Korean-Canadian conductor, music educator, vocal pedagogue and soprano, Jennifer Min-Young Lee, is rapidly establishing herself as an emerging artist in the Toronto music scene.
She currently serves as Associate Conductor of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir where she conducts season concerts and prepares the ensemble for regular appearances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. During 2015/2016 season, she prepared the chorus for TSO in multiple performances including Vaughan William’s Sea Symphony, Handel’s Messiah and Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloe under the baton of world-renowned conductors including Peter Oundjin, Sir Andrew Davis and Juanjo Mena.
As a passionate advocate for music education, she is committed to educating and inspiring young musicians. Since 2007, Jennifer has been employed as a full-time high school music teacher in York Region District School Board. Choral and wind ensembles under her leadership regularly perform at festivals in Canada, United States and Europe.
Committed to choral excellence, Jennifer has worked with the complete spectrum of voices- from children's and youth choirs, university and community choirs, to professional choirs. She was Assistant Conductor of the Bach Chamber Youth Choir for five seasons, as well as the Ontario Youth Choir. In Rochester, she directed numerous ensembles including Aldersgate Methodist Chancel Choir, Repertory Singers, Eastman Chamber Singers, Bach Cantata Series and University of Rochester Women’s Chorus. As a passionate vocal pedagogue, she also maintained a private voice studio as a secondary voice teacher at the Eastman School of Music.
Equally experienced in orchestral conducting, Jennifer made her professional orchestral conducting debut in Toronto with the Orchestra Toronto during the 2015/2016 season, with whom she will continue to serve as Assistant Conductor for upcoming 2016/2017 season. She recently participated at the International Orchestral Conducting Summer Academy and conducted the Ruse Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert in Bulgaria.
In addition to conducting and teaching, she enjoys singing both as a soloist and chorister. As an active soloist, she participates in professional music programs. Jennifer has studied with renowned composers, singers and coaches, including Martin Katz, Rudolph Janson, Craig Smith, Mary Morrison, Rosemary Landry, John Harbison and Jake Heggie to name a few. Her operatic roles include the Spirit and Queen of the Night from Die Zauberflöte, Susanna from Le Nozze di Figaro, Nannetta from Falstaff and Adina from L'Elisir d'Amour. As a chorister, Jennifer sang in numerous ensembles including Exultate Chamber Singers, Eastman Chorale, Repertory Singers, Eastman Rochester Chorus, Schola Cantorum (for weekly compline services), and Collegium Musicum (an early music ensemble specialized in repertoire ranging from the sixteenth to eighteenth-centurey solo cantatas, madrigals, oratorios and operas). She also sang with Voices, a professional ensemble based in Rochester, New York.
Jennifer Min-Young Lee holds a Master of Music degree in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, where she studied choral conducting with Dr. William Weinert and orchestral conducting with Brad Lubman. In addition to conducting, she studied voice and completed graduate vocal pedagogy studies under the tutelage of Robert McIver. Jennifer Min-Young Lee holds Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees from the University of Western Ontario, London, with additional studies at the University of Toronto. Outside of formal training, Jennifer has served as a conducting fellow for the Allegra International Orchestral Conducting Institute in Bulgaria, Yale School of Music Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Eastman Advanced Conducting Institute, Orchestra Toronto Apprentice Program, and Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute. She has studied conducting with Johannes Schlaefli, James Lowe, Joseph Flummerfelt, Simon Carrington, Hilary Apfelstadt, Noel Edison, Mark Scatterday, Neil Varon, Timothy Reynish and Craig Kirchoff.
For upcoming 16/17 season, she will appear as a guest clinician/conductor for the University of Toronto Community Conductor’s Symposium and TMC’s Singsation Saturday, in addition to her regular appearances with both Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and Orchestra Toronto.