Brian Lee (New Zealand)
Originally from South Korea, Brian quickly embraced the rich music culture of New Zealand. However, choir conducting first captured his heart when watching his church choirmaster waving his arms at the tender age of 7, telling his mum, ‘I want to do what he is doing!’
For over 18 years, fired with an enduring passion for quality a cappella music and education, Brian has taught across a spectrum of ages, ethnicities and musical genres. From grass roots up, he has directed/coached vocal ensembles at 15 different New Zealand high schools. At the community level, he directed the Pride of Auckland Chorus to win Gold at the Pan Pacific Barbershop Convention in Hawaii in 2008. He also later studied under Associate Professor Karen Grylls at the University of Auckland.
Brian currently directs the vivacious SATB community choir, the Stellar Singers who specialize in high quality a cappella singing. The group embraces every genre of music including jazz, contemporary, gospel & pop, and has also performed with internationally-famous artists including Josh Groban, Guy Sebastian & Stan Walker as well as giving numerous TV performances.
Impassioned with the knowledge that singing can bring communities together, Brian has been instrumental in the creation of the VoCo, a not-for-profit international singing festival set to impart all the virtues & emotion of quality singing, a gift for everyone whatever their background.
Outside the musical world, he is the Managing Director of an international business consultancy firm and happily resides in Auckland, New Zealand with his fellow singing wife, 2 children, cats & parrots.
Brian has a long-standing connection with The Real Group and he invited & hosted them for the 2017 VoCo Festival in New Zealand.
For workshops he is comfortable working with small or large groups, preferably live or possibly in an on-line context. He likes to work on blend, bringing emotion & fun into performance for an enhanced audience connection. He enjoys adapting complex songs composed for small group singing so that they can be sung by larger ensembles. He is also interested in discussing & applying highly effective memorisation methods for ensembles, as well as helping community singers/groups to produce high quality singing performances and find their balanced group sound.