Celebrate World Music and Culture
This is our 5th Anniversary!
About Peoria International Choir
Founded in 2015, Peoria International Choir is passionately committed to celebrating world music and culture! Music has brought cultures together. Music has healed people and should be accessible to everyone. We believe that the world can be a better place with more music! Our mission is to remove barriers associated with access to music for people in and around Central Illinois and to meet the needs of those in the music community, through singing songs in different genres and languages and supporting fledgling and experienced musicians at the grassroots level. Peoria International Choir embodies the spirit of sound, and invites you to join them on their vibrant musical journey!
Masako Somano Johnson
Choir Founder and Music Director
Ms. Masako Johnson hails from Tokyo, Japan and is a Graduate from Yokohama National University with a BA in Music Education and a Post Graduate from Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama Glasgow, Scotland.
Ms. Johnson is the founder and director of Peoria International Choir since 2015 and her past accomplishments include:
Singing Recitals in Tokyo and Hokkaido, Japan, Cambridge, England and Peoria, Illinois and Singapore.
Special concerts for Japanese Royal Family.
Music Director for CWAJ Women's Choir in Tokyo, Japan and Women's Choir in Peoria, Illinois.
Leading Soprano for British Embassy Choir in Tokyo, Japan and for Bradley Community Choir for in Peoria, Illinois.
Piano accompanist for Bradley Community Choir, Bradley Chorale and for Dunlap Middle School and High school esp. for String players.
Music Director for American Women's Association International Choir and International Festival Chorus in Singapore.
Winner of the Ye Cronie Opera Award in 1994.
Ms. Johnson is a music advocate and offers private voice and piano lessons for both children and adults.
Mr. Justin Kothenbeutel finished his Bachelor's of Music in Piano Performance from Western Illinois University and did his Post Graduate studies in Piano Performance at University of Illinois. Studying under many different artists, his primary teachers were Ian Hobson (https://music.illinois.edu/faculty/ian-hobson) and Tammy Walker (http://www.wiu.edu/cofac/music/faculty_staff_info/Tammie_Walker.php).
Mr. Kothenbeutel won the Western Illinois University Concerto Competition in 2005 and has performed many solo piano recitals regionally. Mr. Kothenbeutel's accompanying experience spans many different genres from classical, musical theater, to pop music and jazz. Some of his recent performances include - Ignite Peoria, The Color Purple, and many other collaborations.
Mr. Kothenbeutel has been with Peoria International Choir since 2015 and has served as the one and only very talented pianist playing a variety of musical pieces from around the world year after year!
Mr. Kothenbeutel is a music advocate and offers private piano lessons to both children and adults.