MARIKO ANNO holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Flute Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a minor in Ethnomusicology. Since 2005, she has lived in Japan and researched the musical aspects of traditional and contemporary noh with professional noh performers and scholars. She is a specialist in the nohkan (noh flute) and has trained extensively with Issô Yukihiro, Richard Emmert, and Issô Yôji. Additionally, she is well versed in other aspects of noh having trained in ko-tsuzumi with Sowa Masahiro, shimai and utai with Richard Emmert, Oshima Kinue, and Omura Sadamu, taiko with Mishima Gentarô, and ô-tsuzumi with Kakihara Takashi. Presently, Mariko teaches Japanese theatre and music at the University of the Sacred Heart, and is a Ph.D. candidate in Musicology at Tokyo University of the Arts (Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku). She is a certified Alexander Technique teacher.