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Naomi Munakata (宗像 直美 Munakata Naomi, 31 May 1955 – 26 March 2020) was a Japanese-born Brazilian conductor.

Her work was set in the city of São Paulo. For many years, she was at the artistic director of Coro de Osesp, and her last position was as principal conductor of Coral Paulistano Mário de Andrade. She died as a result of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic in Brazil. Munakata was born in Hiroshima, Japan. She was director of the Municipal School of Music of São Paulo, and conductor and artistic director of the State Youth Choir. She directed the Osesp Choir for two decades, and ran a radio program.

She was hospitalized on 16 March 2020 at the Hospital Alemão Oswaldo Cruz with symptoms of COVID-19. She died on 26 March 2020 at age 64.

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