Rome, Ga. – Baritone Yuman Lee and Pianist Jerico Vasquez will present a faculty recital at Shorter University on Monday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Brookes Chapel. The event is open to the public at no charge.
The program is Franz Schubert’s Winterreise, a song cycle of 24 songs. The program is a tribute to Schubert who died in 1828; this year marks the 190th anniversary of his death. His Winterreise or “Winter Journey” is considered to be one of the most beloved song cycles of all time.
A native of South Korea, Lee serves as Assistant Professor of Music at Shorter. He teaches lyric diction, voice pedagogy, opera literature, voice seminar, and class voice, in addition to giving private lessons in voice.
Lee holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from the School of Church Music, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. 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.
He received his Master of Music degree from the Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California and his Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Arts, with a minor in piano, from Kyung Hee University, Seoul, South Korea.
Prior to moving to Georgia, Lee served as a Minister of Music at Ridglea Baptist Church in Fort Worth. Lee is an active soloist, having performed in the United States, Europe, and South Korea.
Hailed for his “formidable and effortless playing” and “intelligent ardor and exceptionally clear and bright technique,” Vasquez is Artist-in-Residence, Professor of Music and Coordinator of the Keyboard Program at Shorter University. He has performed as a concerto soloist, as a recitalist, and as a chamber musician in the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Philippines.
Vasquez’ recent performances include numerous solo recitals in the southeast United States and the Philippines, a concerto performance with the Rome Symphony Orchestra, and collaborative performances with the Balkan String Quartet, the Expedition Winds, and a number of vocalists and pianists. He has also presented workshops and lectures, and has frequently served as an adjudicator in many local and regional festivals and competitions.
Vasquez received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Piano Performance, with a Minor in Music History and Literature, from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston.
Vasquez has won numerous competitions including the UCSB Concerto Competition, the Pillsbury Foundation Competition, the Santa Barbara Performing Arts Foundation Competition, and the Léni Fe Bland Foundation Competition. He is also the recipient the Ojai Festival’s prestigious Charlotte and Alvin Bronstein Award, Capitol Record’s Nat King Cole Memorial Scholarship, and the University of California Regents Scholarship. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honorary Society.
As a pedagogue, Vasquez has been an active member of the Music Teachers National Association, the Georgia Music Teachers Association, and the Rome Music Teachers Association.
Founded in 1873, Shorter University is a Christ-centered, four-year liberal arts university committed to excellence in education. U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review annually include Shorter on their lists of best Southeastern Colleges. The university offers traditional bachelor’s degrees in 40 areas of study, online courses and degree programs, undergraduate programs for working adults, associate’s and master’s programs.