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Christopher Lee

Boston, MA   


I’m a composer, percussionist, audio engineer and teacher based in Boston, Massachusetts. My degrees are from Baldwin-Wallace College, Indiana University, and Rice University, where I held a doctoral fellowship. I’m a recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Award, the Kuttner String Quartet Competition Award, and the Lee Goldstein Memorial Prize in Composition from Baldwin-Wallace College.

I’m a Visiting Lecturer in Musicianship and Analysis at The University of Massachusetts Lowell, where I also serve as lead designer and assistant researcher on the EcoSonic Playground Project team, lead chamber ensembles focused on songwriting and music production, and teach applied percussion. I’m also on the music faculty of The Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and established a songwriting and recording program there in 2014. 

My music has been performed by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the California E.A.R. Unit, Speculum Musicae, the Woodlands Symphony Orchestra, the Rapides Symphony Orchestra, the Rice University Shepherd School of Music Symphony Orchestra, the Omaha Chamber Music Society/Analog Arts Ensemble, flutist Peter Sheridan, the Greater Cleveland Flute Society, FiveOne Experimental Orchestra, the 20/21 Ensemble, VOX, the Kuttner and Enso Quartets, the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony, and the wind ensembles of Baldwin-Wallace College, Ohio University, the University of Alaska, Illinois State University and Texas A&M University.  I’ve also been a featured composer at the MusicX Festival at the University of Cincinnati and The California E.A.R. Unit’s composer seminar at Arcosanti. My electroacoustic music has been featured at the IDEAS Festival of Digital Arts and the LaTex Electroacoustic Music Festival. One of these works, Bounce, has been choreographed by Houston dance artist Nancy Ku. Skywriting for alto flute has been recorded by international soloist Linda Wetherill for the anthology New Music for Solo Alto or Solo Bass Flute, published by Southeast Missouri State University.

In 2015 I launched Pilot House Sound, an online collaborative production studio for independent artists. To date my production credits include the albums Start Anew by Nicolai Carrera and The Celebrators and Come Whatever by Nora Panahi (both available on iTunes, Spotify, and other online retailers). 

In addition to composing, my research activities explore post-1950 music literature and pedagogy, the application of architectural theory to musical form, the influence of pre-tonal music on contemporary composers, analysis of intuitive harmonic, rhythmic and formal structures underlying the creative procedures of contemporary composers, music cognition, musical play and creativity in children, and environmental impact on creativity.

Time and Tide

“Time and Tide” for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion (2006)
Performed by Speculum Musicae

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“Interiors” for orchestra (2008)
Performed by the Rice University Shepherd School of Music Symphony Orchestra

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