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Dr. Steven Sametz

Dr. Steven Sametz

Director

Composer-conductor Steven Sametz is the Ronald J. Ulrich Professor of Music at Lehigh University and serves as the Artistic Director of the professional a cappella ensemble, The Princeton Singers.

Dr. Sametz is the Founding Director of the Lehigh University Choral Union and the Lehigh University-American Choral Directors Association Summer Choral Composers’ Forum. He is active as a clinician, adjudicating national composition competitions and conducting all-state choirs and is currently the Chair of the ACDA Composition Advisory Committee. His works are published through this website, E.C. Schirmer, Oxford University Press, Walton Music, and GIA. Dr. Sametz holds degrees from Yale University, the Frankfurt Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Professor Sun Min Lee

Director

Sun Min Lee is the Robert Cutler Endowed Professor of Practice at Lehigh University where she is the Director of Lehigh University Choral Arts and the Director of the women’s choir, Dolce, since 2012. This semester, Dolce, under her leadership, performed at the 4th annual Lehigh Women’s Gala Concert “Raise Your Voice”, New York City’s Lincoln Center, and the Kirkland Village of Bethlehem, where the performance was described as “captivating” and “powerful”. With Lehigh Choral Arts and Dolce, she has performed numerous concerts on campus and in tours to Hawaii, Italy, and Spain. She has also conducted choral-orchestral repertoire, including Beethoven’s Mass in C and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music. In addition to directing choirs, Ms. Lee teaches aural skills and oversees the voice program at Lehigh. One of her achievements at Lehigh was the commission and performance in 2016 of “I Rise: Women in Song”, a choral-orchestral work for women’s choir and orchestra written by one of America’s leading composers, Reena Esmail, as a celebration of Dolce’s 10th Anniversary and 45 years of women’s admission at Lehigh University.

 

Prior to joining Lehigh, Ms. Lee was on the conducting faculty at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. Under her direction, the Chapel Choir made its debut at Carnegie Hall in 2008 and her choirs collaborated with many renowned conductors, including Anton Armstrong, Stephen Paulus, Kathy Romey, Dale Warland, Peter Bagley, Andrew Megill, Joseph Flummerfelt, and Lorin Maazel. Known as a passionate and inspiring pedagogue, she has appeared as a guest conductor and clinician for all-state high school festival and honors choirs, conducting workshops, and masterclasses in United States, South Korea, and Hungary. Ms. Lee has directed various community choruses and church choirs, including the Masterwork Chorus and Camerata of New Jersey. Currently, she is the special music director at Praise Presbyterian Church in Somerset, New Jersey; her church choir recently made its debut at Carnegie Hall. She studied church music at the Presbyterian College and Theological Seminary in South Korea, music pedagogy at the Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary, and choral conducting at both Westminster Choir College and the Eastman School of Music. Ms. Lee is grateful to have worked with numerous talented and inspirational teachers, including Chang Hoon Park, Peter Erdei, Katalin Kiss, Joseph Flummerfelt, Allen Crowell, Neil Varon, Andrew Megill, and William Weinert.