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Music Mission International is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to promoting the appreciation of organ music and providing for music education. Our organization is lead by the wonderful Dr. Jung-A Lee.

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About Dr. Jung-A Lee

Dr. Jung-A Lee has performed in Europe, North America, Asia and Africa as an organist, pianist, harpsichordist, and conductor. She currently serves as organist at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, California, and sub-dean of the American Guild of Organists Orange County Chapter. Lee is also on the faculty of Biola University, Concordia University in Irvine, and Vanguard University. In 2009 Lee founded Music Mission International to promote classical music focusing on organ. Since 2018 she plays with David Chang (clarinet) and Cynthia Ellis (flute) as Synergy Trio. In addition, she works for Pacific Chorale and Pacific Symphony as organist/pianist.

Lee performed at many venues in France, Germany, Italy, England, Wales, Slovakia, Hungary, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Nigeria, and South Korea. In the United States she gave solo organ recitals in many venues including the Cadet Chapel at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in New York, Woolsey Hall at Yale University, The Memorial Church and Rudolph Busch Hall at Harvard University, Washington National Cathedral in District of Columbia, Methuen Music Hall in Massachusetts, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, California, Renee and Henry Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa, CA, Crystal Cathedral (Christ Cathedral currently) in Garden Grove, CA, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, CA, and the First Congregational Church in Los Angeles, CA.

She completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance from Boston University. Her dissertation was on Petr Eben (1929-2007)’s Chamber Music. In Boston Lee served as an organ scholar of The Memorial Church, Harvard University from 2001 to 2003 whose services were broadcast on the radio. She earned her Master of Music degree in organ performance from Yale University with a full scholarship and worked as a collaborative pianist for the Opera School at Yale. While studying there she received numerous prizes including the Charles Ives Prize. From 1996 to 1997 she studied at Humboldt University and Kirchenmusikschule in Berlin, Germany as an exchange student. While studying in Toronto, she served as an organist at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church whose services were broadcast on the radio. In addition, she holds a London Trinity College Licentiate Diploma in piano performance.

Her teachers include Thomas Murray, Martin Jean, Gerre Hancock, John Tuttle, Karl Hochreither, Michael Bloss, William Wright and Lori Loftus. Lee also participated in the master classes with Olivier Latry, Marilyn Keiser and Susan Landale. She worked with fine conductors including Christopher Hogwood, Doreen Rao, Carl St. Clair, John Alexander, Robert Istad, Bramwell Tovey, Murray Somerville, James Melton, Joseph Huszti, Chai-Hoon Park and Locky Chung.

Lee can be heard as organist on Rorem: Works for Choir and Organ/Harvard University Choir CD on Black Box label (catalog number 1102), on the recordings of the Men in Blaque of University of California, Irvine, and the recordings of the Concert Choir of Vanguard University of Southern California. Her first DVD of Music Mission International, “Beauty in the Wind,” was released in 2010. Several pieces from the DVD were broadcast on the radio program, “Pipedreams” hosted by Michael Barone (https://www.pipedreams.org). In 2012 her CD, “Precious Lord” was released, which includes numerous hymn arrangements and features David Washburn (trumpet), Valerie Geller (violin), and Lori Loftus (piano). In 2013 she was also featured at KUSC, 91.5 FM MHz, South Carolina ETV and Kookdong Korean Christian Radio. In 2014 her 90-minute organ solo recital was broadcast at KVPR, 89.3 FM. Her CD, “Amazing Grace” was recorded at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles on the organ built by Rosales/Glatter-Götz. In 2018 her CD recorded at Walt Disney Concert Hall was released by Grammy Award winning Yarlung Records. www.musicmissioninternational.org

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