Pacificaires & Cedar Center Chorus
Dr Yewon Lee
A resident of Encinitas, with wide ranging experiences throughout Southern California, Dr. Yewon Lee is a much sought-after emerging conductor and collaborative pianist on the operatic and concert stage. She has performed throughout the United States and around the world, including France, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Israel.
Prior to relocating to San Diego, Dr. Lee was an Assistant Music Director of Opera at Baldwin Wallace University and Adjunct Professor at Kent State University. In the operatic world, Dr. Lee has worked at Baldwin Wallace Opera Theater, the National Opera Center in New York City, the Aspen Opera Theater Center and the International Vocal Arts Institute. Dr. Lee has been frequently invited as a guest performer and lecturer at San Diego State University and University of San Diego.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Dr. Lee received a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Seoul National University, completed her Master of Music degree in Vocal Accompanying at Manhattan School of Music and earned a prestigeous Artist Diploma as the youngest recipient in Collaborative Piano from the Juilliard School. She recently finished her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Music at the University of Southern California under the tutelage of Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe. Currently, she is a music director of the San Diego Festival Chorus, director of music at San Dieguito United Methodist Church and serves as a Far South Representative for California Choral Directors Association.
Ashlyn Brown has been a musician for 24yrs. She started her musical journey on her Great Grandmother’s toy piano. She soon started taking piano lessons at the age of 6 and then picked up the flute as her second instrument at the age of 8. She performed all throughout High School and College, having the opportunity to be the principal flutist in multiple ensembles and the Vice President of her College’s Concert Band. She earned both a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and a Masters in Teaching from Point Loma Nazarene University. PLNU is also where she met her husband who is a Professional Drummer/Percussionist and Band Director at a High School in East County. This past year, they welcomed our baby boy, Jude, into the world.
For the last 6 years, Ashlyn has been a Middle School Music Director where she taught Choir, Concert Band, and Orchestra. Ashlyn is so grateful for the opportunity to be our new director and she can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together!