Making a difference with music

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Saturday, July 6, 2013


Aileen Lee, now married to Dr. Derrick Li, was born in Cebu city but left the country at age 15. A soprano, she said she started singing at the age of four. Of this she says “(I) loved it almost immediately. I loved to be on stage. I sang in many competitions while growing up in Cebu. I knew singing was going to be a huge part of my life…I just did not know how much it would impact my life!” She loves all types of music, but, she adds, maybe “not hard rock, reggae or rap perhaps because I cannot sing them. But when I listen to music I try to be open-minded and listen to a variety.”

She left Cebu for Canada and has lived in Toronto ever since. She finished high school at the Albert Campbell Collegiate Institute and went to Tyndale College and University for a bachelor’s degree in Sacred Music and a Master’s degree in liturgical studies. She worked as a choir and music director until she had children. She is married to a physician with whom she has two children, Anika, age eight, and Joshua, age five, who both love to sing and play the piano. She is currently a “full-time stay-at-home mom and a part time singer.”

Aileen Lee
Aileen Lee

Aileen explains, “I love being able to sing whenever I can and still be able to stay home and be with my children. I am currently the president of the Toronto Cantata Chorus and I am a guest soloist for many music events in the greater Toronto area. I normally perform with an orchestra once or twice a year.”

She is also the music and worship coordinator of her church and thus she says, “Most of the things that I do outside of family is music-related.”

Aileen has sung in practically all the states of the United States of America, except Alaska, a few provinces in Canada (Alberta, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Quebec and Toronto). She has also sung in Europe, Hong Kong and Bermuda, and will be traveling to Jamaica to sing in the Fall of this year.

She is scheduled to sing with the choir Voices tonight at the Marco Polo Plaza hotel as well as with other local artists.

Among her solo numbers will be Wishing You Were Here Somewhere Here Again, Think of Me and I Dream a Dream. A duet she will sing with Kelie Ko will be All I Ask of You. As this will be for the benefit for The Living Christian Church, there will be gospel and sacred music among the featured songs.

Aileen, who usually sings for Christian churches, says: “I am truly blessed to be able to do what I love and somehow still make a difference in people’s lives. Singing was never a career choice but I am thankful that it became my life’s calling. To sing not
only for the mere enjoyment of singing but to sing and bring glory to God.”

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 07, 2013.

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