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Thomas Oboe Lee was born in China in 1945. He lived in São Paulo, Brazil, for six years before coming to the United States in 1966. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, he studied composition with William Thomas McKinley, George Russell and Gunther Schuller at the New England Conservatory (1972-76); with Betsy Jolas at Tanglewood (1976) and Earl Kim at Harvard University (1977-81). He currently teaches at Boston College.

Mr. Lee has received many awards for his work, among them the Rome Prize Fellowship, the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, two Guggenheim Fellowships, two National Endowment for the Arts Composers Fellowships, two Massachusetts Artists Fellowships, First Prize at the Kennedy Center Friedheim Awards for his String Quartet No. 3 … “child of Uranus, father of Zeus,” the Georges Enesco International Composition Prize, the Koussevitzky Tanglewood Composition Prize, recording grants from the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, residencies at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony and the Charles Ives Center in Danbury, CT, and Charleston, SC.

In 1984, Esquire magazine selected him as one of two composers in its First Annual Register, “The Best of the New Generation: Men and Women Under 40 Who are Changing America.” He has been commissioned by Amnesty International USA, the Thoreau Society, the Fromm Music Foundation, the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Boston Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Civic Symphony Orchestra of Boston, the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, the Lydian, Kronos, Artaria, Manhattan, and Hawthorne String Quartets, the Díaz Trio, the Raphael Trio, Madam Rubio, the Arto Ensemble, Marimolin, Alea III, Collage, Apple Hill Chamber Players, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and the Cambridge Chamber Players. Additional orchestral performances include those by the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Keith Lockhart, the Charleston Symphony with David Stahl, and the American Composers Orchestras with Gunther Schuller. His music is recorded on GM, MCA Classics, Northeastern and Nonesuch Records. A compact disk of his music featuring the Hawthorne String Quartet has been released on Koch International Classics. Mr. Lee is also active as a jazz flutist. A recording of his band, Departed Feathers, is available on GM Recordings.


For more information, please visit www.thomasoboelee.com


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Inman Diaries, The Chamber Opera in 2 Acts (2007) -- 100'
Cast: 3 Soprano, 2 Mezzo-soprano, 2 Tenor, 2 Baritone
Instr: Cl. Hp. Perc. Vln. Vla. Vcl. Cb. Perc: Triangle, Wood-blocks, Maracas, Claves, Snare Drum, Bass Drum
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Commission Information: Commissioned by Intermezzo, John Whittlesey, Artistic Director
Premiere Information: 14th, 15th, 16th September, 2007. New England Chamber Opera Series, presented by Intermezzo. Tower Auditorium Theater, Mass College of Art, Boston, Massachusetts.
Additional Information: Libretto by Jesse J. Martinm, based on the life and writings of Arthur Crew Inman, and the play "Visitations" by Lorenzo DeStefano Arthur Crew Inman (1919 – 1963) was a Boston recluse who obsessively kept a diary which ultimately ran to 155 volumes, with the hope of publishing it in order to guarantee his immortality. In it, he recorded “conversations” with people whom he would pay to tell him the stories of their lives, in intimate detail. Hardly a dispassionate observer, he had a particular interest in young women, and was known to have been sexually involved with several of his interviewees.