The Sakiko Kanamori Prize

The Sakiko Kanamori Prize

We have established a small endowment at Hope in Sakiko's memory. "The Sakiko Kanamori Prize" is given each year to one or more voice students who are on their way to professional singing careers. It is based on need and may be used only for expenses outside the college. Sakiko always remembered how difficult it was to get started and how important little things were. Examples of expenses that can be supported include a plane ticket to an important audition or sessions with a special vocal coach. To insure that the recipient(s) will contribute to the Hope community after receiving the prize, the Music Department will usually award it to sophomores or juniors, though first semester seniors will also be eligible.

Our target was US$25,000. Even though we have just reached it, we hope that the endowment can grow still more. We started with an annual prize of US$1,000 in 2007-2008 and have increased this amount gradually to keep pace with inflation. Information about recipients of the prize appears on this website.

Friends of Sakiko who wish to contribute may do so in one of two ways.

1. By US$ Check, made out to Hope College and marked
"The Sakiko Kanamori Prize"

Hope College Advancement Office
P.O. Box 9000, 141 East 12th Street
Holland, MI 49422-9000
Phone: (616) 395-7775

2. By bank transfer to the following account in the Netherlands

B.T. Mook
Account #:
IBAN: NL06ABNA0418876037

Photo of Sakiko as Manon

Progress towards our goal



Prize recipients

2019: Prize not awarded
2018: Hannah Karel
2017: Prize not awarded
2017: Sakiko Gala Concert
2016: Prize not awarded
2015: Prize not awarded
2014: Rosemary Walsh
2013: Prize not awarded
2012: Haley Hodges
2011: Sarah Ashcroft
2010: Ross Green
2009: Katie Jo Ross
2008: Isaac Droscha