University of Northern Colorado Professor of Music Richard Mayne spent 10 weeks as invited guest conductor of the Musashino Wind Ensemble at Tokyo's prestigious Musashino Academia Musicae, a private college-level conservatory of music that's one of the oldest and largest music academies in Japan.
Ten weeks of rehearsals culminated with a performance in the famous Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall.
The trip also allowed Mayne to reconnect with Musashino professor of piano Hidesato Uemura, who Mayne hosted during the 2011-12 academic year when Uemura was a visiting scholar at UNC's School of Music.
Mayne was recommended for the position by Ray Cramer, emeritus director of bands at Indiana University. Cramer has been a guest conductor at Musashino for 20 years and was given the responsibility of recommending future guest conductors.
Here, Mayne shares some of the 1,200 photos he and his wife took, as well as some of his thoughts about the experience.