Eastman - Rochester New Horizons Music
The Birthplace of New Horizons. Founded in 1991 by Dr. Roy Ernst, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY
An active teacher, conductor, church musician, and collaborator, LEE WRIGHT maintains a diverse range of musical activities in the greater Rochester, New York area. Originally from San Juan Capistrano, California, Lee came to Rochester to attend the Eastman School of Music. In 2003 he completed a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance with high distinction as well as the Sacred Music Diploma with David Higgs. In 2011 he received a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Ithaca College, and is currently a doctoral candidate at the Eastman School of Music in Choral Conducting, studying with Dr. William Weinert. In his first year of doctoral study, Lee was a nominee for the prestigious Grau Musicology Fellowship for a paper on the sacred choral music of Francis Poulenc. Prior to attending Eastman, Lee graduated with high honors from the Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, Michigan, where he studied piano and organ. He previously attended Interlochen Arts Camp, where he studied piano, organ, violin, and conducting. This past spring, Lee conducted the Monroe All-County High School Honor Choir for a performance in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater. This December, he will conduct the 200 voice Eastman-Rochester Chorus and the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Dvorak’s Te Deum and Johannes Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody.
In addition to his post as conductor of the New Horizons Orchestra, Lee serves as Director of Music Ministry at Downtown United Presbyterian Church in Rochester, where he oversees a dynamic ministry, including extensive arts offerings through the Downtown Arts Link series, a post he has held since 2004. From 2009-2013, Lee conducted the Rochester-based chamber choir, Madrigalia. Before leading Madrigalia, Lee served as Artistic Director for the Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus and was a charter member of the Christ Church Schola Cantorum. In 2008, Lee won first place in the National Association of Negro Musicians organ scholarship competition.