Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee, D.M.A.

Assistant Teaching Professor

College
College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Department
Music Department
Phone
978-934-3149
Office
Durgin Hall 225
Links
Website

Expertise

Music Composition, Music Theory, Sound Recording Technology

Research Interests

Composition, music production, contemporary music, music theory, popular music.

Contemporary music literature and analysis, application of architectural theory to musical form, analysis of harmonic, rhythmic and formal structures underlying intuitive creative procedures of contemporary composers, musical play and creativity in unstructured environments, integrated STEAM learning.

Education

  • B.M. - Music Composition, Baldwin-Wallace University - Berea, Ohio
    Supporting Area: Music Theory
  • M.M. - Music Composition, Indiana University - Bloomington, Indiana
    Supporting Area: Electroacoustic Music
  • D.M.A. - Music Composition, Rice University - Houston, Texas
    Supporting Area: Music Theory

Biosketch

Christopher Lee, D.M.A. is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Music. He received degrees from Indiana University, Baldwin-Wallace University and Rice University, and his compositions have been performed internationally by ensembles including the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the California EAR Unit, Speculum Musicae, the Woodlands Symphony Orchestra, the Rapides Symphony Orchestra, the Rice University Shepherd School of Music Symphony Orchestra, the Omaha Chamber Music Society / Analog Arts Ensemble, Synergy 78, SoundProof, flutists Carol Shansky and Peter Sheridan, the Greater Cleveland Flute Society, FiveOne Experimental Orchestra, the 20/21 Ensemble, VOX, the Kuttner and Enso Quartets, the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony, the wind ensembles of Baldwin-Wallace College, Ohio University, the University of Alaska, Illinois State University and Texas A&M University, the University of Massachusetts Lowell Chamber Singers and Percussion Ensemble, and at the MusicX, IDEAS Digital Arts and LATEX Electroacoustic festivals. At UMass Lowell he has also served as the project co-lead of The EcoSonic Playground Project, a music-focused, STEM+Design+Sustainability program for children in underserved communities.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Excellence in Teaching Award (2020), Teaching - UMass Lowell
  • Doctoral Teaching Fellowship (2008), Teaching - Rice University
  • Morton Gould Award (2003), Scholarship/Research - ASCAP Foundation
  • Kuttner String Quartet Competition (2003), Scholarship/Research - Indiana University
  • Juan Orrego-Salas Fellowship (2003), Scholarship/Research - Indiana University

Selected Publications

  • Johnson-Green, E.A., Lee, C., Flannery, M. (Marino Institute of Education, Trinity College, University of Dubin). A musical perspective on STEM: Evaluating the EcoSonic Playground Project from a co-equal STEAM integration standpoint. International Journal of Education and the Arts.
  • Lee, C. (2006). Skywriting (in New Music for Solo Alto or Solo Bass Flute). Southeast Missouri State University

Selected Presentations

  • The Ecosonic Playground: an overview - The Maker Music Festival, May 2022 - www.makermusicfestival.com
  • The Ecosonic Playground: social action through music education, sustainability, and steam immersive learning - Sustainable Sounds: Interrogating the Materials of Music Making Technologies, May 2019 - Edinburgh, Scotland
  • The Ecosonic Playground Project: Social action through music education, sustainability, and STEAM immersive learning - Visions of Research in Music Education, The Conference, May 2019 - Princeton, NJ
  • The EcoSonic Playground: Social action through music education, sustainability, and STEAM immersive learning - College Music Society Northeast Regional Conference, March 2018 - University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware
  • The History and Literature of Jazz, 1890 to the Present - Summer Symphony Workshop, July 2014 - Wellesley, Massachusetts
  • Dramatic Orchestration for Film - Berklee College of Music, May 2011 - Boston, Massachusetts
  • Orchestration for Large Ensemble - Berklee College of Music, May 2011 - Boston, Massachusetts

Selected Artistic and Professional Performances and Exhibits

  • Love Song (text by Maggie Dietz) Academic - Regional, Music Composition - Major Work, Performance - University of Massachusetts Lowell Chamber Singers - Nancy Donahue Celebration of the Arts - Lowell
  • Birds of Paradise Academic - Regional, Music Composition - Major Work, Performance, Prof Ensemble - Synergy 78 (College Music Society Northeast Regional Conference) - Philadelphia, PA
  • Signs and Wonders Album Release Concert Music Performance - Free-lance - Birdsong At Morning (UMass Lowell) - Lowell, MA
  • Birds of Paradise Academic - National, Music Composition - Major Work, Performance, Prof Ensemble - Synergy 78 (National Association of Collegiate Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI)) - Cedar Falls, Iowa
  • Maximilian Non-Academic - National, Music Performance - Participation (Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States) - Boston, MA
  • Performed the work"Maximilian" for solo percussion and electronics by Ramon Castillo.
  • Three Elements for solo flute Non-Academic - National, Music Composition - Major Work, Performance - Carol Shansky (Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble) - New York, New York, USA
  • Akom Academic - Regional, Music Composition - Major Work, Performance - University of Massachusetts Lowell Percussion Ensemble - Lowell
    "Akom" is a work for percussion ensemble inspired by the ceremonial music of the Akan people of Ghana. It has been performed at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the College of St. Scholastica.

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Social Media for Musicians Curriculum Project (2021), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell FAHSS Student Assistantship Grant. Lee, C. (Principal)
  • Musicianship & Analysis Supplemental Video Series (2021), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell Hybrid Pedagogy Mini-Grant Gabriel, C. (Co-Principal), Lee, C. (Co-Principal)
  • The EcoSonic Playground Project (2019), Grant - International Society for Music Education Research Grant
    Johnson-Green, E.A. (Principal), Lee, C. (Co-Principal)
  • The EcoSonic Playground Project (2018), Grant - UML Chancellor’s 2020 Community Impact Grant
    Johnson-Green, E.A. (Principal), Lee, C. (Co-Principal)
  • The EcoSonic Playground Project (2017), Grant - University of Massachusetts Sustainability Grant
    Johnson-Green, E.A. (Principal), Lee, C. (Co-Principal), Flannery, M. (Co-Investigator)
  • The EcoSonic Playground Project (2016), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell Chancellor’s 2020 Challenge Grant
    Johnson-Green, E.A. (Principal), Lee, C. (Co-Principal)