Dr. Kumiko Ito
Dr. Kumiko Ito is currently serving as Principal Timpanist with the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra. She has performed as a Timpanist and Percussionist with various orchestras such as the Stockton Symphony, Santa Cruz County Symphony, Modesto Symphony, Monterey Symphony, Oakland East Bay Symphony, California Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, Berkeley Symphony and Opera San Jose. In addition, she previously held several positions in Indiana, Kentucky and Oregon, and performed with Symphony Orchestras from Japan, China and Russia. Dr. Ito has degrees and a diploma in Percussion Performance. At Indiana University, she served as an Associate Instructor, earned a D.M., a M.M., and a P.D. She also earned a B.A. from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. As an active educator, she has presented many clinics in the United States and Japan and taught numerous students privately and in small groups since 1996.