Jazz vocalist Ranee Lee appointed Assistant Professor at Schulich, wins CALQ award

Published: 11 May 2023

The Schulich School of Music is proud to announce that renowned jazz vocalist Ranee Lee will join its Performance Department in a new role as Assistant Professor in the Jazz Area. Her appointment begins on August 1, 2023. 

The announcement of Lee’s new position coincides with a second special honour. On May 29, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) named her Compagne des arts et des lettres du Québec in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the development and excellence of Quebec arts and literature 

We’re absolutely delighted to have Ranee Lee take on this new role in our Jazz Area and congratulate her on being named Compagne des arts et des lettres du Québec, said Sean Ferguson, dean of the Schulich School of Music. 

Ranee Lee is more than just a world-class musician; she's an inspiring teacher,” said Rémi Bolduc, Associate Professor and Jazz Area Coordinator at Schulich. “Her dedication to her students and her passion for going above and beyond the standard lesson plan are truly admirable. I am thrilled that she will be joining the jazz faculty at McGill.” 

Ms. Lee has been involved with Schulich as a part-time vocal instructor since 1987 and played a central role in the development of the School’s jazz program. She has been a fixture in the Montreal jazz scene for longer than that, winning awards as both a musician and educator. She was named a member of the Order of Canada in 2006 and received the Oscar Peterson Award from the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal in 2022. You can learn more about Ranee Lee in her recent In Conversation. 

Congratulations Ranee! 


Located in downtown Montreal, Canada, the Schulich School of Music embodies the highest international standards of excellence in professional training and research. We're known for our programs in orchestra, opera, jazz, early music, and contemporary music, and our leadership in sound recording and music technology creates unique possibilities for collaborations with the music community at large. 


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