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As a composer, arranger and accompanist, Maiko Chiba supports the Japanese Choral Society of Washington from multiple directions. She has arranged the national anthem of Japan, "Kimigayo," and the "America the Beautiful" exclusively for the group. The re-arranged "Kimigayo" has been performed by the group since 2007 mainly at the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. The newly re-arranged "America the Beautiful" was performed at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage by the group in April 2008 and will be performed again at the group's joint concert at the American University in Washington D.C. in May 2008.

Maiko Chiba holds her Bachelor's degree in composition from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and her Master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Maryland's School of Music. Her flexibility of expressing musical arts shows her compositions for a wide range of needs - from a single instrument up to a full orchestra, with genres ranging from classical to modern age. One of her compositions "~ On a Field of Wintry Glass ~ for violin, cello, and piano" was highly praised by the Washington Post in 2000. Ms. Chiba also has composed for numerous TV documentary programs for NHK (Japanese National Broadcasting company). One of her series of musical compositions received the HDTV Program Award by NHK in 2001.

Her awards include: a first prize from the Walsum competition from the University of Maryland's School of Music, a Special Commendation from the Vienna Modern Masters Orchestral Recording Award (Austria), the Ataka award from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (Japan) and the Washington Award by the S&R foundation (USA).

Maiko Chiba is currently a member of the American Composer's Forum, the Society of Composers, Inc., and BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.). Her piece for violin and piano is scheduled to be performed in the mansion at Strathmore in Maryland in September 2008.

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