C. Kenneth Lee
Substitute Faculty of The CalArts CAP Pre-College Voice Program
B.F.A California Institute of the Arts
C. Kenneth Lee has been hailed by The Hong Kong Economic Journal 信報 as "a young musical prodigy...he frequently visits the elderly home and entertains them with music and warmth...must thank him for giving them music therapy and hope." Lee is a 2008 ASCAP Morton Gould Composer Award Finalist, recipient of The 2005 California Institute of Music's "Creative Student Leadership Award", an honorable mention recipient from 2006 Save Me a Spot in College Visual & Performing Arts Scholarship Contest and a 2009 Cal Arts Capitol Records / EMI Jazz CD project Contest Nominated Asian Classical-Crossover/Film Composer. He is a pianist, actor, former chapter vice-president of Best Buddies International and 2007 Torrey Pines Idol Contest Finalist classically trained singer.Lee is currently a substitute faculty of California Institute of the Arts Pre-College Voice Program. Lee has taught kindergarten at The TPHS Kindergarten from 2005-2006 (certified by The San Dieguito High School Union District), started a music therapy class for the TPHS Special Ed. Department (2005-2007) with school pathologist at The Torrey Pines High School in San Diego and did an internship in Hong Kong at F.O.C.U.S (a well-known non-profit Organization to help children with A.D.H.D, Dyslexia and other learning disabilities). Lee was a nominated candidate for the 2010 election for senator of Walt Disney’s CalArts Herb Alpert School of Music that ended in a TIE. Lee has been sponsored to have his own solo concerts in USA such as Beverly Hills Aqua Lounge, Genghis Cohen.etc, Australia such as St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, Hong Kong such as THE HONG KONG GRAND HYATT HOTEL, THE HK MIRA HOTEL, THE HK ROYAL GARDEN HOTEL, The HK Skylark Lounge, HK Backstage Live .etc),and PRINCESS CRUISES. Apart from collaborating with many bands and choirs; and having released 4 solo CDs of his original compositions on iTUNES, AMAZON, NAPSTER, RHAPSODY, and other mp3 venders, Lee sang & acted in several lead and supporting roles that included being a member of The Original US West Coast Opera Cast of Iannis Xenakis' only opera, (2010) ORESTEIA, and a member of The Los Angeles Original Musical Cast with MEREDITH MONK in (2008)SONGS OF ASCENSION that toured at redcat in The Walt Disney Concert Hall. Lee has worked musically with and assisted with artists like LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, David Rosenboom, Carlsbad Music Festival, California EAR Unit, Vicky Fung, Katie Geissinger, and other groups and artists in the U.S and in Hong Kong. Lee has studied piano with an alumni from The Julliard School, an alumni from The Eastman School of Music, and faculties at California Institute of the Arts. Lee studied music composition at Northwestern University's National High School Music Institute, The Walnut Hill School, & received his Bachelors degree in music composition at California Institute of the Arts. Lee has studied composition/worked with Augusta Read Thomas, Morton Subotnick, William Powell (Julliard School Alumni ’70), Steve Hoey, David Rosenboom, Wolfgang Von Schweinitz, Matt McBane, Michael Pisaro, Barry Schrader, Rob Wannamaker.etc, and studied voice with Angela Gooch, Alla Markovich, Jimmy Chan.etc. Lee is the founder and the first president of CMTC (The Cal Arts Musical Theater Club).
Lee’s first orchestrated song “Everyday” was chosen for FOX ENTERTAINMENT GROUP SPONSORED “The 2009 Independent Asian Pacific Islander Performing Artists and Writers Festival” in Los Angeles. Lee and his music has also been featured in several newspapers (Hong Kong Economic journal, East West Magazine, Del Mar Village Voice. etc) and on radio broadcasts from the USA(ex: UCLA radio), United Kingdom(ex: Tempo FM 107.4, and Australia(ex: 2 CR Radio Network). Lee was nominated and almost recorded for Capitol Records/EMI.
"...I think his music is pretty, cool and catchy..."
- Colin Bates (one of the original BILLY ELLIOT actors on The London Broadway Musical )
"It's a pleasure to hear his great music..."
-Jeff Marder (associate conductor of The Los Angeles Broadway Musical "WICKED")
"...I've heard his stuff, I think it's pretty magical..."
-Henry Lee Hopper (Academy "OSCAR" Award Nominated actor Dennis Hopper's Actor Son)
“…his music has great diversity of styles from classical to experimental…”
-Matt McBane (composer, conductor and founding director of The Carlsbad Music Festival)
"...Thank you, Lee!"
- Calpernia Addams (American Transgender Actress, author, activist & author)
(for Lee portrayal of Addams in both (2009)"The Vagina Monologues" and Lee's youtube short film tribute (2009)"Portraying Calpernia")
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