Grace Lee was born and raised in Southern California and grew up in a home where music and the arts was valued, respected and celebrated. She studied the violin at the age of 6 and continued to train as a competitive solo violinist and won various competitions offered by the state. By the age of 10 she had already won top places in ASTA, SYMF, CM Panel and was featured in the Korean Times as the Korean Music Festival Grand Prize Winner. She was the youngest member of both OCYSO and PSYO ensembles when she was in elementary and middle school. As a freshman, she was awarded “Most Promising Musician” from Orange County High School of the Arts and also participated in YMF’s Debut Orchestra.
Mrs. Lee received her B.M. in Violin Performance at UC Irvine on a music scholarship and also served as an ArtsBridge Scholar. She studied with renowned violinist, Harotune Bedelian and graduated with honors for high musical achievements. After graduating, Mrs. Lee moved to LA and worked as a gigging musician while also working on a fun show called, “The Simpsons” only to decide to return to school during the peak of the recession to receive her CA Single Subject Music Credential and M.A. in Teaching at UC Irvine. This turned out to be the be best decision as Mrs. Lee has been the Orchestra Director at University High School since 2010 and she has seen the UHS Orchestra Program transform from a simple after school extra-curricular activity to a now nationally recognized, thriving orchestra program that continues to grow each and every year.
Mrs. Lee has studied conducting with Maestros Kenneth Kiesler, Stephen Tucker and the late Gustav Meier and has served as guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout Southern California and is a member of professional organizations ASTA, SCSOBA and NafME.