Jae Lee is an award-winning New York-based composer, organist, pianist, and educator. As a versatile classical musician, he breaks boundaries between genres and is equally at home with jazz, gospel, and pop idioms. He actively concertizes around the United States and is commissioned by many ensembles around the world. He made his Carnegie Hall debut (Stern Auditorium) in 2017.
Lee is the recipient of many national awards, including the prestigious First Prize of the National Association for Music Education Composers Contest, First Prize of the American Prize in Composition (youngest winner in its history), National Prize of the Music Teachers National Association Composition Competition, and Awards from the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Competition and MuSE Young Composers Competition, among many others. His works have been commissioned and performed by numerous ensembles, including “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, MuSE String Quartet, collectivecadenza, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Chamber Singers, among many others. His music has been performed at The John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Fox Theatre in Atlanta, The Secret Theatre at the Sounds of Arts Festival, The Juilliard School, Savannah Convention Center, and Gwinnett Civic Center. He also studied at the European American Musical Alliance program in Paris as a Brian Shea Fellow studying composition with David Conte and counterpoint with Phillip Lasser.
A devoted educator, he is currently a Music Theory faculty member at Juilliard's Pre-College Division. While a student, he served as a teaching fellow in the Music Theory Department at Juilliard, a position he held since his third year of undergraduate studies. He also served as the Graduate Studies teaching assistant for classes on Beethoven and the American Symphony. A strong advocate for music outreach, he frequently performed in various healthcare facilities around New York City throughout his undergraduate year as a Gluck Community Service fellow, a community outreach program at Juilliard. He also served as the staff accompanist for the Music Advancement Program, an instruction program at Juilliard for highly talented children from backgrounds underrepresented in American performing arts.
He is currently the Music Director and Organist at The Episcopal Church of St. Matthew and St. Timothy in Manhattan. At St. Matthew and St. Timothy, he leads the Music Ministry which includes directing a professional choir, providing music selections, and accompanying services. He was previously the Organist at the historic Riverdale Presbyterian Church.
He graduated with his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree from Juilliard from the Five-Year Accelerated program studying under Dr. Christopher Rouse. He also graduated with "Academic Honors," which was only awarded to six students in the entire graduating class of 2017.
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