Christy Lee

Christy Lee
Christy Lee continues to lead a diverse career as a collaborative pianist, chamber musician, vocal coach, conductor and educator.  She currently is a faculty member at the College of The Bahamas where she has been an Assistant Professor of Music since 2008.  In addition to having directed the College Concert Choir and Chamber Ensemble, she teaches piano, aural skills, world music, choral conducting and 20th Century music history.  

Along with COB colleagues Christine Gangelhoff and Christian Justilien, she is a founding member of C Force, the premiere chamber group of the College of The Bahamas.  Since their inception four years ago,  this innovative ensemble has been been offering a unique approach to the concept of chamber music by specializing in performances of Caribbean art music.  Their repertoire includes traditional types of Classical music as well as arrangements and original compositions from a wide variety of Caribbean composers.  They are quickly gaining popularity in the Caribbean region through their recent performances in the Dominican Republic, St. Croix, and Trinidad as well as throughout The Bahamas.  Their first CD, Tchaka Mizik, was produced at the world-renowned Compass Point Studios in Nassau and released in 2010.  Hailed by Jamican-born pianist Paul Shaw as “Sheer Magic!,” this CD is a reflection of C Force’s unique fusion of cultures and styles.  

In the world of opera, Dr. Lee has worked as pianist, coach, and assistant conductor at Opera Memphis, Chattanooga Opera, Pensacola Opera, Cleveland Opera, Knoxville Opera, Crested Butte Music Festival, Lake Placid International Voice Seminar, Pine Mountain Music Festival, and Dorian Opera Theatre, as well as working regularly as Music Director for the Harrower Summer Opera Workshop (Atlanta, GA) and as Principal Coach for the Imperial Symphony Orchestra (Lakeland, FL).  She made her conducting debut in Mozart, Flute of Heaven while serving as Music Director for the Vocal Arts Apprentice Program of Lyric Opera Cleveland in its 1996 Festival Season.  She has also served on the musical staff of Voci nel Montefeltro, an opera training program located in Novafeltria, Italy, assisting in such productions as Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and Verdi’s Falstaff and performing in recital in a variety of venues across the Marche region of Italy.

Active as a recitalist and a chamber musician, Dr. Lee is equally comfortable in collaboration with instrumentalists as with vocalists.  She has appeared in concert throughout the US, the Caribbean, and Europe.  Recent performances have been with Stanford Olsen, tenor, with the Nassau Music Society and with cellist Kenneth Law at the Grand Bahamas Performing Arts Society.  Other recordings include “Belgian music for Cello and Piano” with cellist Wesley Baldwin (Centaur label) and “Broadway Baby,” a collaboration with soprano Dalia Feldman produced as a fundraising project for young Bahamian musicians.  

Dr. Lee was Director of Accompanying and Music Director of UT Opera Theater and the Knoxville Opera Studio at The University of Tennessee for seven years, and in addition she has held academic appointments at Lincoln Memorial University, The Cleveland Institute of Music, Encore School for Strings, Delta State University, and Florida State University.  She was recently honored with the Brooks Smith Outstanding Alumni in Collaborative Piano Award from The Cleveland Institute of Music.  Lee appears regularly as a clinician in the United States and throughout the islands of The Bahamas and in May of 2012 had the pleasure of being a translator and vocal coach for the inaugural US/Cuba Choral Summit in Havana, Cuba. 
Dr. Lee holds the DM in Accompanying and Chamber Music from Florida State University where she was the recipient of the prestigious University Fellowship.  She received the Bachelor of Music degree, magna cum laude, in piano performance from The University of Alabama and the Master of Music degree in collaborative piano from The Cleveland Institute of Music, where she was the recipient of the first Madame Gwendolyn Koldofsky Accompanying Award.  She made her orchestral debut with the Jackson (Tennessee)  Symphony Orchestra as winner of the 1988 Mid-South Piano Concerto Competition.  Originally from Starkville, Mississippi, Dr. Lee currently resides in Nassau on the island of New Providence in The Bahamas.