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Welcome to the online home of Boston-based composer Christopher Lee.

I'm a Visiting Lecturer in Musicianship and Analysis at The University of Massachusetts Lowell, where I also serve as a codesigner and researcher on the Musical Playground Project team, lead chamber ensembles focused on songwriting and music production, and teach applied percussion. I'm also on the music faculty of The Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and established a songwriting and recording program there in 2014. In 2015 I launched Pilot House Sound, an online collaborative production studio.

Current projects include a commissioned piece, Three Sketches In Blue, for the Hathor Winds, one of Boston's top emerging chamber ensembles, as well as journal articles on Steve Reich's musical antecedents and the intersection of musical play, improvisation, participatory music making and environmental sustainability. I'm also finishing up production and mixing of a new album for Portlandian roots-rocker Nicolai Carrera.

In addition to composing, my research activities explore post-1950 music literature and pedagogy, the application of architectural theory to musical form, the influence of pre-tonal music on contemporary composers, analysis of intuitive harmonic, rhythmic and formal structures underlying the creative procedures of contemporary composers, music cognition, musical play and creativity in children, and environmental impact on creativity.

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