Lee Stowe

About Me....

Lee Stowe

Lee Stowe was born in 1966 in Shokan, New York.  The son of two music teachers, he began to study piano with his mother when he was four years old.  During his elementary and high school years, he studied piano with Lois Jeffries and Barbara Zimet.  He also learned to play clarinet, bassoon and saxophone from his father, an accomplished clarinetist who also happened to be his Junior High Band director.  In his senior year, he was a Drum Major with the Marching Band.  He graduated from Onteora Jr./Sr. High School in Boiceville, N.Y. in 1984.   

Lee then went on to Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y. to major in Music Education.  He studied piano with Ramon Salvatore and Mary Ann Covert, bassoon with Edward Gobrecht, voice with Marion Hanson, and jazz with Steve Brown, Dave Riley and Dana Wilson.  He received his Bachelor's Degree in 1988.  He would return to Ithaca College during the summers of 1991 to 1994, after which he received his Master's Degree in Music Education.

Lee began his teaching career in 1989.  Over the course of the past twenty-seven years, he has taught both choral and instrumental music at all levels, from elementary to college in schools throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley.  He has taught at Onteora, SUNY Ulster, Hyde Park, Livingston Manor, Germantown and currently at Webutuck, where he has been the Choral and Vocal Jazz Ensemble Director since January of 2009.  He is also an active composer, having written several choral works and a Christmas Cantata. 

When he is not teaching, Lee is active as the Choir Director and Organist for the Reservoir United Methodist Church in Shokan, N.Y., a position he has held since 1989.  He is also a Certified Lay Minister in training for the church.  In addition, he is active as a member of the local area band "No Limit", whom he has been with since 1993.  Lee resides in Woodstock, N.Y. with his wife Margaret, his two daughters Claire and Rose, their dog Cupcake, and their  turtle Tuga.