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Catherine Lee

A diverse musician, Dr. Catherine Lee has performed extensively as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician on oboe, oboe d’amore and English horn in a wide range of artistic settings, including classical, contemporary, and free improvisation.

As an interdisciplinary artist, Catherine collaborated in the creation of reeds, a site-specific work composed by Emily Doolittle (Sound Symposium, 2010); with POV dance (Ten Tiny Dances, 2008); and with Tracy Broyles (Risk/Reward Festival, 2012). Catherine has performed in the oboe sections of many ensembles, including Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Oregon Symphony, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland Opera, Portland Cello Project, and was a tenured member of Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil from 2003 to 2008. Catherine has also performed in ensembles led by improvisers John Gruntfest, Gino Robair, and Tatsuya Nakatani. In the Spring of 2013 released her solo cd entitled "social sounds".

Catherine’s doctoral research in how virtuoso performers in the late eighteenth century used the solo concerto to demonstrate their specific skills and create a resonance with audiences, has lead to a curiosity with the role of improvisation in both the development of creativity and voice of a performer and in the relationship between performers, audience and space. She has presented her research at The Embodiment of Authority – Perspectives on Performances (Helsinki, Finland, 2010), The Performer’s Voice (Singapore, 2009), Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium (Guelph, 2010, 2012), Performance in the Studio (2013) and College Music Society (Seattle, WA, 2010, 2013). Catherine’s doctoral document “The Language of the Oboe Virtuoso in the Late Eighteenth Century” has been published in the IDRS Journal, Double Reed and the ADRS Journal Reeding Matter. Her poetry will be included in a chapter she is co-authoring in the forth-coming book Sounding the body: Improvisation, representation and subjectivity (eds. Ellen Waterman & Gillian Siddall). Catherine is on the board of the Creative Music Guild. (Portland, OR).

Catherine became interested in the study of somatics and the applications for performing artists during her graduate studies at Indiana University, she pursued this interest during her doctoral work at McGill University. In this vein she trained as an Andover Educator, is licensed to teach “What Every Musician needs to know about the Body”. Catherine has presented sessions on Body Mapping at the Washington State University (Pullman, WA), Portland State University and at the Bi-enniel International Conference of the Andover Educators (Montclair, NJ).

Dr. Lee is a founding member of the Umbrella Ensemble, and the Tardis Ensemble. She holds a Doctor of Music in Oboe Performance and a Bachelor of Music from McGill University (Montreal, Quebec), and a Master of Music and a Performer Diploma from Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana). Catherine’s principal influences include Theodore Baskin, Normand Forget and Bruce Haynes.