Mr. Kenneth Lee

Director of Woodwinds
Symphonic Orchestra

​​Kenneth Lee, clarinetist, is an independent studio teacher in Vienna, Virginia. He holds a Bachelor’s degree with Honors in Economics from Cornell University, and has held a Graduate Research Fellowship with the Smithsonian Institution. He is a clarinet student of Leon Russianoff, of the Juilliard School, and was a member of The United States Army Band, Solo Clarinetist of the Baroque Arts Chamber Orchestra, Friday Morning Music Club Orchestra, Arlington Symphony, and, as a member of the Anechoic Wind Quintet, presented Concerts in the Schools under the auspices of the Washington Performing Arts Society. He teaches over forty clarinet students privately. Nineteen of his private students have advanced to the National Finals of the Music Teachers National Association Woodwind Auditions. In 1989, 1990 and 2001 his students were the National High School Woodwind First Place Winners, and in 1998 and 2007 his students were the National Junior High School First Place Winners. Graduating high school seniors have been awarded major scholarships as clarinet performance majors by Juilliard, the Cleveland Institute, Eastman, Michigan, Oberlin, New England Conservatory, Rice University, and many other institutions. His students have been featured as Concerto Soloists with the National Symphony Orchestra and the United States Air Force Band. For 30 years he was Clarinet and Woodwind Specialist with James Madison High School in Vienna, Virginia. He has been awarded Permanent Professional Certification by the Virginia Music Teachers Association.

Kenneth Lee has served as President of the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association (2 terms) and the Virginia Music Teachers Association. In October 2000 he was designated by the Virginia Music Teachers Association as its nominee for the first national “Music Teacher of the Year” selection of the Music Teachers National Association. From 2001 to 2003 he served as National Chair of the Independent Music Teachers Forum of the MTNA, with bi-monthly columns appearing in The American Music Teacher. He is a frequent speaker at MTNA National Conventions. His article on “Developing the Independent Studio” appears in Woodwind Players Cookbook: Recipes for a Successful Performance, published by Meredith Press. He is the author of Clarinet Express, A Method for Clarinet, edited by Ben Ryer.

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