A native of South Korea, Yuman Lee serves as an Assistant Professor of Music at Shorter University in Rome, Georgia. He teaches lyric diction, voice pedagogy, opera literature, voice seminar, class voice, and also gives private lessons.
Dr. Lee holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from the School of Church Music, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX. As a recipient of James McKinney Outstanding Performer Award from the President of SWBTS, he performed with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. While there, he was selected as a vocal arts honors recitalist 2009-2010, 2011-2012, and 2013-2014.
Prior to moving to Texas, Lee received his Master of Music degree from the Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California where he performed numerous operas, including Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, I Capuleti e i Montecchi, and various opera scenes. Lee performed the role of Don Pasquale in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale in Italy during the summer program in Viterbo and Rome. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the honor society of music and is also a member of the American Musicological Society as well as the National Association of Teachers of Singing. His students consistently place at the top of their divisions in state and regional NATS auditions.
Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Lee received his Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Arts, with a minor in piano, from Kyung Hee University, Seoul, South Korea. As a junior, Lee directed a hundred-voice ensemble. As a senior, aside from the regular courses within the music school, Lee worked on La Boheme, Don Giovanni, and La Traviata in numerous opera workshops. In addition, at a graduation ceremony, he won the Distinguished Service Award from the President of the university.
Prior to moving to Georgia, Lee served as a Minister of Music at Ridglea Baptist Church, Fort Worth, TX. Yuman Lee is an active soloist, having performed in the United States, Europe, as well as South Korea.
My teaching philosophy has guided the conclusion that each student is a unique person, having incompatible strengths, weakness, and intentions to the voice studio. I believe that the most critical ability students must learn is the skill to acquire a knowledge of the art of singing and create independently so that after they leave the school setting, they can engage in music and intellectual activities on their own. My purpose is to help my students be their own best teacher and to support student’s growth into human beings who will contribute their knowledge and talents to society. I hope for students to comprehend the mind-body connection involved in singing as well as I want them to experience singing as a great pleasure and natural expression of their feeling.
Dr. Lee is married to Myung Hee Ha, and he has three children: Joseph, Elizabeth, and Anna.
Dr. Lee recently published his first book, It Is Enough!: Singing Oratorio Aria for Baritone: Handel and Mendelssohn. More details about this publication are available at https://www.lazarustribemedia.com/yumanlee and Amazon.
- Opera – Don Giovanni, Cosi Fan Tutte, Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Pasquale, I Capuleti e I Montecchi, La Boheme, and more.
- Oratorio and Sacred work – Bach BWV 80 (Ein feste Burg ist Gott), BWV 82 (Ich habe genug), Messiah, Missa in tempore belli, Creation, Requiem (Mozart and Verdi), Elijah, Ein Deutsches Requiem, Fantasia on Christmas Carols, Five Mystical Songs, Christmas Oratorio, and more.