At the opening address of the 2013 PYP Regional Workshops in Yokohama, Japan, the Yokohama International School Middle School Japanese Music Ensemble performed "Yume no Wa" (Circle of Dreams) by composer Hikaru Sawai. The ensemble is accompanied by their teacher, Mr. Curtis Patterson on the 17-string koto. The YIS Japanese Music Program was founded by Dr. Joseph Amato in 2003 and is the only in-curriculum Japanese music program in the world. Studies begin in Grade 4 continuing in to the IBDP in Grade 12. The YIS Japanese Music Ensembles have performed throughout Japan and in four continents abroad garnering top prizes in national competitions a long the way.