Meet November Organ Recital Series Artist Dongho Lee

Meet November Organ Recital Series Artist Dongho Lee

Organist Dongho Lee will perform on Sunday, November 18 as part of the November Organ Recital Series. Get to know the artist-in-residence at Providence United Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC and director of Music Ministries and organist at First Presbyterian Church in Belmont, NC ahead of her performance.

Q: What inspired you to become an organist?

A: What inspired me to become an organist is what inspires many to do so: the power of the instrument in the building. Nothing else (except maybe an earthquake) can shake a building to its core in a way that the congregation (or audience) can feel. I loved the way I could feel the building move when the instrument roared. I also loved its more tender moments. There’s a range of expression that few instruments can achieve. 

Q: What do you look forward to the most whenever you sit at an organ for the first time?

A: What I look forward to most at a new (to me) organ is the ability to get to know it: to listen to individual stops, to get to know its sonic character, both individually and as a whole. Every organ is different, and it’s fun to find what makes each instrument unique.

Q: What sounds to do look forward to hearing played on our Dobson?

A: I’ve heard so many good things about this instrument, and it’s my first experience playing a larger Dobson instrument. I’m really curious to see how it handles a variety of repertoire spanning three centuries as well as  the marriage between this particular building and instrument. 

Hear Dongho perform Sunday at 4 pm. The event is free and open to the public.