Dr. JinUk Lee
JinUk Lee was born in the city of Seoul, South Korea. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in voice from KyungPook National University in South Korea.
He has performed several oratorio solos in Korea and in the USA, including the baritone solo in Handel’s Messiah and Haydn’s The Creation.
In Korea, Mr. Lee studied with Professors InSoo Park in South Korea and later with Andreas Poulimenos and Carol Vaness at Indiana University. He has performed the role of Germont in La Traviata with David Effron and Tito Capobianco. He also performed the role of Zurga from The Pearl Fishers as well as the roles of Silvio in Pagliacci and the role of Count in Le nozze di Figaro while a pupil of Professor Carol Vaness.
Mr. Lee has also performed the roles of Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and Tiger Brown in The Threepenny Opera, Honor Showcase recital and he received Outstanding Performance in the Honors Assembly in Ohio.
Mr. Lee earned first prize for vocal music at the National Artistic Vocal Competition and second prize in the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale competition. He was later awarded the Sweet Adelines International Award from the Young Singers Foundation and was the recipient of the Albert Rees Davis Scholarship at the S. Livingston Mather Scholarship Competition in Cleveland.
He was First Place Winner of the National Association of Teachers of Song Competition and earned Finalist from Mario Lanza International Singing Competition, Italy.
While completing his Doctorates of Music Arts, he received the Merit Award Scholarship and was the Opera assistant at Lyric Theatre at the University of Illinois. His performances at Illinois include Ford from Falstaff, Street Singer from The Threepenny Opera and the role of Riolobo from Florencia en el Amazonas.
He has performed in a series of concerts including Oak Brook Library Classical Music Concert Series II, III and IV at the Oak Brook Library in Illinois. Also, he performed performances of Inspired Korea organized by The Consulate General of the Republic of Korean in Chicago and nationwide in such cities as Detroit, Michigan, Des Moines, Iowa, Kansas City, Missouri, St. Charles, Illinois, Oak Park, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and St. Louis, Missouri.
Today, JinUk is a music director and conductor of five choral groups including his church choir in the suburbs of Chicago area. He is a professional baritone singer represented by Lee Bauman of Leota Arts Management and a recent recipient of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has been appointed as Adjunct Professor at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion Indiana.