Became a Director in January of 2013
Current term ends December 31, 2018
Born and raised in Coos Bay, Lee lived with her family in Englewood while she was growing up. Well-known in the community for her dazzling performances on the Egyptian’s Mighty Wurlitzer, Lee began her music lessons in the second grade. She credits the music education she got at Coos Bay schools, including Marshfield High School, with her successful career. After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree from Willamette University and a Master’s in Music Education from the University of Oregon, she was a music teacher in Salem and North Bend.
It was in the Christmas Season of 1974 that Lee and other musicians presented the first “Sounds of Christmas” concert at the Egyptian Theatre, a tradition that has continued through the years. It’s due in part to her musical connection to that Mighty Wurlitzer that Lee has devoted so much of her time to the ETPA, which, she said, has been “proactive about the care and maintenance of the organ and has implemented major improvements, as well”. Lee has taken a leadership role in the ETPA as Vice President. She demonstrated significant fundraising skills and planned and organized the Egyptian’s Grand Re-Opening. For her close to 40 years service to the Egyptian Theatre, Lee has been awarded the designation of Golden Charioteer. She looks forward to sitting at the organ console in the beautiful, restored Egyptian Theatre and transporting movie patrons into the world of theater organ music as it can only be played on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
Lee and her husband Jon are Founding and Lifetime Members of the ETPA.