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CSSMA Appoints Dr. Tereza Lee as the Director of Programs and Productions!

Updated: Dec 2, 2022

The Church Street School for Music & Art Admin Team!

New York, NY. -- Church Street School for Music and Art is thrilled to announce that

Dr. Tereza Lee will be joining the CSSMA administrative team as the new Director of Programs and Productions. Dr. Lee succeeds Toby Wine, who has been a part of the CSSMA faculty and family since 2005, and served as the Director of Programs for a decade.

Dr. Lee is an accomplished pianist, educator, and activist who has been a member of faculty at the Church Street School for Music and Art for 14 years. Dr. Lee has taught and developed curriculum and programs at the Manhattan School of Music since 2011, and has performed as a guest soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as at Carnegie Hall. Her role in helping to inspire Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois to introduce the DREAM Act has been documented in The New York Times, NPR, USA Today, The Economist, NY1, and WNYC. Tereza’s story was recently featured in the PBS documentary Asian Americans, as well as the children’s book 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed the World (Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls). In addition to helping make possible her academic and performance careers, as well as initiating her role as an immigrant rights activist, the mentorship she received at Merit School of Music in Chicago helped instill in her a deep love and understanding of the nonprofit arts community.

“I’m so excited and grateful to be a part of this next chapter in Church Street School’s growth and development,” said Dr. Lee. “I cannot wait to get started on helping to further maximize the potential of this very special and nurturing community we’ve created.”

“Although we are deeply saddened to see Toby leave, we could not be more excited to have Dr. Lee on the team,” CSSMA Executive Director Piruz Partow said. “Her intimate knowledge of Church Street School as a long-time faculty member, wealth of arts education experience both as a student and a faculty member, and understanding of the importance of community action in creating change are sure to serve as an asset to the school and the CSSMA community at large. We are so excited to have her on board!”


Make More Music. Make More Art.

Founded in 1990, Church Street School for Music and Art is a unique community school for the arts in lower Manhattan that has dedicated itself to public programming and outreach, serving more than 15,000. Learn more at

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