Paul A. Lee is currently Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of West Alabama, where in addition to teaching piano and organ lessons, he also teaches courses in music theory, history, and class piano. In addition to his work at UWA, Dr. Lee also collaborates often with musicians across the country. Recent engagements have included multiple recitals in Arizona, concert appearances in New York City, multiple performances with the Ad Astra Music Festival in Russell, Kansas, and serving as a pianist for the International Horn Competition of America. Upcoming concert appearances include multiple recitals with University of Alabama faculty and doctoral students, as well as innovative chamber music for voice with Dr, Christopher O'Rear of Tuscaloosa. With long-time collaborator Dr. Alex Lapins (tuba and euphonium), the two have performed throughout the Southwest and South.
As a collaborative pianist, he has worked extensively with instrumentalists across the country, most notably for the low brass studios of Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Alabama. As a vocal coach, Dr. Lee also has worked with vocalists ranging from first-year voice students to professionals; from 2012 to 2018, he served as the main rehearsal pianist, coach, and occasional music director for Northern Arizona University Lyric Theatre productions.
Dr. Lee holds undergraduate degrees from Virginia Tech in piano (studying with Mary Louise Hallauer) and mechanical engineering, a master’s degree in collaborative piano from the University of Tennessee (studying with Kevin Class and David Northington), and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in collaborative piano from Arizona State University (studying with Andrew Campbell and Russell Ryan). His research interests include the intersection of musical acoustics and audience perceptions of sound, tuning theory and practice, and examining recency bias in music competitions.