. Assistant Professor. AB (1982) Sophia University (Tokyo). MFA (1985) Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. Research on pedagogy in music schools. Writings on the reception of western music in Japan and music textbooks in Great Britain.

Lawrence M. MCGARRELL, SJ. Professor. BMus (1972), Loyola University (New Orleans); MFA (1978), Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. Consultant on teacher formation and music curriculum development in Montesorrian education. Articles on piano pedagogy and historical research in music education. Co-editor of Japanese editions of piano works of Satie and Joplin.

TOEDA Masako. Professor. AB (1967) and MA (1969), Ochanomizu Women's College (Tokyo); PhD (1989), University of Vienna. Music teacher in the Japanese School in Vienna until 1989. Research articles in Austrian and Japanese journals.

Sacred Music

Ewald HENSELER, SJ. Professor. Performance Diploma in recorder and "Early Music"(German national examinations, 1980), MA (1983) and PhD (1993), University of Bonn. Research and publication on Japanese Catholic hymnody. Solo and ensemble performances in Germany and Japan.

Sacred Vocal Music

SUZUKI Hitoshi. Professor. BFA (l964) and MFA (l966), Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. Advanced study at Westfalen and Detmold, Germany. Performances in Germany and Japan as tenor soloist. Has conducted performances of works by Schein, Schutz, J.S. Bach and others.


Simon P. DEARSLEY. Guest Professor. Master of Music, University of Michigan. Director of Music Ministries, Congregational Church, New Canaan, CT, USA, Former Faculty Member of Juilliard School.

HIROSAWA Tsuguto. Professor. BFA (1971), Elisabeth University; Diploma (1975), Hamburg School of Music. Performances in Japan and Philippines.

TOZAWA Mayumi. Professor. BFA (l971), Elisabeth University. Diploma (1975), Pontifical Academy of Religious Music. Numerous performances in Italy, Spain, and Japan.

Vocal Music

KATAOKA Keiko. Professor. BFA (1973), Kunitachi College of Music. Further study in Milan (1982). 3rd Prize (no 1st), International Verdi Competition (1979); 2nd Prize, Parma International Competition (1980); 1st Prize, Treviso International Competition (1981). Numerous opera performances in Italy and Japan, especially as main soloist in works of Verdi. Numerous recordings.

HIRATA Kyoko. Professor. BFA (l961), Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music; MMus (1968), Moscow Conservatory. 3rd Prize, Prague Spring International Voice Competition (1968); 1st Prize (Song Division), International Opera Competition (1970). Soloist at state opera houses in Germany, 1974-1984. Has recorded works by Japanese composers.

ONOMURA Kazuhiro. Professor. BFA (1969) Elisabeth University. Diploma (1973) Munich School of Music. Performances especially of Schubert and Schumann.

UCHIDA Yoichiro. Professor. BFA (l969), Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music; Diploma (1982), Santa Cecilia Conservatory. Opera and recital performances in Italy and Japan.

YAMAGISHI Yasushi. Professor. BFA (1963) and MFA (l965), Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. 2nd Prize, NHK/Mainichi Music Competition (l965); 3rd Prize, Enna International Competition (l971). Opera coach and stage director. Performances in Japan.

Piano and Harpsichord

Andre DE GROOTE. Guest Professor. Professor Emeritus, Brussels Royal Conservatory.

HIROSAWA Kumiko. Professor. Diploma (l971), Hamburg School of Music. Frequent solo and ensemble performances in Japan and Canada. Concerto performances with orchestras from Germany, France and Scotland, and with the New Japan Philharmonic.

INOUE Futaba. Professor Emeritus, Elisabeth University of Music.

ISHIKAWA Shoji. Professor. BFA (l960), Musashino Academy of Music; Diploma (l969), Viotti National Conservatory of Milan. Has authored numerous books and articles on piano performances as well as pedagogical editions of music. Solo recitals in Japan.

SATO Kyoko. Professor. BFA (l967) Elisabeth University, MA (l977) Boston University. Recitals in America and Japan.

SHIBATA Miho. Assistant Professor. BFA (l979), MFA (l981) Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. Ataka Prize (l979). Solo and ensemble performances throughout Japan.

TSUSHIMA Hiroko. Professor. Diplomas (l958), Elisabeth Junior College; (l963) Liege Conservatory. Solo and ensemble performances in Japan, Belgium and France.


NAKAMURA Hideaki. Professor (violin). BFA (l965), Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music; MMus (l969), Manhattan School of Music. Performances in Japan and U.S.A. Concerto performances with the Wittenberg Chamber Orchestra, the Academy Ensemble of Hiroshima, and the Hiroshima Symphony.

Viktor PIKAYZEN. Guest Professor. Former Professor, Moscow Conservatory and Ankara Conservatory.


OSHIRO Keiji. Assistant Professor (flute). BFA (l970) Elisabeth University. MA (l979) Saarland School of Music. Former Hiroshima Symphony Flutist. Solo and ensemble performances.

TAKEDA Tadayoshi. Professor (clarinet). BFA (l975), Kunitachi College of Music; Diploma (l977), Rouen Conservatory. 1st Prize, Leopold Bellan Competition (l977). Bronze Medal, Geneva International Competition (l978). Concerto and ensemble performances and recitals throughout Japan.

YAMASHIRO Hiroki. Assistant Professor (trumpet). BFA (l976), Elisabeth University; Diploma (l980), Paris National Conservatory. Solo and ensemble performances in France and Japan. U.S.A. and European tours with the Saito Memorial Orchestra under the direction of Seiji Ozawa. Director, Elisabeth Wind Ensemble.


FUJISAKI Ikushi. Professor (Italian). BFA (l963), Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. Diploma (l965) Bologna Conservatory. Author of editions of Italian Songs and works on vocal music. Solo recitals.

Juan CATRET, SJ. Professor (Latin). MA (l962), St. Stanislaus (Ireland). PhD (l975) Gregorian University (Rome). Numerous publications.

Adjunct Faculty


INOUE Kazukiyo. Former President, Elisabeth University of Music.

SAKAKIBARA Satoshi. Conductor of numerous choral groups throughout Japan.

WADA Tomoki. Conductor of numerous orchestras in Japan.

Vocal Music

Uwe HEILMANN. Internationally known performer of opera and Lieder. Professor in Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts.

Marcella REALE. Internationally known opera performer and director. Guest professor in Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.

MATSUNAGA Mimiko. Assistant Professor, Hiroshima University.

HAYASHI Yumiko. Frequent solo and ensemble performances.

FUJII Miyuki. Frequent solo and ensemble performances.


Willem BRONS. Internationally known performer. Former Professor, Conservatorium Amsterdam.

Klaus SCHILDE. Internationally known performer. Former President, Hochschule fur Musik in Munchen.

KOJIMA Motoko. Frequent solo and ensemble performances.

MAEDA Maki. Frequent solo performances in Europe and Japan.

NERIKI Shigeo. Professor, Indiana State University.

TONG-Il Han. Professor, Boston University.

UEDA Katsumi. Assistant Professor, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.

HAMAMOTO Yoshiyasu. Assistant Professor, Hiroshima University.


MITSUI Yasuko. Frequent solo performances in Europe and Japan.

NAKANO Shinichiro. Director of the Collegium Musicum Telemann. Internationally performing soloist with numerous recordings.


Paul MEISEN. Former flute soloist with the Hamburg State Symphony. Guest Professor in Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.

NAKAYAMA Sanae. Lecturer in Musashino University of Music.

SHIRAO Takashi. Member of the Saito Memorial Orchestra.


TSUJI Isao. Principal performer in the Yomiuri Symphony.


HIRANO Masataka. Frequent solo and ensemble performer.

MUNESADA Keiji. Frequent solo and ensemble performer.


OKAZAKI Koji. Principal performer in the NHK Symphony.


UMEDA Satoru. Performer in the Tokyo Symphony.


OKAMOTO Tetsu. Principal performer in Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra.


YASUMOTO Hiroyuki. Professor in Aichi Prefectural University of Arts.


ISHIBASHI Minako. Frequent ensemble performances in Europe and Japan.


ISHIKAWA Hiroyasu. Lecturer in Hiroshima University.

MATSUKURA Toshiyuki. Lecturer in Tokyo University of Art and Music, Principal performer in the Tokyo Sinfonietta.


ISHII Mitsuko. Lecturer in Showa University of Music, Frequent solo performances.


ONO Kaoru. Principal performer with numerous chamber orchestras and frequent solo performances.


KONO Fumiaki. Assistant Professor, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.

MORI Junko. Frequent chamber music performer.


HASEGAWA Satori. Frequent chamber music performer.


SATO Norio. International solo performances, Director of the Nomad Ensemble.


KAWAGUCHI Masayuki. Solo, concerto and chamber music performances in Japan and Europe.

Koto (Japanese Long Zither)

WAKI Setsuko. Frequent solo and ensemble performances.


MIMURA Mayumi. Performs with the Hiroshima Symphony.

Music Therapy

NUKI Michiko. Music therapy researcher.

MURAI Yasuji. Professor, Seitoku University.