Chiho Okuizumi Feindler is the Senior Director of Programs and Policy for the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, responsible for the implementation of the award winning national initiative committed to restoring music education in America’s public schools and to raising public awareness about the benefits of music education. Ms. Feindler completed rebuilding of instrumental music education in such cities as Buckeye, AZ; Columbia Heights, MN; St. John the Baptist Parish, LA; and Trenton, NJ, and directly manages ongoing partnerships in cities including Chicago, IL; Houston, TX; Miami, FL; New Orleans, LA; Newark and Paterson, NJ; New York, NY; and the state of West Virginia.
Ms. Feindler has presented at numerous state and national educator conferences including National Council on the Arts/National Endowment for the Arts Meeting, SXSW Edu, KIPP Summits, Arts Education Partnership National Summit, and National Association of Elementary School Principals Conference and provides consultation to communities throughout the United States as they face challenges that jeopardize arts education. She was a recipient of 2017 Casio Leadership in Music Education Award and serves on the Arts Education Partnership ESSA Working Group and National Association for Music Education’s Policy Roundtable.
Originally from Japan, Ms. Feindler holds Bachelor of Science Degree in music therapy with emphasis in special education and psychology and Master of Arts degree in euphonium performance. She was a former Director of Education and Community Engagement at New Jersey Symphony Orchestra where she was responsible for the Symphony’s education and outreach programs reaching over 900,000 residents in New Jersey.