Professor of Piano
GERALD LEE is Professor of Piano at West Liberty University, West Liberty, WV, where he has been a full-time faculty member since 2002. He earned three piano performance degrees: Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University, Indiana University, and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, respectively.
Dr. Lee was a winner in the 2009 Pittsburgh (PA) Concert Society Major Auditions. In addition, he won 1st place in the 2002 National Society of Arts and Letters Piano Competition (Lansing, MI), 2nd place in the 2002 National Finals of the MTNA (Music Teachers’ National Association) Collegiate Artists’ Piano Competition (Cincinnati, OH), and 3rd place in the 2003 International Beethoven Piano Sonata Competition (Memphis, TN). He enjoys maintaining an extensive schedule of solo and chamber music performances, the latter including recitals with such artistic luminaries as Faith Esham, soprano, John Rommel, trumpet, Jeremy Black, violin, and Erina Laraby-Goldwasser, viola.
Dr. Lee currently serves as Chair of Competitions and 1st Vice President for the West Virginia Music Teachers’ Association. He is a frequent adjudicator for piano competitions, such as those held by MTNA at both the state and division levels. Passionate about the works of Alexander Scriabin, he continues to present lecture-recitals featuring Scriabin’s piano sonatas at numerous College Music Society conferences.
He is forever grateful to the following artist-teachers for their unconditional support, vast wisdom, and artistic guidance: Virginia Sandford, the late Lawrence Campbell, Andrew Cooperstock, Reiko Neriki, Logan Skelton, Arthur Greene, and the late Distinguished Professor György Sebök.