November Student Spotlight: Mary Nerren

Meet our next spotlight, Mary Nerren! Mary is a senior Piano Performance major from Johnson City, Tennessee. She has been involved in several ensembles, including Lee Singers, Wind Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra. Over the next month, we’ll get to know a little more about her.

First, we asked her what drew her to Lee. She said, “My grandfather taught at Lee for several years and spoke very highly about the school, so I have known about it from a young age.  I came to the International Piano Competition and Festival when I was a Junior in high school, and after interacting with the piano faculty and experiencing life on campus, I knew I wanted to apply!”

Thanks Mary!

School of Music Welcomes Alumna Caitlin Moore, Mezzo-Soprano

Join mezzo-soprano Caitlin Moore and the Lee University School of Music faculty performers of the Performing Arts Series on Monday, October 25th and Tuesday, October 26th for a two-day event featuring a diverse recital program and social media marketing session.

A 2012 Lee University School of Music vocal performance graduate, Caitlin Moore is a vocal performer, vocal pedagogue, professor of higher education, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Arts in voice performance with a secondary in voice pedagogy at the University of Northern Colorado. Caitlin has appeared on stage in both operatic and recital contexts, regularly delivers masterclasses and workshops, and keeps an ongoing private studio delivered in-person and virtually. Upcoming engagements include Fiona in Brigadoon with Loveland Opera Theatre and La bergère, La chatte, and L’écureuil in L’Enfant et les sortilèges with Boulder Opera Company.

The recital on Monday, October 25th is ticked, but free of charge. The social media marketing session on Tuesday, October 26th is not ticketed and is free of charge. Tickets can be reserved at here.

School of Music Student to Premiere New Composition

The Lee Trio will present its fall concert on October 18th at 7:30pm in Squires Recital Hall. The trio was formed in 2017 by School of Music faculty members who desire cross-cultural unity through music and who serve as artistic ambassadors for music between the United States and Asia. Presenting in this season’s trio will be Xiaoqing Yu, violin; Theodore Kartal, cello; and Muen Wei, piano.

The trio’s upcoming concert includes a uniquely commissioned piece entitled “Behind the Mask” composed by senior music major Noah Constance. The composition was written to reflect the tumultuous aspects of the Coronavirus pandemic over the past year and a half. “At times it is fearful, and at other times it is hopeful for a better future, a light at the end of the tunnel,” explained Constance. “The piece is a ‘back and forth’ of these ideas, ending with uncertainty, like a question of ‘what’s going to happen next?'” The various facets of the past year have undoubtedly inspired artists of all enthusiasms toward new creations in the wake of the difficulty that the world has come through.

The Lee University School of Music is proud to premiere new works by both faculty and students on campus on an ongoing basis, and encourages creativity and collaboration. “Noah is a gifted and talented student, and we are thrilled to share this terrific new composition with the community,” stated Mr. Xiaoqing Yu, Lee violin professor and Lee Trio member, in a recent press release. The Lee University School of Music offers an emphasis in composition at both the undergraduate and graduate levels for students who are interested in pursuing music composition at a higher level.

The Lee Trio concert is free, non-ticketed, and is open to the public. This event will also be available via Livestream.