A native of Ft. Worth, Texas, Lee graduated from Texas Christian University, cum laude, with a major in music education and a minor in organ performance. As a student of the late Dr. Ruth Whitlock, Lee hones his skills in vocal music education. Through the Choristers Guild Leadership Training Program, Lee studied with Helen Kemp and John Yarrington. Personal mentoring in choral skills combined the best of Lee's experiences with Paul Salamunovich; Mike Kemp; Ronald Shirey; Lara Hoggard; Bev Hensen, and his colleague at the Cathedral for the past seventeen years, Gregory Labus.
As a festival conductor and clinician, Lee has presented workshops, primarily in the area of his work with children's choirs, throughout the United States. He has served as clinician for the National Choristers Guild summer seminars in both Grand Rapids and Kansas City. In 1987, he conducted the five-hundred-voice choir for the Papal Mass held in San Antonio. In 1993, he served as conductor of the Papal Mass in Denver, conducting over seven hundred young singers for the International World Youth Day Festival.
Recognized as one of the finest Cathedral Music Programs in the United States, the Choirs of Corpus Christi Cathedral have toured throughout Europe and the United States and have also been invited to sing Mozart's Requiem in St. Peter's Basilica and the Audience Hall of the Pope. The Youth Chorale and Choristers performed at the National Association of Pastoral Musicians convention held in Dallas, Texas in 1998, and presented an encore performance in Orlando, Florida, in July 2000. The choirs have recorded numerous CDs, including Corpus Christi Carols, a collection of Christmas favorites, and Chant Corpus Christi - Gregorian in Goliad, both available from WLP.
Lee's Singing FUNdamentals Toy Box and related videos and DVDs have received rave reviews from vocal experts and users alike:
"I started a children's choir last fall and began right off using Lee Gwozdz's toy box. I was amazed at the result. Believe it or not, the punching dinosaur even worked with the adult choir. Thanks to WLP for that box of magic!" -- Charles Thatcher, composer and music director, Orlando, FL