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Welcome to the LeeU Music Connect page! Feel free to look around to get a better understanding of our wonderful Lee School of Music culture, as well as our hometown Cleveland, Tennessee.

You can expect to find information regarding:

  • School of Music Audition Registration and Guidelines
  • Programs of study
  • Upcoming Performances
  • Student Life
  • Local Cuisine and Entertainment

LEE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MUSIC 2021-22 AUDITION DATES

  • November 13, 2021
  • January 8, 2022
  • February 19, 2022
  • March 19, 2022
  • April 2, 2022
  • MUSIC CAMP 2022! Register HERE!
  • 2022-23 Dates Coming Soon!

Interested in becoming a Music Major? Click HERE to register for your audition.


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Lee University to host first in-person Lee Day since 2019

Lee University and the School of Music are proud to cooperate on the first in-person Lee Day since 2019 and the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic. Lee Day is the campus’s largest and best attended promotional day of the year, bringing in hundreds of students and families to campus for student life events, music festivals, theatre productions, and information sessions for incoming Lee students. The much-anticipated Lee Day 2022 will be held on April 1-2, 2022 and will be hosted in cooperation with Lee University School of Music auditions for incoming music students as well as an exciting weekend of music programming, including the opening of Tuck Everlasting produced in cooperation with Lee University Theatre.

Lee University COVID-19 Taskforce team made a quick shift to the virtual platform for Lee Day in 2020 as the Coronavirus halted all on-campus activities, creating the temporary yet successful Lee Day Live event which was in effect through 2021. The university’s public relations and recruitment teams are excited and anticipatory for a successful reemergence of the in-person Lee Day experience for current students and visiting families alike. Registration is open online for all students HERE. Students interested in auditioning for degree programs in music must pre-register for an audition HERE.

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School of Music Clarinet Studio to Host Clarinet Day

On February 19th, middle and high school clarinet students will have the opportunity to visit campus and engage in masterclasses, breakout sessions, workshops, and even play in an ensemble format with high level instructors represented by the Lee University School of Music. Students will rehearse, workshop music, perform in masterclass contexts for instructors beginning at 8:30am and learn through the afternoon and into the evening until their culminating Clarinet Choir performance and an opportunity to attend a faculty recital at the end of the day. This inaugural year of Lee University Clarinet Day is coordinated by Dr. Amy Humberd, instructor of clarinet at Lee University.

Early bird registration for students is $15 and late registration is $20. The registration price includes lunch and a t-shirt. Students may register HERE. For additional help registering or for further questions, contact Amy Humberd at ahumberd@leeuniversity.edu.

To receive further updates on the Lee University Clarinet Studio, follow the studio page on Facebook @leeuclarinet.

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LeeU SOM Honors Dr. Muen Vanessa Wei as February Faculty Spotlight

Each month, the Lee University School of Music highlights a faculty member, student, or alumni on social media platforms to feature exciting aspects of their professional and academic lives as well as their lives as musicians both now and moving forward. This month, the School of Music is proud to host Dr. Muen Vanessa Wei, piano, for the February Q&A! Read below for the full transcript.

Q: Tell us a little about yourself: where you’re from, your educational background, musical experience, etc.

I’m from a small island, Gulangyu, off the coast of southeastern China. The island is named “the island of piano” for its classical music culture brought by the Christian missionaries in the early 1900s. I started playing the piano when I was 4. At age 15, I moved to Beijing to study at the China Conservatory. I got my Masters degree from Cleveland Institute of Music and later my doctorate degree from University of Illinois.

Q: How did you hear about Lee University, and what do you teach in the School of Music?

I saw Lee University’s job opening at the higher Ed recruitment website. I teach piano lessons to all piano major students and coach chamber music groups.

Q: Tell us all about your work in the piano studio and your performance with the Lee Trio! How does your work with each differ and what makes the experiences unique to each other?

When my students come to my studio for a lesson, they perform for me and I give my comments based on their performance. I am more like a musical doctor and make a diagnosis about what they did well and what might not work so well. With the Lee Trio we meet twice every week for rehearsals. We play some standard trio repertoires as well as exploring new trio repertoires. It’s a great collaboration and I enjoy making music with my friends Xiaoqing and Theodore.

Q: How do you think teaching students impacts your musicianship as a performer?

I think when I am teaching them, they teach me as well. When I teach, I am able to stand back and listen more. I also need to explain the music and make the students understand. All those aspects benefit me greatly as a performer.

Q: Do you have any advice to pass along to music students?

Techniques are just a vehicle to make music. Don’t get obsessed with the technique and forget the music. 

Q: Any favorite memories of your music career?

My favorite moments are always when I make music with great musicians.

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Keep an eye out for Dr. Wei’s words on her life as a musician on our social media platforms throughout the month of February! You can follow us via the following handles:

Instagram: @LeeUMusic

Facebook: @LeeUSOM

Twitter: @LeeUSOM

Be sure to use our hashtags! #leeusom #musicwithpurpose

Advent Now! to present Christmas concert

Lee University Chamber group Advent Now! directed by Dr. Austin Patty will present a Christmas music event in the Chapel on campus at 7:30pm on Tuesday, December 14. Each winter, Advent Now! travels to Japan to tour, perform, and minister across the country. Due to complications caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, the group was not able to travel this year. However, they bring this Christmas event to the Cleveland community this year in order to spread the word locally about what they do as well as to record a full video to send to each community in Japan that would have experienced their music in person.

The group is comprised of both vocal and instrumental students, most of them Lee University music majors, who perform at high levels and are experienced in performing in a variety of venues. Dr. Austin Patty also performs on violin in the ensemble. This concert will present many different styles of music in celebration of the season and showcasing what the ensemble performs while touring.

The concert is open to the community and is free of charge, but donations are welcome. The proceeds collected will go toward the Advent Now! December 2022 Japan trip.

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