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Roger W. Lowther

Organist. Community Arts Tokyo Founder & Director. Director of Faith & Art at Grace City Church Tokyo. He received his Master of Music in Organ Performance from The Juilliard School and his Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics from Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. Mr. Lowther has won numerous competitions and has recorded four albums.

Roger and his wife Abi helped start Grace City Relief and Tsukuda Loves Tohoku after the trifold disasters of earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear radiation and continue to be involved in relief and recovery efforts.

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Abi Lowther

Pianist. Director of Worship at Grace City Church Tokyo. Abi help start Tsukuda Loves Tohoku, a community volunteer organization started after the March 11, 2011 earthquake. Abi has a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Belhaven University and a Master of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Memphis.  She performs regularly in recitals and concerts. She lives in downtown Tokyo with her husband Roger and four small boys.

Ellie Honea

Pianist. Community Arts Tokyo Teacher. Ellie graduated from Belhaven University in 2011.

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Rachel Reese

Violinist/Teacher. Rachel graduated from Belhaven University in 2010 under the instruction of Professor Song Xie. She participated as the concert mistress of the Belhaven Chamber Ensemble and the Belhaven and Jackson Area Orchestra. She received a full scholarship to the Kennedy Center’s Summer Music Institute and was awarded principal second violin in summer of 2007. Competitions include second prize in the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artists Competition, first prize in the MMTA concerto division, and she was chosen as the representative of the state of Mississippi in the ASTA and MNTA competitions. She was also awarded a scholarship by the Mississippi Federation of Music Clubs. She won a second violin position in the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra in their 2008/2009 season.

Rachel worked in Trujillo and Cajamarca, Peru for two years, giving concerts, starting festival and competitions, and teaching. She now lives in Ishinomaki.


Ryo Amano

Percussionist/Guitarist/Pianist. Liberty Music Program Artistic Director. Ryo graduated from Boston’s Berkley School of Music with a degree in jazz, and since has been performing in cafes, restaurants, jazz clubs, live houses, churches, and wedding ceremonies. Before working with Community Arts Tokyo, he lived in the Tohoku disaster area working for the non-profit organization Samaritan’s Purse.

Mami Morikawa

Liberty Music Program School Coordinator. Mami served with Samaritan’s Purse as field staff to help people in the Tohoku disaster area. After graduating from nursing school, she has served at a hospital, a handicapped facility, and a pediatric clinic. Mami currently volunteers around the Ishinomaki area.

Virginia Lavallee

Field Director for Liberty Music Program, Tohoku Children’s Project. Community Development Coordinator for Grace Mission Tohoku. Virginia graduated from Jackson State University with a B.S.W. and is a licensed social worker. Since the summer of 2011, she has been working and living in the disaster area of Northeast Japan, coordinating teams and working for the recovery of the area.


We are located in the "shitamachi" (lower city) of downtown Tokyo, the parts of the city along the Sumida River and Tokyo Bay. It is full of old historical buildings juxtaposed with new high-rise apartment buildings.

The nearest train station is Tsukishima Station, accessible by the Yurakucho and Oedo Lines. Tsukishima is the home to Monjayaki, a type of Japanese pan-fried batter with meat and vegetables.

Mailing Address: 1-11-6-2207 Tsukuda, Chuo Ku, Tokyo 104-0051 JAPAN