Chicago Children’s Choir (CCC)
As the president of Chicago Children’s Choir (CCC), Josephine Lee has revolutionized youth music education, infusing their experience with cutting-edge performances of diverse repertoire, ongoing partnerships with leading cultural institutions such as Lyric, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Ravinia Festival, and extensive national and international tours. For her work on the documentary Songs on the Road to Freedom (2008), Lee was honored with an Emmy Award. Among Lee’s recent projects are two world premiere theatrical pieces (Long Way Home with the Q Brothers Collective and Sita Ram with David Kersnar of Lookingglass Theatre), several collaborations with Chance the Rapper (including 2016's Grammy Award-winning project, Coloring Book, 2019's The Big Day, and 2021's Magnificent Coloring World film), and an original piano and cello composition, Ascension, with choreographer, Frank Chaves, for Ballet Chicago in 2017. Lee earned a Grammy Award nomination as a soloist in the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize finalist Ted Hearne’s, Place, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Next Wave Festival (2018).
In 2019, Lee conducted Lisa Fischer and members of the National Philharmonic at Strathmore. In 2015, Lee founded Vocality (2015), a festival chorus comprising young vocal artists from a wide array of communities in the city of Chicago which made its premiere in July 2015 at Ravinia Festival in a concert performance of Porgy and Bess with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Bobby McFerrin. In 2012, Lee composed an original piano suite, The Good Goodbyes, for Frank Chaves and the River North Dance Chicago. In recognition of this work, Lee was featured in “The Transformative Power of Music,” a segment on Oprah Winfrey Network’s acclaimed show, Super Soul Sunday, in 2015.
Among her current is a new theatrical work by David Kersnar, J. Nicole Brooks, and CCC composer-in-residence Mitchell Owens III.