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
February 22, 2019