Jonathan Lee

Jonathan Lee, Ph.D.

Division of Musicology; Arnold Shaw Center, Director



Jonathan Rhodes Lee, Associate Professor, is a musicologist with interests in both eighteenth-century topics (particularly the works of George Frideric Handel) and film music.

Lee is currently completing a book, Film Music in the Sound Era: A Research and Information Guide, under contract with Routledge, and is also editing Handel’s oratorio Joseph and His Brethren for the Hallische Händel-Ausgabe. Other recent publications include an article for Cambridge Opera Journal, an edition of the harpsichord works of Pierre Nicolas La Font for A-R Editions; and contributions as author, contributing editor, and editorial board member for the A-R Online Music Anthology.

He has also presented papers at the conferences of the American Musicological Society, the American Handel Society, the Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (UK), the Handel Institute (UK), and the Society for American Music, among others. His work has been supported by the James R. Anthony Endowment (funded by the American Musicological Society and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) and the Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Foundation.

Lee is also active as a performing harpsichordist, and has issued recordings on the MSR Classics and Equilibrium labels. He holds his Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley, where his primary advisers were Davitt Moroney, John H. Roberts, and Mary Ann Smart. He also obtained degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Colgate University. From 2002–2003, Lee was a Fulbright Scholar at the Royal Conservatorium of the Hague, Netherlands, where he studied with Jacques Ogg.