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The following photos were taken during the IUSD Honor Chorus 2018 and several volunteered
Vocal Music students performed in the UCI Opera production of "Suor Angelica",
on Saturday, 5/12/18, and Sunday, 5/13/18

The first rehearsal of "Suor Angelica" coming to an end on Tuesday, 5/8/18, at UCI Barclay Theatre

 

Sitting on the balcony waiting for the second rehearsal to start on Thursday, 5/10/18, at UCI Barclay Theatre

 

The 17th Century fashion that was used in this opera, "Suor Angelica"

 

The 17th Century Religious Fashion that was being used in the opera, "Suor Angelica"

 

During the fianl bow at the end of the first performance of the opera, "Suor Angelica", on Saturday, 5/12/18

 

A group photo taken with the cast, crew, staff, directors, and conductor after the first performance of the opera, "Suor Angelica", on Saturday, 5/12/18

 

IUSD Singer only on the UCI opera production, "Suor Angelica", on Saturday, 5/12/18

 

 

 

The following photos were taken during the IUSD Honor Chorus 2018 field trip to
the Grammy Museum and the "Little Tokyo" area on April 25, 2018

 

It took a long time to get to the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. We saw this!

 

Honor Chorus members playing instruments, singing and dancing at the Grammy Museum

 

During a sound production workshop, we made a sample of "Our Sound"!

 

Here comes the first layer of a rhythm pattern

 

More layers were added by students

 

Our finished product looked like this

 

Having lunch at a Japanese restaurant in the "Little Tokyo" area

 

Mr. Chicas and his whole group are having lunch at the little stage area in "Little Tokyo"

 

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The following photos were taken during Ms. Lee's Carnegie Hall performance, New York City, and trips in the
city between April 19, 2018, and April 22, 2018

 

The Julliard School of Music

 

A poster about the opera called "Cosi fan tutte", translates to "The School of Lovers", that included a circus and a carnival

 

The front of the Metropolitan Opera House of New York

 

Even the "Standing Room" has individual libretto translation box for each audience member in the Metropolitan Opera House

 

The Metropolitan Opera House lobby

 

The chandeliers in the Metropolitan Opera House lobby

 

The place where musicians sit and play is called "The Pit."

 

The upper portion of the Metropolitan Opera House, ceiling and boxes in all

 

The beautiful chandelier above the Metropolitan Opera House

 

The musicians are tuning and getting ready for "Cosi fan tutte" to start.

 

The opera, "Cosi fan tutte", is about to start

 

The conductor takes a bow with all the cast members

 

Ms. Lee stood next to Verdi in the Metropolitan Opera House

 

Matisse' works are presented in the Metropolitan Opera of New York

 

A night view of the Metropolitan Opera of New York

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This set of stairs takes us to a wonder world of the 15th century art at one of the Metropolitan Museums, the Cloisters. Most of
the art work, building, and land were donated by the Rockefeller Family Foundation

 

The main courtyard at the Cloisters that is waiting to bloom

 

The Cloisters tower

 

The walkway next to the main courtyard features stones from the 15th century

 

This archway displays some magnificent stone work from the 15th century

 

Ms. Lee stands under a short doorway

 

This sculpture reminded Ms. Lee of our "Ave verum corpus" performance

 

This tapestry has music instruments and musicians in every window

 

This is a very famous early oil painting that appears in college art textbooks

 

Unicorn was big back then too!

 

Wow!

 

One of the three courtyards at the Cloisters

 

Ms. Lee takes a break from all the glorious treasures

 

This art work was carved on rosewood with the size of a nickle!

 

Several books like this one has real gold characters on the pages

 

Details of another courtyard column

 

Ms. Lee catches a little New York sunshine in the lower courtyard

 

A painting of a dragon from Spain

 

The sanctuary in the Cloisters

 

The main stairway at the Cloisters with its history on one side of the walls

 

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One of the many billboards in Time Square showing Musical Theater performances

 

A statue of George Cohan, one of the American composers, stands in Time Square

 

"Harry Potter", the musical, is in high demand

 

The three golden bears on the wall of the Carnegie Hall

 

Before the dress rehearsal, Philip Glass, the composer of "The Passion of Ramankrishna", came onto the stage to greet everyone

 

The dress rehearsal of "The Passion of Ramakrishna" in Carnegie Hall, New York City

 

Carl St. Claire, the conductor, gave a cheerful speech at the end of the dress rehearsal

 

The sitar rehearsal on the stage of Carnegie Hall

 

The dress rehearsal for the sitar concerto, composed by Ravi Shankar

 

The Box Circle inside of Carnegie Hall

 

House Right Balcony looking down onto the stage

 

Ms. Lee went to the very last row of seats in Carnegie Hall to check the sound. It was superb!

 

A view of the Carnegie Hall stage from the top Balcony area

 

The Green Room on the 6th Floor in Carnegie Hall

 

Ms. Lee plays on a concert grand Steinway in the Green Room, back stage of Carnegie Hall on the 6th floor

 

The sitar concerto, composed by Ravi Shankar and performed by his daughter, Anoushka Shankar

 

Getting ready for "The Passion of Ramakrishna" performance

 

Pacific Symphony Orchestra and Pacific Chorale perform "The Passion of Ramakrishna", composed by Philip Glass, in the Carnegie Hall
Here are the concert reviews from "The New York Times" and "The Orange County Register"

 

The composer and conductor chatted right after they got off the stage after the performance

 

Ms. Lee and the soloist, Betty Lee, in the after concert reception

 

Ravi Shankar performed in Carnegie Hall on April 20, 1986

 

Peter Tchaikovsky was one of the very famous composers who had conducted in the Carnegie Hall in 1892

 

One of Ms. Lee's idol, Sergei Rachmaninoff, had performed in Carnegie Hall

 

Richard Strauss had presented his musical ideas here in the Carnegie Hall, such as the movie music for "The Odyssey of 2001"

 

Italian tenor, Luciano Pavarotti, had performed in Carnegie Hall several times

 

Cellist, Yo-yo Ma, performed in Carnegie Hall many times, starting when he was just nine-years-old

 

Our composer, Philip Glass, performed in Carnegie Hall many times

 

A concert for Freedom by the SNCC Freedom Singers in 1964

 

More concerts paying tributes to worthy causes held concerts in Carnegie Hall

 

The Carnegie Hall in the night lights

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The High Line Park, changing rail way into a park, in New York City by the Hudson River in Manhattan

 

Art work on the High Line Park

 

A sculpture in the High Line Park

 

One more art work at the High Land Park

 

A mural in the High Line Park

 

The rail way is turning into artistic backgraound

 

Part of the rail way is still under construction

 

Part of the rail way has plants all over

 

An interesting and space-saving parking lot in New York

 

Lots of tall buildings being built in New York

 

Ms. Lee's hotel hallway at Park Hyatt, New York

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The following photos were taken at the ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) Conference in
Pasadena, California, between March 14, 2018, and March 17, 2018

Eleven IUSD students, from 6th through 10th grades, had auditioned and were selected to joined the ACDA Honor Chorus.
They spent almost four days together with 400 other students from Western United States to rehearse and perform.

The living room area inside of each room in Residence Inn, Pasadena, California

 

Yes, the sofa turns into a bed

 

Everyone was registered for the event and ready for the first dinner

 

A bunch of great singers ready for some actions

 

The first dinner at Rubio's

 

The first rehearsal on Wednesday, 3/14/18

 

Middle School men section turned out to be the smallest but very powerful section in all three choruses

 

Walk does a body good and gets the singers ready for a rehearsal

 

We have three students in this Middle School Honor Chorus singing three different parts

 

Morning rehearsals are tough for some teenagers

 

Before singing, Dr. Tam invted a famous Er Hu player to speak to the high school students about that instrument

 

The High School Tenor section was extremely important in the song selections

 

Sing out and remember the body movements

 

Different choruses under different conductors learning different songs

 

After a long day of rehearsals, our singers are going to dinner on day two, 3/15/18

 

Take a little break during rehearsal

 

Making new friends

 

Back to singing again

 

Having lunch together at Umami Burgers on Friday, 3/16/18

 

By playing a non-verbal game during the Youth Treble Honor Chorus rehearsal, they found out that our one and only 6th grader was
the youngest singer in this ACDA Conference in Pasadena, California

 

Checking phone messages during a break

 

The Youth Treble Honor Chorus went to perform for the Middle School Honor Chorus during the final rehearsal

 

The Middle School and Youth Treble Honor Choruses conductors, Vincent Oakes and Jessica Nápoles

 

The choral risers for the ACDA Honor Choruses Concert on the stage and set for the "America's Got Talent" show in Pasadena, California

 

"X" marks the spot for the conductors in the ACDA Conference Honors Concert

 

Between the audience and the ACDA Honor Choruses on the stage is this AGT judges' table

 

THe Golden Buzzer for the AGT show

 

ACDA Middle School Honor Chorus during ACDA Conference Honors Concert in Pasadena, California

 

ACDA Youth Treble Honor Chorus during ACDA Conference Honors Concert in Pasadena, California

 

ACDA High School Honor Chorus during ACDA Conference Honors Concert in Pasadena, California

 

Before saying good-bye to Pasadena, Dr. Tam, the High School Honor Chorus conductor, and Ms. Lee took a selfie together
They went to the same high school in Taiwan long time ago

 

 

 

The following photos were taken at the whitewater rafting event on the Snake River,
near Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming on August 15, 2017

Wow!

 

We survived!

 

The following photos were taken at the California Choral Directors Association Conference in July, 2017

Dr. Jerry Blackstone, Vocal Music Chairman at University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, was the head-liner for the conference, at Oakhurst, California

 

The recently retired Pacific Chorale conductor, John Alexander, was the Howard Swan Award receipient at the CCDA Conference

 

All the male vocal teachers lined up to do exercises for male singers' vocal support

 

Vocal teachers worked as students with Dr. Blackstone at the end of the Conducting Master Class

 

A male vocal teacher learning supportive singing with Dr. Jacque Wilson Scharlach, under "Finding the Bel Canto in Your Choral Voice"

 

Ms. Lee sat next to Dr. Blackstone at the Luau dinner

 

Ms. Lee joined Dr. Rob Isted, the new Pacific Chorale conductor, in the "Lobster Festival"
This annual vocal music conference is one way to keep all vocal music teachers engaged and supported!

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The following photos were taken a very long time ago

Ms. Lee was playing the french horn in this photo.

 

Ms. Lee was on her way to perform in the Philippines with the Chinese Children's Orchestra

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The following photos were taken during Summer 2017 in Niagara Falls, Canada

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Look at that waterfall!

 

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Are you on that little boat?

 

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That bird escaped the powerful water fall!

 

Sheets of water

Look at that peaceful rainbow!

 

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How much power do you get from this water fall?

 

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Ms. Lee posted with Nicolai Tesla. He wanted to use the Niagara Falls power to generate electricity.

 

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