Alexandra “Zandi” Lee holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and Music Theory from Converse, earning honors in music theory and distinction in performance. She studied piano under Douglas Weeks and Sandra Shen, and studied piano pedagogy under Lawson’s own Erica Pauly. Ms. Lee studied music theory as a Master’s student for two years at the College – Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, and taught freshman music theory and musicianship there. She studied organ under Leon Couch and Brennan Szafron at Converse, and under Brenda Portman at the University of Cincinnati, where Ms. Lee successfully auditioned for their MM Organ program. Ms. Lee is a member of NFMC and AGO.
As a pianist, Ms. Lee has enjoyed many performing opportunities, including with the Converse Symphony Orchestra as a Young Artist Competition Winner, the solo performer in Converse’s Opening Convocation ceremony, and as a finalist in Brevard Music Center’s Jan and Beattie Wood Concerto Competition.
Ms. Lee is also an avid chorister, having performed in multiple honor choirs growing up including the ACDA Eastern Division Children’s Honor Choir, in Dr. Keith Jones’ selective Musica Reservata, and in Spartanburg Festival Chorus.
As a music theorist, Ms. Lee is passionate about helping others understand music both better and as a communicative language, possessing grammar and rhetoric. Accordingly, her honors thesis at Converse, under Dr. Siegwart Reichwald, was “Rhetorical Synthesis in Mendelssohn’s Organ Sonata No. 1, First Movement,” and she enjoyed presenting this paper at two professional conferences, the NECMT and AMS – SE. Ms. Lee has a strong belief in the power of musicianship and the power of good musicianship training.
Ms. Lee enjoys working as piano faculty at the Lawson Academy, as piano faculty at Limestone College Community Music School, as a staff accompanist at the Petrie School of Music at Converse, and as a freelance performer. She has a growing passion for church music and also enjoys composing in her spare time.