We are elated to share episode three of The Next Movement podcast with a guest and colleague that is a phenomenal artist and an inspiration to us here at AMP. Josephine Lee, acclaimed conductor, pianist, producer and arranger has been the President and Artistic Director of the world-renowned Chicago Children’s Choir since 1999. In a thoughtful and wide-ranging discussion, Josephine reveals the moment the students she was leading saved her life, tells the story about how her choir recorded with Chance the Rapper, and explains how one’s intention and mindset can shape the way you connect with others. Podcast host and AMP CEO Dantes Rameau is joined by AMP student baritone Sedreck Whitaker-Baker, AMP choir conductor Brittney Boykin, and Aisha Moody, AMP’s Chief Program Officer.
Delivering a “sensuous and bluesy” performance (The New York Times), Ms. Lee recently sang in the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize finalist Ted Hearne’s Place, which played to critical acclaim at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival. Ms. Lee will reprise her role in the Los Angeles premiere of Place with the LA Philharmonic in March 2020.
In her role as President and Artistic Director of Chicago Children’s Choir (CCC), Ms. Lee has revolutionized the field of youth choral music through cutting-edge performances of diverse repertoire and innovative collaborations with world-class artists. Through her vision and leadership, Ms. Lee has doubled the number of students served to 5,000, tripled the organization’s budget and established CCC as one of Chicago’s premier cultural institutions, solidifying partnerships with renowned arts organizations, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Ravinia Festival and Grant Park Orchestra and directing new works that capture the pulse of contemporary life in the global age.
Hosted by Dantes Rameau, our Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, and recorded at the AMP Center for Performance and Education,The Next Movement podcast features in-depth video interviews with today’s artistic luminaries. In these conversations we discuss the issues of the day, from COVID-19 to childhood upbringings, and structural racism to music education. In addition, each episode features a special Q&A session with young musicians and faculty of the Atlanta Music Project.
Full podcast episodes are available on AMP’s YouTube channel (don’t forget to subscribe!), iTunes, and wherever you enjoy listening to your favorite podcasts. Coming up on episode four: Atlanta artist Fabian Williams.