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Michael Lee, M.A.

Director of Music Technology
Phone: (626) 815-3848
Email: mlee@apu.edu
Fax: (626) 969-7419
Michael Lee has been active in the professional music industry as a keyboardist, producer, composer, and technical consultant for over 10 years. He has toured and recorded as a keyboardist with a wide range of artists, including the Dove Award-winners Avalon and Grammy Award-winners BeBe Winans, Melissa Etheridge, and Meredith Brooks. His national television credits include The Tonight Show, The Late Show, Dr. Phil, and VH1 Divas. His film credits include work on "Hidalgo" by Buena Vista Pictures.

As a technical consultant, Mr. Lee has been involved in developing innovative new methods for integrating technology into musical environments. He helped design the first multi-site integrated studio using Logic Audio Platinum (now Logic Pro) software to record an album in multiple locations at the same time. This multi-site studio was used by the production team Track and Field (Gerald Eaton and Brian West) in recording the Grammy Award-winning album Whoa, Nelly! for Nelly Furtado, utilizing studio locations in Los Angeles and Toronto to simultaneously record instruments and vocals. Lee also designed www.30dropframe.com, a web-based interactive studio that allowed students and professional musicians to participate in creating a record from first note to final mix. Over 50,000 people logged in to the online studio to participate in the recording project.

In addition to his professional work in the music industry, Mr. Lee serves as the Director of Music Technology for Azusa Pacific University, where he teaches courses in music technology, studio production, and music ethics. He also serves as Worship Leader for his local church.

Education

M.M. - California State University, Los Angeles
M.A. in Theology - Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, 2005
B.A. in Music, (Music Theory Emphasis)- Azusa Pacific University, 1997

Departments

  • College of Music and the Arts
  • School of Music

Expertise

  • Composition and Orchestration
  • Jazz and Commercial Keyboard Performance Music and Ethics
  • Music Technology, Studio Recording

Courses Taught

MUS 113 – Applied Piano
MUS 120 – Music Fundamentals
MUS 296 – Introduction to Music Technology
MUS 424 – Projects in Music Theory
MUS 495 – Production Techniques
MUS 496 – Senior Seminar: Music and Ethics
GMUS 563 – Introduction to Technology and Worship

Professional/Scholarly Presentations

Compositions
Sing Unashamed: for mixed choir and orchestra (2008)

Serra: for trumpet, piano, and laptop (2009)

Rhythm-a-ning (by Thelonious Monk): arranged for two pianos (2007)

Our Father, Vindicate: for a cappella mens choir (2008)

Child of Peace for a cappella mixed choir (2007)

Research
Lee, Michael. Research assistant. "Art, Community, and Worship in the Emerging Church." Emerging Church Conference, Biola University, 2005

Lee, Michael. Participant. "Degree Development Committee to design an MA in Worship Arts." Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, 2005

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Professional Experience

Industry Experience
Film and Television (partial list): The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Dr. Phil Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, The Blockbuster Music Awards, The Prism Awards, Last Call with Carson Daily, Canada AM, The Mike Bullard Show, VH1 Divas, Pantene Presents: Live from Central Park, She Spies, Rock and Roll Acid Test, and others.

Live Keyboards (partial list): Melissa Etheridge, Meredith Brooks, Kenna, “Aida”, Jennifer Love Hewitt, David Foster, George Rowe, Avalon, Jody McBrayer, Michelle Tumes, BeBe Winans, Katharine McPhee, Dave Koz, The Dailies, Jen & Abby, Jeff Askew, Russ Miller, Deanna Ramsay, and others.

Studio Recordings (partial list): Lose You Now, Becca Chan (Sony Japan), piano and B3 (reached #1 on radio airplay charts in Japan); To Dream Again, Meredith Brooks (Sony Music), piano, keyboards, orchestration; To Be Free, from the film "Hidalgo" (Buena Vista Pictures), piano, vocal arrangement, string orchestration; Jen & Abby, Jen & Abby "Eldorado Recording", piano, keyboards, programming; Mixing Metaphors, The Dailies "Tunesmith", piano, keyboards, programming; What It Is, The Dailies "Tunesmith", piano, keyboards, programming; Miracle, Michelle Tumes "Warner / Chapel", piano

Co-producer, “If I Could Be”, an upcoming children’s album for Sony Records

Co-writer, "Live Like The Wind", for the Disney/Buena Vista film Hidalgo

Keyboardist, Melissa Etheridge's “Alive and Alone“ tour

Keyboard Programmer and Technical Consultant, David Furtado's "Canada Live" televised performance

Tour Programmer and Keyboardist, Meredith Brooks' “Bad Bad One” tour

Professional Involvement and Accomplishments

Associations, Boards, Committees
American Federation of Musicians, Local 47 (member)
American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (member)
American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (member)

Special Interests and Activities

Composition and Orchestration
Music Technology, Studio Recording
Jazz and Commercial Keyboard Performance
Music and Ethics

Office Location

Ronald Building, Room 136B, East Campus

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