December 6, 2013

Dr. Hae-Jong Lee, Director

Lee-Hae-JongDr. Hae-Jong Lee, a native of South Korea, has directed, for more than thirty years, church choirs, high school choirs, honor choirs, college choirs, community choirs and professional choirs in Korea and the United States. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the Seoul National University and his Master of Music degree from the Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ. Lee received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting and literature from the University of Illinois, Champaign, IL. At the University of Illinois he directed the University of Illinois Chorus and served as Chorus Master of the University of Illinois Opera Company. While staying in Princeton, he toured Taiwan, Korea, France (Colmar International Festival), and Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, with the renowned Westminster Choir. He, as vocalist, had performed with major orchestras including New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Luke Orchestra, LA Philharmonic Orchestra, and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra under the baton of world class conductors including Kurt Mazur, Wolfgang Sawallish, Zdenek Makal, Helmuth Rilling, Joseph Flummerfelt, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. As voice teacher, he has taught numerous singers including wide range of ages in both Korea and the U.S. He joined the Dana School of Music as Director of Choral Activities in 2002. At the Dana School of Music he directs Dana choral ensembles and teaches undergraduate choral/instrumental conducting and advanced choral conducting classes. He also supervises graduate choral conducting students. Lee had been the Chorus Master of the Opera Western Reserve 2005-2015. He had directed the Cleveland Korean Presbyterian Church Choir and Chamber Orchestra for ten years (2004-2014). He conducts Handel’s Messiah annually as the Director of Warren Civic Chorus. His choral music review appeared in Choral Journal, the official national publication of ACDA. Lee’s conducting teachers include Joseph Flummerfelt, James Jordan, Andrew Megill, Fred Stoltzfus, Don Moses (choral conducting); Donald Schleiger and Bong-Heun Yoo (orchestral conducting). He is interested in performing not only pure choral compositions but also choral/orchestral works. He remains active as guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator for a variety of choral events in the U.S. and Korea. Some of his recent activities include his appearance with the Busan City Choir in Busan, Korea and Seoul Motet Choir in Seoul, Korea as a guest conductor and in the Ohio Music Educators Association conference as a clinician presenting “Choral Music in Korea.” He also had a lecture appearance in the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music in Seoul, Korea during August 2014. Most recently he served as the Youth Festival Chorale Guest Conductor and one of six international jurors of the Busan International Choral Festival and Competition on October 2016 in Busan, Korea. Lee is an Honorary Conductor of Noel Choir and serves as an Overseas Advisor for the Korea Choral Institute and the Seoul Motet Music Foundation. He is an active member of professional organizations, including ACDA, IFCM, and NAfME.