Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.

Ludwig van Beethoven

About MMI

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.

Our Board Members

Officers

  • Dr. Marcia Stroup, Chairman
  • Dr. Jung-A Lee, Vice Chairman
  • Rev. Dr. Lydia Saradan, Secretary
  • Dr. James Melton, Treasurer

Advisory

  • Valerie Geller
  • Rev. Dr. George Linzey
  • Dr. Sharon Linzey
  • Anthony Magturo
  • Dr. June McBirnie
  • Kevin Weed
  • Nancy Jones
  • Jeff Minard
  • Jennifer Puhls
  • Marcia Stroup
  • Marilynn Gilbert
  • Dr. Robert Taylor
  • Lily-May Taylor
  • Min Shin Suh

About Dr. Jung-A Lee

Dr. Jung-A Lee has performed in Europe, North America, and Asia as an organist, pianist, and conductor. She currently works as an organist at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, and an adjunct professor at Vanguard University. This spring she also began teaching at Biola University. In addition, she played for the choirs of the University of California, Irvine, as a collaborative pianist/organist from 2004 to 2015. In 2009 she founded Music Mission International in order to promote organ music. www.musicmissioninternational.org

Most recently she did organ concert tours in France, Italy, South Korea, and Nigeria. In the United States Lee gave solo organ recitals in many venues including the Cadet Chapel at United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, Woolsey Hall at Yale University, The Memorial Church and Rudolph Busch Hall at Harvard University, Methuen Music Hall in Massachusetts, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, California, Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa, CA, Crystal Cathedral (Christ Cathedral current) 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. Furthermore she performed at many churches in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, England, Wales, and South Korea.

In 2014 she did a concert tour with the University of California, Irvine choirs in Slovakia and Hungary. Lee also played for the major performances of the Pacific Chorale and Pacific Symphony under the direction of Maestro John Alexander in Segerstrom Hall, Costa Mesa, California for the last several years. In 2010 she also played for the performances of the Men in Blaque Choir from the UCIrvine held in Shaoxing, China as a part of the Choral Olympics. In the same year she played the organ at Lincoln Center in New York City for the Vanguard University and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church choirs. In 2008 she played for the UCI choirs in the International Choral Competition in Wales, United Kingdom, which was televised. In 2007 she also conducted the UCI choirs at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, United Kingdom.

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 many prizes including the Charles Ives Prize. From 1996 to 1997 she studied at Humboldt University and Kirchenmusikschule in Berlin, Germany as an exchange student. Lee finished her Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance from the University of Toronto. 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 James David Christie, Thomas Murray, Martin Jean, Gerre Hancock, John Tuttle, Karl Hochreither, Michael Bloss, and William Wright. 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, Bramwell Tovey, Murray Somerville, Joseph Huszti, and Chai-Hoon Park.

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 (http://pipereams.publicradio.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) as well as Dr. Lee. 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. Most recently, her new CD, “Amazing Grace,” was released. The CD was recorded at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and the organ was built by Rosales/Glatter-Götz. This fall another choral CD recorded with Men in Blaque from UCI will be released.


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