Conservatory Leadership



Coordinator, Strings and Orchestra Program; Orchestra Conductor

Teaches: 7/8 Grade String Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Music

As a violist, Dr. Nicholaus Yee completed his doctoral studies at the USC Thornton School of Music, where he was the teaching assistant to Dr. Pamela Goldsmith and Professor Donald McInnes, and attended as a full fellowship recipient. In addition to his viola studies, he is trained as an instrumental conductor, early music specialist, and music educator, topics he minored in as part of the rigorous and multifaceted program at USC. 

Dr. Yee has been a member of the USC Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, the USC Early Music Ensemble, and Pacific Symphony. Dr. Yee has performed with such musical legends as Yo-Yo Ma, Bobby McFerrin, Lynn Harrell, Doc Severinsen, Gary Graffman, and David Shifrin. Conductors he has worked with include Carl St.Clair, John Williams, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sergiu Comissiona, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, and Lucinda Carver. Dr. Yee is a member of the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra and the Redlands Symphony. 

A dedicated educator, Dr. Yee has taught privately for more than 20 years and in various capacities at public schools and youth orchestras. His teaching philosophy centers on the love of music, fostering achievement through discipline and methodical practice, and he encourages a close partnership in teaching and learning music with his students.

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