Karen Lake believes there is more to singing than just beautiful tone production. She focuses on the foundation of beautiful singing and musicianship through level based competencies. Vocal Expertise Levels: There are three expertise levels in the Karen Lake Studio. These competencies include breathing, vocal beauty, agility, harmony, musicianship and performance. By using her unique roadmap of competencies, Mrs. Lake has created a revolutionary way to teach vocal instruction, which is less expensive than traditional private lessons and takes less time for the singer to see improvement. Her students study voice through classical, musical theater and even pop repertoire.
OCSA Audition Program: Karen Lake is the first teacher to create an audition prep program for the Orange County School for the Arts. (Formally known as OCHSA) Former and current students have been accepted into both the musical theater program and the Classical Voice program. Background: Mrs. Lake has earned a Bachelor of Education Degree from Brigham Young University in Utah. A past certified and accredited teacher, she has taught in public schools in Utah and California, conducted school and church choirs, and directed musicals. Her students appear as soloists in choirs, concerts, operas, and musicals at El Toro and Trabuco Hills High School, Foothill and Portola Hills Elementary, RSM, Los Alisos and La Paz Intermediate, and last but not least; The Orange County School for the Arts in Santa Ana. Here’s what parents are saying about Karen Lake: “Thank you for all your time and heart in nurturing Sarah's love for voice.” -- Daisy Sparks (OCSA Opera Mom)
"Thank you SO much! Olivia left today completely excited about the program. As soon as we arrived home she brought out her materials and went over her assignment with me, then disappeared into her room to practice. I explained that she could likely wait until tomorrow to practice, but she wanted to dive in immediately. She has complete faith, having met you and knowing some of your students, that you will be a fantastic teacher who can help her reach her potential. Thank you!” -- Theresa
“I can’t thank you enough for your help with my granddaughter’s audition. Cutting the CD’s, coaching her to bring out her best, giving her the advice about the type of accompanist she should have for her chosen music, the need for guitar or piano and many other extras you offered to her. It’s just what she needed & she came back full of enthusiasm & confidence. You went above and beyond and it is so appreciated. She couldn’t have had a better professional coach.” -- Shirley Demmon
“My daughter Kathleen has been taking singing lessons from Karen Lake for two years and has thrived under Karen's guidance. Not only has Karen improved and refined Kathleen's natural singing talent, Kathleen has learned life lessons under Karen's guidance. Kathleen has learned the value of hard work and the repercussions of not giving one hundred percent of her ability and effort. Karen has helped boost Kathleen's self-confidence and belief in her own abilities. She has taught her that when something goes wrong she needs to push through it, and continue to do her best. I am thrilled that we found Karen, she and her family have been a blessing.” -- Melissa Riggert
“Thank you for hosting another great recital. My piano teacher never had recitals. As a kid, I thought this was great, but as an adult I realize how much I would have gained. "We are so pleased with the progress and confidence Renee has gained in the years she has been working with you. The confidence she has gained in your classes is apparent in other aspects of her life. She so looks forward to her time with you. We are so blessed to have found you!!” -- Kathy Gentry
“Karen Lake is a true professional as a voice instructor. She is an incredible and wonderful teacher that challenges each student, yet makes it fun and rewarding. Karen has worked with my son the past three years and has helped him obtain lead vocal roles in musical theatre, acceptance in a performing arts school, and much more! I highly recommend Karen for anyone who wants to pursue their passion and succeed personally and vocally.” - Gigi V.