Mark Lee's earliest musical training was rooted in the American sacred music traditions of the mid-western United States. These early experiences instilled in him a deep awareness of the importance of the human voice in expressing emotion and creativity, and of the tremendous power of the voice in communicating that which is both universal and ineffable. Formal music training followed at Central Missouri State University, the Conservatoire National de Region de Nice (France), culminating in a Master's Degree at the New England Conservatory of Music. Additional training has included study at Oberlin Conservatory, extensive work with practitioners involved in Estill voice research, and collaboration with Boston medical professionals in the care and traning of the professional voice.
Much of Lee's work as a voice teacher has focused on integrating discoveries from emerging voice science with traditional vocal techniques, and allowing the contrast of these fields to sharpen our focus on the most efficient and healthy methods of traning singers. This has been partiularly useful in refining methods of training the male voice (and especially the tenor voice) and musical theater singing styles (including authentic "belt"). Lee has been a strong advocate of teacher training programs that serve to assist singers of all styles of music in identifying and preventing vocal dysfunction, and promoting vocal health and longevity. Further work has involved understanding the impact of the adrenaline state on performance and music reading skills, and designing training methods to mitigate its influence.
Students of Mr. Lee have been featured in various Professional, Collegiate and Community productions, including venues such as North Shore Music Theater (Beverly, MA) and the "GLEE" television series. Students have been accepted for admission at schools including Berklee College of Music, Boston Conservatory, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Eastman School of Music, Hartt School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and New England Conservatory, as well as the University of Michigan Summer Musical Theater Workshop.
M.M. (New England Conservatory), B.M.E. (Central Missouri State University), Additional studies at the Conservatoire National de Nice, France and Oberlin Conservatory. Studies with Mark Pearson, Remy Corazza, Claudette Corazza, Conan Jennings Castle; Masterclasses with Yolanda Marculescu, Darlene Kliewer, Berton Coffin; Direction by Bodo Igesz, John Moriarty; coachings with Angela Vanstory, Maro Garrett; Faculty, New England Conservatory (Preparatory and Continuing Education); Past Director, Indian Hill Music School. Past Board Member, National Association of Teachers of Singning-Boston.
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