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 places emphasis on broad expressivity, language accuracy, healthy technique, and authentic emotion in performance. Especially as an enthusiastic chorus member, section leader, and ensemble singer, Lea brings fastidious attention to details of rhythm, pitch, and musicality; the ultimate goal always being to tell a story and illuminate shared humanity through music-making.
Lea has worked with Coro Allegro, Et Al. (formerly The Brookline Consort), Greater Boston Stage Company, ACJW Carnegie Hall Fellowship, Harvard Pro Musica, The Performing Arts Connection, Clouds and a Waffle Productions, Songful Artists, Boston Children's Theatre, and many other organizations. She is the alto soloist at Christ Church Needham
where she has also revitalized the youth choir, functioning as its music director and conductor. Most recently she premiered high-romantic, turn-of-the-century works by Stefania Turkewich as part of Longy School of Music’s New Music Marathon. She is adept at performing post-tonal and a-tonal pieces, and has previously premiered “Never Seek to Tell thy Love” by Jobelle Mesa and “Eternal Summer” by Leigh Tooker. She directed the latter, an unaccompanied choral piece for 8-voices, with an 11-person chamber ensemble in which she was also a soprano.
Lea is currently pursuing an M.M. in Vocal Studies at Longy School of Music of Bard College with 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.