Korean American composer, keyboardist, and educator Jae Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea. He is based in New York City where he serves on the faculty of The Juilliard School Pre-College. Lee’s compositions have been performed and commissioned by numerous ensembles including “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Chamber Singers, and Choir of Christ and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. His many awards include the American Prize in Composition, National Association for Music Education Composition Award, and an Honorable Mention and finalist recognition from the ASCAP Morton Gould Awards. He has performed at Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium) as well as the Fox Theatre in Atlanta and his music has been performed in leading concert venues around the country including The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Lee is currently Music Director and Organist of The Episcopal Church of St. Matthew and St. Timothy on the Upper West Side where he accompanies Anglican services in English and Spanish and conducts its professional choir. He was previously the Organist at the historic Riverdale Presbyterian Church.
Graduating with academic honors, Lee received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School where he studied composition with Christopher Rouse. He was a Gluck Community Service Fellow from 2014-2017 and Music Analysis and Theory Teaching Fellow from 2015-2018, working under Eric Ewazen and Wayne Oquin.