Conductor Sun Min Lee has been the Robert Cutler Professor of Practice in Choral Arts at Lehigh University since 2012, which carries a variety of duties: she is the director of the women’s choir Dolce, an associate conductor of Lehigh Choral Arts, teacher of aural skills for both beginners and advanced musicians, and overseer of the voice program. Last spring under her direction, Dolce performed in Hawaii as a part of the Lehigh Choral Arts Concert Tour.
Prior to the position at Lehigh, Ms. Lee served as an assistant professor of choral conducting at Rider University’s Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. In addition to teaching conducting courses for both undergraduate and graduate students, she was the director of the Westminster Chapel Choir and the Rider University Chorale. Under her direction, the Chapel Choir made its debut in Carnegie Hall in 2010 and the Westminster Symphonic Choir performed in St. John Divine Church in New York City.
During her residency at Westminster Choir College, Ms. Lee has also collaborated with many renowned guest conductors, including Anton Armstrong, Stephen Paulus, Kathy Romey, Dale Warland, Mark Laycock, Fernando Raucci, Peter Bagley, and Lorin Maazel, with whom the Symphonic Choir performed Mozart’s Coronation Mass with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in 2006.
Constantly in demand as a guest conductor and a clinician, she has appeared with numerous all-state choirs, county festival honors choirs, conducting workshops, and master classes. Her highlights include conducting the Bucks County Senior High School Festival Choir, Long Island All-County High School Festival Choir, Baltimore County Public High School Honors Choir, Tennessee All-State Women’s Chorale, North Carolina High School Honors Chorus, and most recently, the Delaware All-State Women’s Chorus.
Since the fall of 2011, Ms. Lee has been the associate conductor of Masterwork Chorus, one of the leading community choruses in New Jersey, as well as the director of its semi-professional chamber choir, Masterwork Camerata. In the last two years, she prepared the chorus for performances with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Constantine Kitsopoulos. As a church musician, she has served in many churches as a conductor, pianist, and organist.
Ms. Lee holds a Bachelor of Church Music degree from the Presbyterian College and Theological Seminary in her native South Korea and an advanced diploma in Kodály’s music pedagogy from the Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary. She received a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting with distinction from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, where she was the recipient of the Currin Foundation Scholarship. Ms. Lee also has pursued doctoral studies in conducting at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. From 2001 to 2003, she was on the conducting faculty at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. Ms. Lee is privileged to have studied with Chang Hoon Park, Peter Erdei, Joseph Flummerfelt, Andrew Megill, and William Weinert.