Josephine Lee

Acclaimed artist and global visionary Josephine Lee serves as the President and Artistic Director of Chicago Children’s Choir (CCC), where she has revolutionized the field of youth choral music through cutting-edge performances of diverse repertoire and innovative collaborations with world-class artists. Through her vision and leadership, Ms. Lee has established CCC as one of Chicago’s premier cultural institutions, solidifying partnerships with renowned arts organizations, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Ravinia Festival and directing new works that capture the pulse of contemporary life in the global age. Recent projects include a revival of the original world musical Sita Ram at the Harris Theater (2012) with David Kersnar of Lookingglass Theatre and Natya Dance Theatre, as well as a fully staged theatrical work with the Q Brothers, to premiere in March 2017, with set design by Hebru Brantley.

As a classically trained musician and the daughter of Korean immigrants – one from the North and one from the South – Ms. Lee has dedicated her career to fostering intercultural understanding through musical excellence, empowering CCC singers to become global citizens. In 2008, through a grant from the MacArthur Foundation International Connections Fund, Ms. Lee led a tour to the Republic of Korea, where CCC became the first non-Korean civilian group to be granted permission to enter the Yeolsei Observation Platform in the Demilitarized Zone. Ms. Lee has also led tours to South Africa (2014), in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the fall of Apartheid; New York City and Washington DC (2015), which included a performance with the Jerusalem Youth Chorus, together with the Young Peoples Chorus of New York; and Cuba (June 2016).

In recognition of her leadership of Chicago Children’s Choir, Ms. Lee received the Roman Nomitch Fellowship in 2012 to attend the Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management program and was awarded the Jesse L. Rosenberger Medal in 2014 from the University of Chicago. Ms. Lee was recently featured in “The Transformative Power of Music,” a segment on Oprah Winfrey Network’s acclaimed show, Super Soul Sunday. Ms. Lee holds a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from DePaul University and a master’s degree in conducting from Northwestern University.


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