Mark Nathan Lee isn’t a singer himself.
But he’s using his years of nonprofit, fundraising and community engagement to help the area’s premier choral group.
Lee has joined Mid-Columbia Mastersingers as executive director.
“All the collaboration they have been doing and will be doing — that, to me, is amazing,” Lee said. “The idea of creating community and using the power of music to create a more livable community — that’s a powerful thing to me.”
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Lee will work with Justin Raffa, the Mastersingers artistic director, in the new position.
Mastersingers is an auditioned choir. The group puts on concerts, performs at community events, collaborates with other choirs and performing arts groups, presents the Mid-Columbia Boys’ Choir and even sponsors the Beer Choir: Atomic Chapter, a fun monthly gathering at Paper Street Brewing Co. in Richland.
John Masulonis, the Mastersingers board president, said Lee brings “incredible talent and experience to” the already strong organization.
“We are excited about the change and growth made possible by adding this new position. This exciting move forward enhances our ability to carry out our mission of transforming lives through the power of choral music, especially as we expand our outreach and education efforts,” he said in a statement. “We are looking forward to a very strong future for the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers.”
One of the first events during Lee’s tenure will be the Mid-Columbia Boys’ Choir summer camp, which runs from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 17-20 in Kennewick.
It culminates with a performance of the national anthem at a Tri-City Dust Devils game.
The camp is open to boys with unchanged treble voices entering fourth- through seventh-grades.
Cost is $50, and scholarships are available. To register, go to www.midcolumbiamastersingers.org.
Lee, a New Jersey native, moved to the Tri-Cities in 2006 and has been involved with numerous groups and causes.
He’s past president of the Safe Harbor Support Center/My Friends Place board, vice president of marketing, public relations and membership for the Columbia Basin Badger Club and chairman of the Human Services Coalition.
He started as executive director Aug. 1.