Lee ended his 20 year association with the Bell’Arte Singers as Music Director at the end of the 2007 – 2008 season. As of Sept. 2007:
Lee Willingham is Associate Professor of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, where he specializes in music education and choral programs. Prior to his appointment at WLU, he served on the faculty of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of University of Toronto.
He is the founder and former director of the Bell’Arte Singers of Toronto, and has re-established the Laurier Singers Chamber Choir.
Dr. Willingham devotes much time to teacher education and choral singing. He has adjudicated and provided workshops for students and choral conductors across Canada and in the U.S. This year he has worked with the Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festival, MusicFest in Ottawa and London, Ontario Men’s Choral Association, Centre Wellington Choir, Peel Honour Choir, various other ensembles and associations.
He serves as editor of the Canadian Music Educator, a national journal for teachers, and was cochair of the Uniting our Voices national music education symposium at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa in June 2008.