Baritone Kenneth Lee currently teaches voice as an adjunct Associate Professor of Music at Elon University. Since joining the faculty in 1997, he has served as Coordinator of Vocal Studies, Chair of the Music Department, director of Elon's opera workshop, and music director and conductor for the Performing Arts Program. Previously, Dr. Lee taught on the faculties of Vanderbilt University and Millikin University, where he served as Director of Opera.
Dr. Lee has appeared as a guest artist with such organizations as the Nashville Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, AIMS Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria, Eastman Opera Theatre, Nashville Opera Association and at the national convention of the National Opera Association. He has sung under the baton of the renowned conductors John Rutter, Anshel Brusilow, Kenneth Schermerhorn and David Effron in opera, oratorio, and symphonic vocal works. Dr. Lee performed Mahler’s orchestral song cycle, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, in performances that were choreographed and danced by Rudolf Nureyev and members of the Paris Opera Ballet. Dr. Lee was invited to appear as a recitalist at the Cleveland Art Song Festival, Michigan Music Teachers Association, North Carolina State Music Teachers Association and at the national convention of the Composers Society, Inc. He has appeared in recital and oratorio throughout the US and Europe in cities such as Chicago, Portland, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Florence, Perugia and Livorno He was a featured soloist at the York Minster International Choral Festival in Great Britain. Dr. Lee is featured on the Mark Custom Label CD of the Holsinger Easter Symphony.
Dr. Lee studied voice with Jeannine Crader, Marcia Baldwin, Marion Pratnicki, Sharon Mabry, and in master classes with Arleen Auger, Benjamin Luxon, Gerard Souzay, Dalton Baldwin, and Martin Katz. His coaches include Arlene Shrut, John Wustman, Harold Heiberg, and Kenneth Merrill. At the Eastman School of Music, he studied early music performance practice with Paul O’Dette and Malcom Bilson.