ABOUT ONE VOICE CHILDREN'S CHOIR
Masa Fukuda is an international award-winning composer, arranger, and producer. Born and raised in Japan, his early education with Yamaha’s top music program “Junior Original Concert” (JOC) gave him college-level training in music theory, dictation, keyboard harmony, improvisation, and orchestration. He achieved a Level-6 certification at the age of 10 and was awarded 3rd Place in the national songwriting competition sponsored by Asahi Newspaper.
He came to the United States at the age of 16 to study abroad, to explore diverse music, and to pursue his musical career. He attended Brigham Young University on scholarship and graduated in 2002 with a BA in Media Music Composition with Golden Key International Honor Society Certification.
His music was used during the 2002 Winter Olympics Games and was featured on the gold-faced commemorative CD for the Olympics “Light Up the Land.”
By giving over 1,600 elementary school chorus children an opportunity to record in professional studios and educating them about the recording industry, Fukuda won his reputation as a “champion of children.”
In 2003, he was awarded with the rare John Lennon “Dream Power” Music Award presented by Yoko Ono and George Martin for his original music “Innocence of Youth” (lyrics by Jeannine Lasky.) As an arranger and producer, Fukuda has worked with David Archuleta of American Idol (Season 7), Justin Williams (Season 8), Jarrett Burns of the group ANSER (X-Factor, 2011), and Alejandro Melecio (Latino Idol, 2012.)
Some of his more recent arrangements can be heard on YouTube in each of the choir's videos, Alex Boye's “Let It Go," “Happy,” (Pharrell Williams cover) and “Wayfaring Stranger,” featuring Grammy Award nominee Jenny Oaks Baker.
Despite all his success as an arranger and producer, Fukuda thrives on cultivating talents. He gives countless hours of his time teaching and helping choir children achieve their goals and dreams. It is his ultimate passion, and it shows.