Dongho Lee, the First Prize Winner of the 2010 NYACOP (National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance) of the American Guild of Organists, appears here in her debut CD release, which is provided by AGO and Pro Organo as a component of the benefits of the First Prize in the competition. The program, which concentrates on 20th-century literature, is played on the C. B. Fisk, Opus 135 organ recently completed in Auer Hall, Jacobs School of Music, at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. Dongho Lee was enrolled in the Doctor of Musical Arts degree program in Organ Performance at Indiana University at the time this recording was made, in January 2011.
A native of Seoul, South Korea, Dongho Lee was awarded both the First Prize (the Lilian Murtagh Memorial Prize) and the Audience Prize at the 2010 American Guild of Organists National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance, which was held at the 50th national convention of the Guild in
Ms. Lee’s education includes undergraduate and graduate degrees from Yonsei University in Korea, where she studied with Dr. Tong-Soon Kwak. During her studies in Korea, she also served as organist of Seoul Anglican Cathedral. In 2004, she moved to the United States to continue her studies with Dr. Martin Jean at Yale University and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, from which institution she earned a second master’s degree and was awarded the Julia R. Sherman Prize for excellence in organ playing. Ms. Lee is currently completing her doctoral studies at Indiana University (Jacobs School of Music), where she is a student of Dr. Christopher Young. At Indiana University she was a recipient of the inaugural Jacobs Scholarship and has also served as Associate Instructor of organ.
Ms. Lee has played recitals throughout the United States, Europe, and South Korea. Her other competition credits include First Prize in the 2001 Klais Jang Cheon Organ Competition (Seoul) and Finalist standing in the 2008 Canadian International Organ Competition (Montréal).
Ms. Lee now resides in Durham, North Carolina, where she plays weekly hour-long demonstrations of the organs of Duke University Chapel, and serves as Music Director and Organist at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina.