KahYee Lee, a native of Malaysia, earned her Masters of Music degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder while studying with Ed Dusinberre (Takács Quartet), Margaret Gutierrez and Lina Bahn. She spent her high school years at the Interlochen Arts Academy, where she was recognized with the Fine Arts Award for Violin. After high school, KahYee attended the Cleveland Institute of Music where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance under David Updegraff.
She shares her passion for the violin through teaching, coaching and outreach programs. While in Colorado, she conducted weekly sectionals with the Fairview High School Orchestra violin section, was a substitute mentor for the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestra, and served as a Teaching Assistant for the violin studio and the Musicians’ Wellness Initiative at CU. She is also a certified teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and received her training from William Starr in Boulder and Kimberley Meier-Sims in Cleveland. While in Omaha, she was a teacher at the Omaha Conservatory of Music as well as a lead instructor for the school’s “Violin Sprouts” program. She currently teaches at STEP Birmingham.
KahYee is very active in the performance community, and has performed as principal violinist for the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra and as a member of the Des Moines Metro Opera, Boulder Chamber Orchestra and Cheyenne Symphony. She has been a substitute violinist for the Omaha Symphony, Colorado Symphony, New World Symphony and Boulder Philharmonic. She is currently a substitute with the Alabama Symphony.
KahYee travels extensively to perform, teach and to learn. She is an alumnus of renowned music festivals such as the Tanglewood Music Center, the National Repertory Orchestra, the ENCORE School for Strings, and the Meadowmount School of Music.