A Message From Our Executive Director
Karen is one of the few voice teachers that believes that vocal production can be taught to ANYONE. Her mother described her childhood singing voice as fingernails on a chalkboard, but with quality training and skills she was able to learn how to sing beautifully. Let us help you build your confidence and find your inner voice.
“I believe there is more to singing than just beautiful tone production. I focus on the foundation of beautiful singing, musicianship, and performance by using my revolutionary level based voice program.”
– Karen Lake, Executive Director
“GOOD NEWS! I was accepted to both Musical Theatre and Acting conservatories at OCSA! I want to thank you for all of your help, support, kindness and time. I truly couldn’t have done it without all your hard work. THANK YOU SO MUCH!”
“I can’t thank you enough for your help with my granddaughter’s audition. It’s just what she needed, and she came back full of enthusiasm and confidence. You went above and beyond, and it is so appreciated. She couldn’t have had a better professional coach.”
“Her success would not have been possible without your work with Renee. She was confident and relaxed at the school audition, which comes from the opportunities and support you have provided her. We can’t thank you enough. We are so blessed to have you as Renee’s teacher and our friend!”
“Thank you SO much! Olivia left today completely excited about the program. 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.”
“Thank you for all your time and heart in nurturing Sarah’s love for voice.”
“My daughter has been training with Karen for the past three years. Karen’s step-by-step approach makes it easy to see improvement, as well as hear it, at the quarterly recitals. Through Karen’s help, she has gone from someone with great vocal potential to ‘Wow, that’s my daughter!’”
“Besides having a golden voice she is friendly and very sweet. She is detailed and very organized too. She is patient and makes sure that my daughter is on track. My daughter and I love her so much!!! My daughter loved the school from day 1.”
Money Back Guarantee: Worried that your student might not like it? We are so sure that you will love our Glee choir programs that we’ll give you your money back if your first day at Glee class isn’t everything you hoped for. So that means that you can register for a class without worries. If Glee isn’t everything you want it to be, just let us know in writing the same day as your first class.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are semi-private lessons?
Studies in the last ten years have found that beginning and intermediate singers move faster in a semi-private lesson rather than traditional private lessons. Our semi-private lessons are small with a minimum of two students and a maximum of three students for 60-minute lesson. Many of our most successful students take semi-private lessons.
What ages do you teach?
Our favorite ages to teach are elementary and middle school, but we find that almost all of our students stay with us until they leave town to pursue their college dreams. With that being said, we have a good mix of elementary, middle school and high school students. And last but not least, we love to teach adults. Adults take voice lessons for very specific reasons and are great about finding a regular practice schedule.
OCSA Audition Program
Karen Lake is the first teacher to create a customized audition prep program for the Orange County School for the Arts. (Formally known as OCHSA) Former and current students of mine have been accepted into both the Musical Theater, Integrated Arts and the Classical Voice programs. Click here to email us for the complete program details.
What grade is ideal for starting?
4th-6th grade is the ideal age to start voice lessons. We have a great fourth grader that started with us in 2nd grade but that is unusual. The only way for a young singer to be successful in our program is that the child, not the parent, wants to take lessons. They must understand that building the voice takes regular practice just like piano lessons. We take younger singers on a trial basis, only after meeting the parent and the child to discuss our program and expectations.
What about recitals?
We believe in performance practice. We always find it a little crazy that some teachers don’t have recitals and don’t teach performance technique. If we teach you to sing beautifully but no one will ever hear you, then what is the point? We have 3-4 recitals a year and it is an essential and positive portion of our vocal studio program.
Karen Lake, Executive Director, Voice Teacher
- Karen earned her Bachelor's degree from BYU and has been teaching 25 years.
- She has conducted school and church choirs and musicals since college.
- Her vocal studio students consistently appear as soloists in choirs, concerts, operas, and musicals at Saddleback Valley and Capo School District, Santa Margarita Catholic High School, and The OC School for the Arts in Santa Ana.
- She enjoys cooking for her family.
- Her favorite colors are hot pink and apple candy red.
- She is a member of the National Association of Teacher of Singing: NATS – LA Chapter.