MIUSc: MUSIc with a twist

 Kevin Takahide Lee

Fourth generation Chinese Japanese Canadian, Kevin Takahide Lee descends from a family who experienced the head tax and the Japanese Canadian Internment of WWII. Growing up in BC’s Lower Mainland he witnessed the challenges his family and immigrants faced regarding accessibility to services and preservation of their culture. This would lead Kevin to work in the performing arts and advocacy.

 He is the creator, director and conductor of the Newcomers’ Choir, is a seasoned performer. Currently he performs in the provincial award winning Surrey ReEnactment (where he portrays veteran Zennosuke Inouye). In addition, he has participated in panels and conferences concerning ‘Truth and Reconciliation’ and is a Mentor of the disability and family lead organization PLAN.

Tenor Kevin Takahide Lee has a Bachelor's of Music in Opera Performance from the University of British Columbia and a Master's of Music in Voice Performance from The University of Western Ontario. He teaches for the city of Burnaby, and is involved with musical and theatrical productions throughout the Lower Mainland. 

Some of Kevin's top moments of 2017 has included directing the Newcomers' Choir, returning to the role of Zennosuke, and being on exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights.

Past notable activities has included Vancouver Opera chorus, Vancouver Asian Actor Theatre, the Inspirit Panel and portraying the role of a father in a Children's Hospital PSA and Untold Stories of the ER.

When not busying himself with the performing arts, Kevin can be found volunteering for the Powell Street Festival Programming Committee or exercising.


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