The Korean-Canadian conductor and soprano, Jennifer Min-Young Lee, obtained Ontario Secondary School Graduate Diploma from Earl Haig Secondary School, North York, Ontario (1997-2001; The Claude Watson Art Program for vocal performance); her Bachelor of Music degree with Honors (2001-2005) and Bachelor of Education degree (2005-2006) from the University of Western Ontario, London. She completed a Master of Music degree in Conducting at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester (2012-2014), where she studied choral conducting with William Weinert and orchestral conducting with Brad Lubman. In addition to conducting, she continued studying voice and completed graduate vocal pedagogy studies under the tutelage of Robert McIver. She worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for both conducting and voice departments.
As an active conductor, music educator and singer, Jennifer Min-Young Lee maintains a diverse range of musical activities in the greater Toronto area. She is currently in her seventh year teaching and directing choral music and wind ensemble in York Region. Her choral, wind and jazz ensembles regularly perform at festivals in Canada, USAs and Europe. Her passion and dedication toward child and youth education led her to work with the Bach Children’s Chorus/Bach Chamber Youth Choir for five seasons and the Ontario Youth Choir for its 2011 season as an assistant conductor.
In recognizing her experiences as a conductor, Jennifer Min-Young Lee has participated voraciously in numerous international and national choral/wind/orchestral conducting symposiums and master-classes working with distinguished conductors such as Joseph Flummerfelt, Simon Carrington, Hilary Apfelstadt, Noel Edison, Mark Scatterday, Neil Varon, Timothy Reynish and Craig Kirchoff. In 2013, she has been selected as one of emerging conductors to work with the Elora Festival Singers and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir in Toronto. Past few Summers, she got invited to participate at the Norfolk Conducting Institute,Yale School of Music to work with Simon Carrington, Norfolk Chamber Singers and Orchestra.
In addition to conducting and teaching, Jennifer Min-Young Lee enjoys singing both as a soloist and chorister. As an active soloist, she participated in professional music programs studying with renowned composers, singers and coaches including Martin Katz, Rudolph Janson, Craig Smith, Mary Morrison, Rosemarie Landry, John Harbison and Jake Heggie to name a few. Her operatic roles include the Spirit and Queen of the Night in W.A. Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Susanna in W.A. Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Nannetta in Falstaff and Adina in L'Elisir d'Amour. She sings in professional ensembles and regularly performs as a soprano soloist in Toronto.
At Eastman, Jennifer sang in numerous ensembles including Eastman Chorale, Eastman Repertory Singers, Eastman-Rochester Chorus, Schola Cantorum for weekly compline services and Collegium Musicum, an early music ensemble specialized in repertoire ranging from the 16th to 18th centuries solo cantatas, madrigals, oratorios and operas. She directed the Eastman Repertory Singers, Eastman Chamber Singers, Eastman School of Music: Bach Cantata Series and Women's Chorus. In addition to school responsibilities, she served as a music director at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Rochester. As a passionate vocal pedagogue, she has also taught voice lessons to Eastman and University of Rochester undergraduate students as a secondary voice teacher.
During 2014-2015 season, Jennifer sang with the Exultate Chamber Singers and worked with the Orchestra Toronto as an apprentice conductor. Fall of 2015, she has joined the artistic team of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir as associate conductor where she will be holding the position for the next two seasons. During her tenure, she will be working closely with Artistic Director Noel Edison and will conduct the choir in rehearsal and in concert.