Founding Artistic Director, Sister Cities Girlchoir
A classically trained mezzo-soprano, Alysia Lee is a versatile performer who is equally at home on the operatic and concert stage. She holds operatic credits with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Pocket Opera of New York, Colorado Vocal Arts, Peabody Opera Theater, Baltimore Concert Opera, Piedmont Opera Company, and the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater. Alysia is a graduate of Peabody Conservatory.
Prior to the Sistema Fellows Program, Alysia was Executive Director of Opus Nine Ensemble, an instrumental and vocal chamber music ensemble based in NYC. In addition to a full touring concert season, the Ensemble regularly offered free educational and community concerts. Alysia maintained an active voice studio at the Bloomingdale School of Music, a community music school in NYC. For three seasons, she was a Music Teaching Artist with the renowned Orchestra of St. Luke's, bringing classical music into classrooms in the Bronx and Harlem. Always excited to create dynamic musical experiences to meet students’ needs, Alysia served a three-year term as the Artistic Director of the Music in Charter Schools Festival, a two-day festival for student musicians in Philadelphia.
Alysia also has extensive fundraising and nonprofit development experience. As the Associate Development Director of Harlem Academy, an innovative education model recently awarded the NY Times Nonprofit Excellence Award, Alysia doubled special events income through her initiatives. As a member of the Young Audiences New York development team, Alysia doubled attendance and earned revenue at cultivation events. She is sought after as a fundraising consultant by nonprofits for her special events and individual giving campaign success.
Inspired by El Sistema, Sister Cities Girlchoir (SCG) is the girl empowerment choral academy serving girls in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland. SCG builds communities of music makers that empower girls to occupy their unique advantage in transforming our world. SCG provides an all-girl learning environment and safe space offering a tuition-free music education program with a shared bottom line of musical excellence and positive youth development. Students build vocal technique, musicianship, and showmanship in addition to critical soft skills for school and life success.
Students spend three hours a week in SCG programming, and SCG currently employs eight teaching artists. SCG performs throughout their community and have given audience to former President George Bush and the Honorary Blondell Reynolds Brown. The girls have sung side-by-side with professional artists from Opera Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Singers, and Broadway Dreams. SCG is a founding member of El Sistema New Jersey Alliance.
Photo: Joseph Kaczmarek