This Saturday, April 29, the YNYC Women’s Ensemble will perform ‘Story Time’, featuring stories of humor, fantasy, loss, and memory. This year, for the first time, the Women’s Ensemble will premiere YNYC’s Competition for Young Composers, an international search for submissions from composers aged 18-35. This year’s three finalists represent the best new music for Women’s Choir.
Finally, we are pleased to introduce you to our third finalist for YNYC’s Competition for Young Composers, Grace Ann Lee! Here is Grace’s Story:
Grace Ann Lee
Two Butterflies went out at Noon
Grace Ann Lee (b. 1996) is an aspiring composer who most recently had her work WORDS, WIDE NIGHT performed in May 2016 by the students in Eastman School of Music (as the winner of the Society of Chamber music in Rochester composition competition). She is a member of the 2014 and 2015 YoungArts National Foundation in composition, and is also one of the winners in NAfME All-National competition for composers, Second Degree “The Other Composition Competition” 2012 and 2014 NYSSMA Honors Composers Competition, Persis Vehar Composition Competition. Her works have been premiered by the Women’s Works by the Women in Music, and in Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Grace Ann started her musical career by studying the piano at age 4 and expanded her studies in music through cello and Hae-Geum (Traditional Korean Folk-Instrument). She also was an active member in numerous orchestras, children’s choirs, and studied music theory and jazz. She continues to incorporate her diverse musical learning in her works as a composer. Grace Ann began studying composition at age 17 with Dr. Stephen Shewan, and is currently studying composition in Indiana University Jacobs School of Music under the instruction of Professor Aaron Travers.
Grace Ann’s Story
What is your most treasured possession?
My relationships with all the valuable people in my life.
If you could do anything else besides composing, what would it be?
If I hadn’t become a composer, I would have become a cellist. I was very serious about playing the cello until my senior year of high school.
I think I could have also been successful with a career in voiceovers for cartoons. I can sound like a 5-year old super bubbly child or a 50-year old way-too-serious narrator lady. My roommates always compliment me on how much character I have in my voice!
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Esther from the Bible. Not only was she beautiful and wise but she had a vision in her life. I hope to live a life full of meaning and purpose, as Esther did.
Please join us at 6pm in the Recital Hall (upstairs) for a pre-concert talk back with our finalists and YNYC’s artistic leadership! The Q&A/Talk back is free with the purchase of your ticket! Concert will start at 7pm.