Makeena is an award-winning pianist, singer, and songwriter from the American Midwest.
Her international musical talents have been showcased on luxury cruise lines and 5-star hotels across the world, including Disney Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Holland America Line, and Grand Hyatt Hotels.
Having studied piano since age 5, Makeena has been performing and writing music her whole life. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she also studied voice and piano & vocal pedagogy.
She was also a selected member of the WSMA State Honors Choir and the UWM Women's Symphonic Chorus. Recently, Makeena Lee was chosen to perform an artist residency at the Grand Hyatt Fukuoka in Fukuoka, Japan.
Her songwriting has been featured for the Educational Foundation Fukuoka Seikei Gakuen (FFLC & FICC) Fukuoka International Communication College in Japan, on the American News Blog Huffington Post, and with New York City collaborative artist project W4Y "What Are You Waiting For", pending video release in December of 2016.
Makeena has a vast and diverse repertoire that spans across many genres & styles.
Her ability to both read music and play by ear allow her to improvise, arrange, and transpose music on the spot, as well as accompany herself and other singers or instrumentalists.
She enjoys infusing modern pop songs with classical ornaments/themes and jazz & R&B syncopation.
-The Producers Club (New York City)
-Grand Hyatt Fukuoka - Resident Artist (Fukuoka, Japan)
-MS Disney Wonder, 2014 DCL Musician of the Year (Eastern/Western Caribbean & Alaska)
-MS Disney Dream (Eastern Caribbean)
-MS Norwegian Escape (Germany & Caribbean/US Virgin Islands)
-MS Norwegian Breakaway (Bermuda)
-MS HAL Nieuw Amsterdam (Mediterranean)
-MS Norwegian Jewel (Central America & Caribbean)
-General Mitchell International Airport (Milwaukee, WI)
-Rahr West Art Museum (Milwaukee, WI)
-The Producer's Club (New York City)
-WSMA State Honors Choir (Milwaukee, WI)
-UWM Women's Symphonic Chorus
-Vocal Productions NYC - L'elisir d'amore, Donizetti (New York City)
-Kalliope Vocal Arts - Songs for a New World, Die Walkure, Dido & Aeneas (Milwaukee, WI)
-UWM Opera Scenes - Die Zauberflote, Britten's Albert Herring, Gounod's Romeo et Juliet, Die Fledermaus, Le nozze di Figaro, Boys From Syracuse (Milwaukee, WI)
-National Association of Teachers of Singing
-University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Women's Chorus
-WSMA District & State Solo & Ensemble
Pianist, accompanist, vocalist, songwriter, composer, and arranger for weddings, voice & instrument lessons, choral/orchestral ensembles, operas, musicals, studio recordings, special events, rehearsals, auditions, & recitals