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Seiko Inada Werts

Seiko was born in Hiroshima Japan. Music has always been an important aspect of her life. She began playing the piano at the age of three. But she didn't start singing until much later during college. After graduating from college Seiko went to work as an English teacher in Hiroshima. At that time she also started a gospel music choir in the school she taught at.  People told her she had a very special gift. As an English teacher she was able to bring students to Western Washington to learn English while living at homes in the area.  Her students loved it. Seiko also fell in love with the area.  She moved to Washington State near Seattle in 2010.  Shortly afterwards she had the opportunity to join and perform with the Kirkland Choral Society.  
       In 2014 Seiko married Doug.  Shortly after their wedding she gave her very first solo performance in Hiroshima. It was a wonderful first concert. People came and filled the church to its limits. Many people were deeply touched by her  performance.  
     In 2015 Seiko returned to Japan to give two more performances. The first was for an alumni gathering for her High School and College. It was a fun experience for her.  
     The second time was a very special opportunity. Seiko was asked by the Japanese Ministry for Foreign Affairs to sing for a tea party hosted for the wives of foreign delegates and United Nations  female ambassadors. About one hundred and fifty countries were represented. It was a very wonderful time. It was a stong, heart warming time and many women were crying and full of joy. All deeply felt a flood of emotions and love.
      Seiko has recorded and produced three small CD's titled "Seiko's Heart - Smile Always", "Seiko's Heart - Flower" and a Christmas compilation CD. 
      During the global Pandemic 2020-2021, Seiko was the Virtual Artistic Director for the Kirkland Choral Society. This opportunity challenged Seiko with almost every aspect of creating two virtual concerts. She edited videos, mixed audio recordings, artistic production editing. She also directed rehearsals and encouraged singers.  Seiko continues her work with Kirkland Choral Society as the Associate Artistic Director for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 choral season.
In May of 2023, Doug entered Seiko in "Yakima's Got Talent". After her first audition she immediately won the hearts of the judges. In the following 
performances, Seiko showed her love of music and her love of performing. But more importantly, her love of people. She won the hearts of the audiences. For her first time (ever being judged for her singing) she earned a 2nd place. More than that, she won a place in this community.
Seiko was also asked to perform in the Yakima Valley College's performance of "Avenue Q". Her first time in the USA of acting and singing in a musical. It was a fun experienced that challenged her.
Seiko was also
asked to be the Vocal Director for a Yakima Area High School's production of "Oklahoma". Another challenging opportunity that she embraced and excelled in.

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