Lea Peterson is a Boston-based singer, music director, vocal arranger, and voice teacher. As a classically trained mezzo-soprano Lea has an active soloist and ensemble career as well as being a sought-after private voice coach, teaching artist, and conductor. In every performance Lea is dedicated to emotive musicality, healthy technique, language accuracy, and authentic emotional expression. Lea brings fastidious attention to details of rhythm, pitch, and musicality, especially as a chorus member, section leader, and ensemble singer; always striving for the ultimate goal of telling a story and illuminating shared humanity through music and arts.
Lea has worked with Et Al. (formerly The Brookline Consort), ACJW Carnegie Hall Fellowship, Harvard Pro Musica, Clouds and a Waffle Productions, Songful Artists, The Very Merry Dickens Carolers, and many other organizations.
She is currently the alto soloist at Hancock United in Lexington and previously sang at Christ Church Needham where she also revitalized the youth choir, functioning as its music director and conductor. Most recently she performed Amy Beth Kirsten's fire (from Saviour) as part of a vocal trio as well as giving her Masters recital entitled The Multiplicty of Eve. Lea is adept at performing post-tonal, atonal, and new works. She premiered Joi Harper's piece unshakeable in May of 2021 and previously debuted high-romantic, turn-of-the-century works by Stefania Turkewich as part of Longy School of Music’s New Music Marathon. Other premieres include “Never Seek to Tell thy Love” by Jobelle Mesa, which was written specifically for Lea's voice alongside double bass and piano, as well as “Eternal Summer” by Leigh Tooker -- an unaccompanied choral piece for 8-voices, which Lea directed with an 11-person chamber ensemble in which she was also a soprano.
As a private teacher Lea maintains a voice studio in Somerville, where she teachers students of all ages and abilities, always prioritizing healthy vocal technique and pedagogical knowledge to empower her students as well as to give them an arsenal of tools with which they can approach and perform music of any style or genre. Lea is also a highly regarded workshop leader and group coach, often being invited into high schools, colleges, and community choirs to lend her expertise in regards to ensemble music making, vocal arranging, and conducting. She is currently the choral director at Boston Latin Academy and works as a visiting accompanist and music director at Bridgewater State University. Utilizing her musical talent alongside her background in theatre and musical theatre, Lea has worked at The Winsor School, Roxbury Latin, The Performing Arts Connection, Greater Boston Stage Company, Boston Children's Theatre, and many other schools and community theatres as a music director for nearly a dozen full-length musical productions.
Lea completed her M.M. in Vocal Studies at Longy School of Music of Bard College with a 4.0 GPA under studio teacher Pamela Dellal. She previously earned a B.A. in Music from Skidmore College, graduating summa cum laude with Honors in Music after only 3 years. She studied with soprano Sylvia Stoner-Hawkins and took notable masterclasses with Robert Glasper and Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon. In 2012 Lea was one of 6 singers to be awarded the Ensign Darling Vocal Fellowship at the Bushnell Center for the Arts, studying with teacher Joanne Scattergood, coach Starr Cookman, and taking masterclasses with Sondra Kelly, Ellie Ellsworth, Kristin Huffman and many others.