Annual “A Classic Christmas” Concert

We are delighted to announce that Lee University and the Bank of Cleveland will be presenting the annual A Classic Christmas concert in just a few short weeks! The performance will take place in the Conn Center on Sunday, December 5th at 3:00pm and will feature many Lee University music ensembles as well as Lee University School of Music faculty. We hope you’ll join us for this joyful holiday event! See details and FAQs below.

Tis’ the season!

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 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.