The Fellowship is delighted to announce that our Music Director, Jie Yi, has graduated with a PhD in Music from Manhattan School of Music after studying there from 2016-2019.

 His conducting mentor is Kent Tritle, who is the Music Director at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Jie’s studies with Mr. Tritle concentrated in early music, conducting Messe de Minuit by Charpentier, Musikalische Exequien by Schütz, and Missa O quam gloriosum by Victoria at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Jie also conducted Handel’s coronation anthem, Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened, at Riverside Church, and Bach’s St. John Passion (excerpts) at the Oregon Bach Festival during his study period.

 His dissertation, Chinese for Singers: A Pinyin Guide—Diction and Phonetics is the first comprehensive guide for Western singers to use in singing Chinese texts.  His thesis advisor, Kathryn LaBouff, is one of the best English coaches in the world and also teaches at Juilliard School of Music.

The Fellowship congratulates Jie on this most impressive academic achievement. We are so proud and lucky to have him as our Music Director. And please be sure to call him Dr. Yi!