July 31, 2000
Maestro Yoshimi Takeda, longtime music director of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and an artist-in-residence in the School of Music, died July 23 in Kalamazoo.
Takeda retired as KSO conductor in 1999 following his 25th season with the organization. He began his WMU classroom activities in 1998 after the Board of Trustees approved his three-year residency to lecture, teach master classes and lead opera performances and special music ensembles.
Takeda, who received an honorary degree from the University in 1989, served as guest conductor with symphonies around the world. During his KSO tenure, he also served as music director and conductor of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and as associate conductor of the Honolulu Symphony.