• Cho Eun Lee
    Cho Eun Lee
    Assistant Professor of Collaborative
    Piano and Vocal Coaching

    B.M., KyungWon University
    M.M., University of Cincinnati
    D.M.A., University of Southern California
    Email: clee@leeuniversity.edu

    Dr. ChoEun Lee, a native of Korea is an active pianist, vocal coach, and chamber musician. She has given numerous performances in Korea, the United States, Austria, Italy, Australia, and New Zealand, in major venues including Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood Music Center, and Aspen Music Festival. She has worked extensively in recitals and masterclasses with renowned musicians, including Stephanie Blythe, Phyllis Curtin, Martin Katz, Anne Sofie von Otter, Christine Schäfer, Dawn Upshaw, Jake Heggie, Erie Mills, Alan Smith, Kenneth Griffiths, Jennifer Ringo, Linda Watson, Vinson Cole, Grant Gershon, and Diane Zola. She was a pianist in Opera gala concerts in Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, Italy, where she worked with Donna Brunsma, Gianfranco Cosmi, and Rolando Russo. She was twice invited to Tanglewood Music Festival and been named a recipient of the Grace B. Jackson Prize. One of her performances in Seiji Ozawa Hall was broadcasted on WAMC. Recently she was invited to Emerging Artist Fellowship Program in Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar. Also, in summer of 2016 and 2017, she was invited as a repetitor to American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and will be returning in 2018.

    As a harpsichordist, Dr. Lee has performed many Baroque concerts and is passionate about discovering contemporary classical music and vocal chamber music. She has appeared many times at the Grandin Vocal Chamber Music Festival and worked with Mary Dibbern, Warren Jones, Thomas Pasatieri, and Jake Heggie. She is one of the core artists of the LotusFlower New Music Project and performed Chinary Ung’s Mihori in Pacific Asia Museum. In addition, she has premiered various works and has collaborated with many living composers, including John Harbison, Michael Gandolfi, Jake Heggie, Thomas Pasatieri and John Plant.   

    Dr. Lee has been actively involved in choral ensembles. She has appeared at the National Collegiate Choral Organization conference in 2011, with Chamber Singers at USC, where she was acclaimed by composer Paul Carey, “ChoEun Lee’s subtle phrasing was the epitome of expressive choral accompanying. Every note and phrase she touched were golden, EVERY note mattered, and that is something you do not often hear…”.

    Dr. Lee was awarded a master’s degree in collaborative piano studies from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where she studied with Kenneth Griffiths, Sandra Rivers, and Donna Loewy. She earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Southern California in the studio of Dr. Alan Smith. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda. She is a recipient of the Gwendolyn Koldofsky Keyboard Collaborative Arts scholarship four times. Dr. Lee taught at California State University, San Bernardino and served as a vice-president of CAPMT. Dr. ChoEun Lee joined the faculty at Lee University in 2016 as an assistant professor in collaborative piano and vocal coaching.

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