Honoka Shoji has been playing the harp for over six years under her harp teacher, Miya Otake. She has also been taking part in programs offered by the Vancouver Academy of Music, where she is a member of the youth orchestral program, VAMSO, and has performed at the Orpheum Theatre numerous times. With the instruction of Dr. Joy Yeh, she has had training in chamber music, allowing her to be immersed into a world of music created by several other talented musicians.
Honoka has been competing locally, including the Kiwanis Music Festivals where she won 1st Place Gold for 4 consecutive years since 2013. She is annually selected to perform for the Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festival Showcase Gala Concerts by every adjudicator she has had. She has won the most prestigious “Excellence Awards Scholarship” sponsored by Tom Lee Music for the best performance of the 2017 Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festival Evening Gala Showcase Concert and Competition. She was chosen among 8 other extremely talented finalists including pianists, violinist, cellist, guitarist, flutist, and singers from the Greater Vancouver Region. She has also received the Emerging Young Artist Scholarship sponsored by Aoyama Harp of Canada Ltd. along with VKMFS Medallions for the best performance of her category.
In addition to her music education, Honoka provides music at weddings, showers and corporate parties. She has actively taken part in charity events hosted by the Vancouver General Hospital, Children’s Hospital and The Children’s Wish Foundation, as well as the Tsunami Relief Concert for Japan. At the same time, her volunteer work in senior homes has helped her to develop a strong musical bond in her local communities.
< a message from Honoka about herself! >
I enjoy reading books about autistic children and parents writing about their experiences with an autistic child. These books give me interest because I feel we are all connected in a way. My brother too is autistic and there are some disadvantages.
As my parents were busy taking extra care of my brother and could not spend as much time as they wanted with me, they thought that a music lesson would increase more time together. Then, I was asked what instrument I wanted to learn and I said “harp”! So, my brother was the main reason I was able to start the harp.
Besides music, many teens like reading things like “fan-fictions” or books from the “teens” aisle, but my interests in books are the spiritual kinds. When I say that, it means these books include dogs reincarnating, and some phone calls from heaven. It really is fascinating!
< AWARDS >
2017 Vancouver international Music competition Bronze
2017 Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festivals Gala Competition 1st place winner
2017 Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festivals Harp Division 1st Place
2016 Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festivals Harp Division 1st Place
2015 Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festivals Harp Division 1st Place
2012 Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festivals / Kiwanis Tapestry Music Award
2012 RCM First Class Honours
50th Anniversary Weekend Special Event
@Steaveston Buddhist Temple /Richmond
September 28, 2013
Strawberry &Tea Concert
@Vancouver Academy of Music / Vancouver
August 10, 2013
“Sonrisa Stepping Stones 3” Charity Concert
14th Annual Kiwanis Fraser Valley International Music Festival /Langley
March 10 2013
The 3rd Benefit concert for the victims of Japanese Tohoku Earthquake
@West Point Grey United Church / Vancouver
December 22, 2012
Christmas Harp recital
@Vancouver Academy of Music / Vancouver
Tonari Gumi Christmas Benefit Concert
@St. Matthias & St. Luke Anglican Church / Vancouver
March 3, 2012
Benefit concert for the victims of Japanese Tohoku Earthquake
@Holy Cross, Japanese-Canadian Anglican Church / Vancouver
http://www.vancouver.anglican.ca/portals/0/repositoRy/05_2012Topicweb.pdf (Page 4)
February 9, 2012
Exhibit “Edo: Arts of Japan’s Last Shogun Age” .- Opening Reception
@Richmond Cultural Centre / Richimond