Soothed in her infancy by the flute folk music of her Japanese roots and later inspired by the sounds of the Native American flute, Yuna began her flute playing and studies at the age of 5 with Margaret Redcay.
Yuna has performed as the principal flutist of the Youth Orchestras of Lubbock Symphony, as well as her high school band and orchestra. She has earned multiple recognitions and awards as a soloist in the Texas Flute Society, Music Teachers National Association, and the University Interscholastic League.
She has participated in summer programs of the Oberlin Conservatory Flute Academy, the ARIA International Academy, and the Honor Wind Ensembles of both the University of Texas and Texas Tech University. She has had the distinction of performing three consecutive years as a TMEA All State musician, serving as principal flutist in the 2017 TMEA All-State Symphony Orchestra.
Yuna appeared as a solo artist on NPR’s From The Top show #320 and was selected as a Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist. Feeling both a strong sense of compassion and an eagerness to share her love of music with young children, she has taken her advocacy for the arts into the schools, educating and performing for elementary-aged students in both her local community and in Japan.
She was the 2017 winner of the Wm. S. Haynes Co. Texas Flute All Star Competition, receiving a Q2 flute.
Yuna is currently completing her high school studies in Lubbock, TX, where she studies flute with Dr. Lisa Garner-Santa, Professor of Flute at Texas Tech University.