Margaret Ozaki Graves

Margaret Ozaki Graves is a cultural consultant, arts administrator, teaching artist and professional performer based in Denver, Colorado. She’s published on topics relating to Japanese culture, diction and music in Japanese American Resource Center of Colorado (JARCC), Nikkei Today, and the NATS Journal of Singing and has taught on topics of Japanese culture, language/diction and diversity/casting across the country. She holds a doctorate in Vocal Performance Studies and Opera with a cognate in Japanese Aesthetics and Music from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Updated March 2020

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Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

Spare Abundance

In a time of ever changing and heightened needs for social distancing, self isolation and attention to the greatest ways we can care for oneself and each other, I’m grateful to still be able to share two short poems from artists Courtney Ozaki and Margaret Ozaki Graves, both of whom are based in Denver. Their pieces speak to the solace we can find in moments of quiet, solitude, and reflection—and that the resilience before us or inside of us is ever present if we’re paying attention. 

—traci kato-kiriyama

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Courtney Ozaki is a creative producer based …

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Profile on Courtney Ozaki - Creative Producer and Performing Arts Manager

Courtney Ozaki is an arts producer and administrator, community leader, and taiko player living and working in the Denver Metro Area. She is Director of Business Development for Dazzle, the Denver jazz institution that recently moved to Baur’s, a downtown venue in the theatre district.

Courtney’s diverse experience encompasses many disciplines of the arts—not limited to classical music, theatre, new works and the visual arts—and many projects across the country and beyond. She has worked at venues including Lone Tree Arts Center, the Joyce Theatre in NYC, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the PROTOTYPE Festival in NYC and …

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Interview with Music Educator Meghan Tokunaga-Scanlon - Part 2

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Recently, I was lucky enough to travel to Estes Park to visit the beautiful mountain campus of Eagle Rock School and meet with Meghan Tokunaga-Scanlon, a Colorado native performer and educator in the performing arts. As mentioned in Part 1, Meg leads performing arts programming at Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center, a small, private boarding school that focuses upon serving adolescents with “engaging, progressive education practices.” The students had just returned from a school break when I arrived and the campus was laid back, yet buzzing with youthful energy. Meg and I gathered on …

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Interview with Music Educator Meghan Tokunaga-Scanlon - Part 1

Meghan Tokunaga-Scanlon is an energetic and passionate music educator, who leads music, theatre, and dance programming at Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center in Estes Park, Colorado. Meg is a Colorado native and has extensive experience as a singer and dancer, having begun studies and performance as a very young child. The first installment of our interview focuses upon Meg’s training and college experience, which may be particularly interesting to college-bound students and their parents.

Earlier this year, Meg and her students performed what I believe to be one of the first and only student productions of Allegiance, …

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