FLP Workshop 2009

Keynote Speaker

Tong Soon Lee
"Music, Soundscape and Cultural Sustainability"

Associate Professor
Musicology/Ethnomusicology
Emory University

Tong Soon Lee is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh (PhD 1998; MA 1995) and University of Durham, UK (MBA, 2002; BA Hons., 1993). He holds an Advanced Certificate in Asian Studies (Pittsburgh, 1998) and also the licentiate diplomas in piano performance from the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM, 1993) and Trinity College of Music, London (LTCL, 1990). Prior to joining Emory, Tong Soon was a Lecturer in Music at the University of Durham (1998-2001).

Tong Soon's research focuses on Southeast and East Asian music, with particular interests in Singapore and the musical practices of diasporic Asian communities. He has worked with the Islamic community in Singapore on the religious significance in the musical processes of the Islamic call to prayer, on performing arts and nationalism in Singapore, and with the Chinese community in England on Cantonese opera and issues of migration and multiculturalism in Britain. His book, Chinese Street Opera in Singapore is published by the University of Illinois Press (2009).

In 2006, Tong Soon was appointed to the Music Advisory Committee of the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators in the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Society for Ethnomusicology and serves as the President of the Society for Asian Music.