Kennedy Center Citizen Artist, Alysia Lee has a full circle role as an artist, arts educator, teaching artist, and policymaker. This gives her a broad perspective of the arts ecosystem. Lee receives national recognition for advancing access, equity, and decolonization with artists, organizations, and communities. Her methods center on anti-racism, creativity, and justice.
She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Sister Cities Girlchoir (SCG), the El Sistema-inspired, girl empowerment choral academy in Philadelphia, Camden, and Baltimore in its tenth season. Lee was selected from an international pool of applicants to the third cohort of the Sistema Fellowship at New England Conservatory in 2011.
Lee is the education program supervisor for Fine Arts Education for the Maryland State Department of Education across five arts disciplines: music, dance, visual art, theatre, and media arts. She supports the statewide arts learning community and advances arts-rich, lifelong learning in and through the arts for all Marylanders. She is the President-Elect of the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE).
Alysia is the series editor of Hal Leonard’s Exigence for Young Voices, the new choral series uplifting Black and Latino composers for young choir ensembles. Her piece Say Her Name is published by Hal Leonard. She has recent composition commissions from Baltimore Choral Arts, Portland Lesbian Choir, and GALA Choruses.
Additionally, she is a Board member of Chorus America.