THROUGH THE MANGROVE TUNNELS

Inspired by his experiences growing up exploring the swamps and bayous of Florida, Lee’s debut album features the JACK Quartet, Steven Beck, and Russell Lacy performing eight genre-straddling movements.

LEE NAMED 2020 CULTIVATE FELLOW

Lee has been commissioned to compose a new work for CULTIVATE 2020, Copland House’s acclaimed, annual emerging composers institute that takes place at Aaron Copland’s National Historic Landmark home.

TANGLEWOOD PREMIERE

Slack Tide, a Tanglewood commission for symphonic brass ensemble and percussion, was premiered in Seiji Ozawa Hall as part of the Brass and Percussion Extravaganza Concert on June 30th, 2019.

October 25, 2020

Commissioned by the Florida State Music Teachers Association, Lee’s new work for solo cello, A certain slant of light, was premiered online as a video performance by his wife, cellist Emily Austin Smith, during a general session of the FSMTA annual conference. After his initial nomination for the award, Lee was selected as the FSMTA 2020 Commissioned Composer upon submitting a portfolio of compositions. Following the premiere, the commissioned work will be considered for recognition at the national level. A panel of composers will evaluate states’ commissioned compositions in order to select the MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year.

August 31, 2020

As part of their #WHAT2020SOUNDSLIKE project, the new music piano duo HOCKET commissioned Lee to write a miniature work to be premiered online as a performance video. In commissioning 50 composers to write miniatures for their project, HOCKET aims to give composers a platform to voice their responses to the momentuous events of this year. Lee's miniature, Dog Daze is one minute long and features piano, toy piano, and melodica in a lazy, plodding groove. Watch the video at the link below.

June 3, 2020

Invited for a residency by the Hermitage’s National Curatorial Council, Lee will spend four weeks over the next two years at the Hermitage Artist Retreat working on new projects and sharing his work with community members and fellow artists. Located on the Gulf near Sarasota, artists work in historic beach houses on the water’s edge.

November 19, 2019

Lee was nominated for consideration to be the Florida State Music Teachers Association’s 2020 Commissioned Composer, and upon submitting a portfolio of compositions, was selected for the award. His commissioned chamber work will be premiered at the 2020 FSMTA Conference, and will then be considered for recognition at the national level. A panel of composers will evaluate states’ commissioned compositions in order to select the MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year.

March 1, 2019

The Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra has named Lee Composer in Residence for their 2019-20 season. The Residency includes a commission for the ensemble to be premiered in May 2020 along with multiple visits to work with the students.

February 22, 2019

Lee has been appointed Assistant Professor of Composition at the University of Florida School of Music. He will begin teaching in the Fall of 2019, giving composition lessons as well as teaching courses in composition and electronic music.