Lea Baker - Master Director
Lea Baker is the founder and Musical Director of Endeavour Harmony Chorus. Growing up in a musical family where harmony singing was common, Lea developed a wonderful ear and a passion for harmony singing.
Lea joined a local Sydney chorus in 1988 and spent six years with them, becoming Lead Section Leader and eventually Assistant Director. To fulfil her dream of leading a chorus of her own, in 1996 Lea formed the Endeavour Harmony Chorus.
A Certified Master Director, Lea is also a skilled vocal coach. An avid learner, she travels to the US often to attend educational workshops and competitions.
Lea now shares her knowledge and enthusiasm throughout the Australian region, coaching choruses and quartets on a regular basis. Lea is also seasoned quartet singer (baritone). Her quartet 'Andiamo' competed on the regional competition stage for the 6th time in 2011. They have always placed in the top 5 at regional contest since they started competing. In 2011 and 2012 'Andiamo' placed 2nd overall.
Lea is a member of the Regional Education Faculty of Sweet Adelines Australia, and in 2011 was invited by the board of SAI to be part of the International Faculty of Sweet Adelines International.
In April 2009 and 2010, Lea was appointed to the Editorial Review Board of Sweet Adelines International.
In July 2009, Lea was awarded the prestigious Anne Gooch award by Sweet Adelines International. This award recognises her achievements in education and promotion of barbershop harmony singing in Australia. Lea was presented the award in October at the 2009 International Convention in Nashville, USA.
In October 2011, Lea decided to give up her corporate job to concentrate on singing, teaching and coaching full time. She has a private voice studio in Peakhurst Heights, NSW. Info at www.raiseyourvoice.net.au
Lea has also recently produced an iPAD app that helps kids learn to sing harmonies in a fun way. Info at www.harmonyhamsters.com
Contact Lea at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lea receiving the Ann Gooch award in Nashville October 2009, from Ann Gooch.