Keri Lee Pierson is a classically trained soprano & modern musician. She currently (starting Aug. 2021) lives in Bowling Green, Ohio, where she is working on her DMA in Vocal Performance under the tutelage of outstanding faculty & musicians. Planning interesting and audience involved events, with a lean towards contemporary chamber music is her primary focus. In 2021, Keri Lee was approved (contract pending) for a state grant from the FL Department of State to tour and educate around Northeast Florida. She remained an active performer during the Covid-19 pandemic, primarily performing virtually with her award winning voice & guitar duo, Deux Saisons. In December they collaborated with composers, artist Paul Vincenti, Hourglass Brewing & the Timucua Arts Foundation to put on a premiers event in Orlando called DUSK to DAWN. Her duo has also done two interactive performances titled Music & Meditation, and iPlay: An Audience Perspective on New Music. A few more of her unique performances have been hosting a music and wine pairing event, and a once in a lifetime opportunity in 2015 of singing with the Rolling Stones.
Previously, Keri Lee lived and performed in the beautiful Saint Augustine, Florida, where she was an Adjunct Instructor at Flagler College. She also taught young minds music reading skills and music history at Veritas Classical School, sang at Memorial Presbyterian Church as a staff musician and served as the Assistant Director of the St. Augustine Youth Chorus. She holds a Master’s in Vocal Performance from the University of South Carolina, and a Bachelor’s in Vocal performance from the University of Central Florida.
Keri Lee has studied voice with mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway at South Carolina, tenor Dr. Jeremy Hunt at Central Florida and previous Miss America contestant Susan Ward before college. She has also worked with opera director Ellen Shlaefer, and choir directors Dr. Gary Wyatt, Dr. Alicia Walker, and Dr. David Brunner.
Keri Lee Pierson has presented events and concerts throughout the United States and in Europe. She has performed for the Romanza Festivale, Fresh Inc Festival, Groupmuse, the Cortona Sessions for New Music, Yo Me Quedo en Casa, Wired Music, the Brookfield Community Partnership in VT, the At Home Artists Project, various concerts & events at the University of South Carolina and the University of Central Florida, and at many different local venues and churches. Keri Lee played a Street Singer and had solos in Opera at USC’s production of Leonard Bernstein’s MASS in 2018. In 2015, she helped raise awareness and plan an open discussion at UCF with composer, Eric Whitacre. She also plays flute and piccolo.
Beyond her performing, Keri Lee has served her community as the Outreach & Fundraising Chair of the Saint Augustine Community Choir Board of Directors, and was the Communications Chair of the Jacksonville UCF Alumni Chapter.
Having band as a major part of her music history, Keri Lee is a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi and has held leadership positions in her home chapter Eta Sigma, as well as serving on a national committee. A previous member of the Marching Knights, she has also held band leadership positions. At UCF, she was part of the organization LEAD Scholars where she took service classes, attended leadership workshops, and conducted local service projects. Although an active performer, Keri Lee also has an interest in music cognition programs and musicology.