International Council for Traditions of Music and Dance

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

李忠顺 Lee Tong Soon, PhD, MBA, LRSM, ICTMD Secretary General

Lee Tong Soon has taught in music departments at the University of Durham, U.K. (1998–2001), Emory University, U.S.A. (2001–2013), Chinese University of Hong Kong (2013–2017) where he was recruited as Professor and Department Chair (2013–2016) and also appointed Director of the Centre for Chinese Music Studies (2013–2017), Graduate Institute of Ethnomusicology of the National Taiwan Normal University (2016-2017), and joined Lehigh University, U.S.A. as the Department Chair in 2018.

Tong Soon’s areas of research are Southeast and East Asian music, and specifically on Islamic and Chinese musical practices in Singapore and in diasporic Asian communities. His publications include Chinese Street Opera in Singapore (University of Illinois Press, 2009) and the Routledge Handbook of Asian Music: Cultural Intersections (2021), and he has conducted research projects on Chinese music and migration in the UK (2006), Peranakan music in Singapore (2012), Cantonese music in the UK (2014), and on Cantonese popular music in post-war Hong Kong (2016). A student of Endang Sukandar in Bandung, West Java, he specialises in the West Javanese suling (vertical bamboo flute). He studied West Javanese gamelan degung with the late Euis Komariah (1949–2011) and Andrew Weintraub, Central Javanese gamelan with René T. A. Lysloff, and Korean drum-dance with the late Lee Yong Tae at the Seoul Institute of the Arts, South Korea. At Emory, he was the founding director of the world music programme and the Asian Music Festival (2012, 2013) which comprised seven student ensembles in Chinese music, gamelan degung, Korean samul nori, Korean kayagum, North Indian music, South Indian music, and Tibetan folk music.

Most recently, Tong Soon served as the General Editor of the Yearbook for Traditional Music (2018–2022), the journal of the International Council for Traditions of Music and Dance. He was a council member of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) (2000–2003), editor of the SEM Newsletter (2000–2006), Chair of the Local Arrangements Committee for the SEM 50th National Conference (2005), a member on the SEM Board of Directors (2007–2009), and the Chair of the Program Committee for the International Musicological Society East Asian Regional Association Conference (2015). He has also served as the President of the Society for Asian Music (2007–2011), a member of the Ethnomusicology Advisory Committee of the College Music Society (2008–2010) and the Editorial Advisory Board of the SEM Translation Series (2008–2014), and has served on review panels at the National Endowment for the Arts (USA) and the National Arts Council (Singapore).

Lee Tong Soon
Lee Tong Soon