Emily Lee currently serves as Music Director at Zion Lutheran Church in Naperville and is a board member for David's Harp, a nonprofit corporation that supports Christian churches, schools, and missions through the creation of musical resources and strategic planning to establish a place "Where music brings Christ into the world." 

She began learning the piano from her mom around the age of six and then organ as a sophomore in high school. She has since served several LCMS parishes as a substitute or principal organist. While at Valparaiso University, she participated in a study abroad program at the Hochschule für Kirchenmusik (College for Church Music) in Rottenburg am Neckar, Germany. There she took lessons in piano, organ literature, and organ improvisation. Upon graduating from V.U., she completed her Service Playing Certificate through the American Guild of Organists and went on to teach several beginning piano pupils in the parish communities in which she served in both Chesterton, Indiana, and Alexandria, Virginia.


  • MA, Theology - Concordia Theological Seminary; Fort Wayne, IN
  • BA, Church Music and German - Valparaiso University; Valparaiso, IN

Academic and Professional Highlights

Awards and Honors

Valparaiso University:

  • Graduated summa cum laude 
  • Christ College Honors College Associate
  • Goethe Institute Award as outstanding V.U. German student
  • Walther M. Miller Memorial Prize in German
  • Ronald G. Reidenbach Prize in Music
  • V.U. Distinguished Student Award for College of Arts and Sciences

Prior Positions

  • Immanuel Lutheran Church, Alexandria, VA, Kantor, 2013–2018
  • Immanuel Lutheran School, Alexandria, VA, Music Teacher, 2013–2017‚Äč
  • St. Paul Lutheran Church, Chesterton, IN, Director of Music, 2009–2012
  • Valparaiso University Acting Director of Chapel Music, 2011