Director of Music
Leon Lake is an international recitalist, vocal coach, and conductor from West Texas. Mr. Lake first attended South Plains College where he studied voice with Ruby Moultrie, and piano with Wilma Ryan and Dr. Hye-Gyung Ji. Mr. Lake continued his studies at Southern Methodist University where he studied voice with Barbara Hill-Moore.
Mr. Lake is an accomplished pianist and vocalist who has won many national and international competitions including the Leontyne Price Young Artist Competition and NATS.
Mr. Lake has performed extensively in opera and musical theater. His musical theater roles include: Daddy Warbucks in Annie, Beast in Beauty and the Beast, Fats Waller in Ain’t Misbehavin’, Father in Children of Eden, Juan Peron in Evita and Léon in the world premiere of Two Orphans, a role written for him by Theresa Rebeck and Kim Sherman. Mr. Lakes opera roles include: Gluck’s Orfeo, Oberon from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Britten, Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Baba in The Rakes Progress, and Sesto in Giulio Cesare by Handel. Mr. Lake also works as a champion for the music of Black Composers. As an opera coach and vocal consultant for young professional singers Mr. Lake’s students have been in productions on Broadway and in opera houses across America and Europe.
Mr. Lake has served as the Director of Performing Arts at the historic Menaul School since 2016. As a music educator Mr. Lake has taught vocal music, acting, and arts history classes. As a director Mr. Lake has also directed over 30 stage performances.
Mr. Lake has worked in church and sacred music since 2005. In that time, he has worked as a church pianist, accompanist, soloist, arranger, conductor, and music director. Mr. Lake has worked with multiple choirs from almost every denomination and now serves as the music director for First Presbyterian Church of Albuquerque.
Mr. Lake currently lives in Tijeras with his husband Skyler.