A native of Ft. Worth, Texas, Lee graduated from Texas Christian University, cum laude, with a major in music education and a minor in organ performance. As a student of the late Dr. Ruth Whitlock, Lee hones his skills in vocal music education. Through the Choristers Guild Leadership Training Program, Lee studied with Helen Kemp and John Yarrington. Personal mentoring in choral skills combined the best of Lee's experiences with Paul Salamunovich; Mike Kemp; Ronald Shirey; Lara Hoggard; Bev Hensen, and his colleague at the Cathedral for the past seventeen years, Gregory Labus.
As a festival conductor and clinician, Lee has presented workshops, primarily in the area of his work with children's choirs, throughout the United States. He has served as clinician for the National Choristers Guild summer seminars in both Grand Rapids and Kansas City. In 1987, he conducted the five-hundred-voice choir for the Papal Mass held in San Antonio. In 1993, he served as conductor of the Papal Mass in Denver, conducting over seven hundred young singers for the International World Youth Day Festival.
2017 Breakout Sessions
Musicality and Movement with LEE
Connect body, mind, and feelings with these movement games for all ages-kids to adults. Elementary and middle schoolers especially love the games with balls and other movement-in-place and movement-in-space activities that challenge their active listening and quick reaction skills. Singers will increase attention and concentration skills with games that actively focus ear, mind, and body on rhythm and other musical elements.
The Singing Child - Body, Mind, Spirit, Voice
This session will explore today's singing child. Types of children's singing voices will be determined and heard via video demonstrations. Ways of enabling any child to sing technically will be experienced by session attendees.
Toys-R-Lee: The Singing Children from Toys, Tone to Text
Explore the use of visual aids, such as toys, to enable children, even adults, the ability to sing musically. This session will explore today's singing child. Types of children's singing voices will be determined and heard via video demonstrations. Ways of enabling any child to sing technically will be experienced by session attendees.
Recruiting, Keeping and Maintaining All Choirs from Child to Adult
This session will offer practical methods of recruiting, keeping, and maintaining any choir program from Child to Adult. Uses of communication aids, forms, timelines, and the advantages of initial choir interviews will be explored. Policies and "re-choir-ments" that can keep and maintain any choir will highlight this presentation