Come join the School of Music’s senior class of music majors in bringing on some holiday cheer!
This video project was created as part of their capstone class. The capstone class examines the roles of music in the Christian life and contemporary life in general. Throughout the video, you will see each of the students using the knowledge that they learned from their specific degree to help bring the joys of Christmas to you.
Merry Christmas from the Lee University School of Music!
And congratulations to all of our Fall 2020 graduates!
Happy December! Here at the School of Music we know there’s no better way to get in the holiday spirit than with a little Christmas music! Listen to Away in the Manger by Lee University’s Electric Bass Quartet now!
Featuring the talents of Japheth Varlack, Dolan Sipes, Dave Slack, and Aaron Hayes (from left to right). We hope this unique arrangement of a classic tune puts a smile on your face this holiday season.
Q: Introduce yourself!Where are you from and what are you studying?
A: I’m a Junior Music and Worship Major from Nashville Tennessee. My primary instrument is voice but I’m very involved on campus playing piano as well.
Q: What brought you to Lee?
A: My brother came to Lee so it was always in my mind. The Lee Singers came to my church when I was in high school and I was impressed with their level of musical excellence. I really decided to come to Lee when I auditioned for the School of Music. I was shocked at how friendly the professors are and how much they care about their students well-being.
Q: What ensembles are you involved in?
A: The musical ensembles I’m involved in are Campus Choir and Chorale. I am the music director of Campus Choir and also a member of the Greek Club, Pi Kappa Pi.
Q: What are your career goals for the future?
A: I aspire to become a worship leader that challenges the church to deeper and more meaningful encounters with God. I also want to get my master in Music and Worship following my undergrad. Looking toward the future, I would love to get my doctorate in music and worship studies and eventually become a teacher.
Q: How do you feel the Music & Worship Program at Lee is preparing you for your future as a worship leader?
A: I feel the Music & Worship program is giving the correct tools to become the best worship leader I can be. The school is giving me great resources to excel in the best way possible. My teachers also challenge me to apply every lesson I learn so I can be successful.
Q: Any advice to your freshman self?
A: If I could go back in time and tell my freshman-self anything, it would be to always ask when you need help. The professors are great resources for student development as long as you ask.
Many of Lee’s traveling ensembles have been focusing on recording music this semester and Campus Choir is making great progress on this massive project! Their choral arrangement of O Come, All Ye Faithful has been featured on PraiseCharts.com and the audio is available to listen online. Christmas is right around the corner, so please enjoy their wonderful sound and stay tuned for more from Lee Campus Choir!
Our student spotlight for October is music business, senior, Sydney DeVoe!
Q: Introduce yourself! What are you studying? Where are you from? How did you choose Lee?
A: I am a senior studying Music Business and Jazz Studies with a vocal emphasis from Birmingham, Alabama. I was introduced to Lee by my vocal coaches who are all Lee alum, and they brought me to visit campus for the first time when I was sixteen. I remember feeling an instant peace that I was where I was supposed to be.
Q: What ensembles are you involved in?
A: Since coming to Lee, I jumped right into different ensembles to diversify my musical portfolio. I have spent the past five semesters traveling with the Ladies of Lee and singing with our Small Jazz Ensemble. In the past year I joined Handbells to push myself outside of my comfort zone, and I’m so glad I did! I instantly loved the community and atmosphere within the group to work together to create excellent music.
Q: What was the recording project you worked on?
A: I recently worked on a demo with songwriter Mike Bridges and producer Randy Miller. When I first heard about the project, I coordinated with Mike to learn about his vision for the song, and after I felt confident with the material, I met with Randy in the studio. We ran the song a few times and patched different places to create the best sound possible. I’ve worked in the studio recording background vocals in the past, but it was a completely new experience recording as the solo vocalist. Randy was excellent to work with and even though I walked in fairly nervous, he encouraged and motivated me right from the beginning. We both walked away very proud of the final product.
Q: Are there any specific ways the music business program at Lee has prepared you for this experience?
A: The music business professors here have helped prepare me for opportunities like this by having high accountability and expectations for their students. After graduating, I aspire to create a company invested in writing and producing music to uplift and impact people.I’m so thankful for this experience in my musical and academic journey at Lee!