William F. Lee III Music Scholarship Fund
The William F. Lee III Music Scholarship Fund has been created to honor former University of Miami music dean William "Bill" F. Lee III, Ph.D. for his dedication to the School of Music and the profound effect his leadership had on hundreds of musicians and alumni throughout the world.
The fund will be used to scholarship a full-time University of Miami Frost School of Music student in the fields of theory/composition or jazz studies.
Lee, who was dean of UM’s music school from 1964 to 1982, was an accomplished jazz pianist, composer, arranger and educator. He introduced jazz, music-merchandising, and music therapy, into the UM music curriculum. “He was a visionary,” says Whit Sidener, chair of the Department of Studio Music and Jazz at UM’s Frost School of Music. “A lot of the programs he started were emulated by other schools.”
“He attracted scores of students who went on to stardom in the industry,” reflects Shelton G. Berg, the current dean of the UM Frost School of Music. Among them, Bruce Hornsby, Jon Secada, Pat Metheny, and his own son, Will Lee, a bassist best known for his work on the CBS television program “The Late Show with David Letterman.”
Upon Lee’s retirement, UM awarded him two permanent titles: Distinguished Professor of Music Theory and Composition Emeritus and Composer in Residence Emeritus.
Your kind donation is a fitting and meaningful way to pay tribute to Dean Bill Lee’s passionate advocacy for music, while also supporting the University of Miami’s continued tradition of excellence in music performance, education, and research.
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