Jacob Lay

Jacob Lay, Baritone, is an Atlanta native who has studied and performed in various venues across the US. He holds degrees in Vocal Performance from Simpson College in Indianola, IA and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He has performed regularly with several opera companies including Cedar Rapids Opera, Marble City Opera, Knoxville Opera, and The Atlanta Opera. He has premiered several roles recently including The Thug in ‘I Can’t Breathe’ by Leslie Burrs and Brandon Gibson, and Charlie in ‘Charlie and the Wolf’ by Dave Ragland Jr. and Mary McCallum. He is passionate about the performance and appreciation of under-represented composers of all types, but has dedicated much of his study and repertoire to the music of African-American composers like William Grant Still, Florence Price, and Dorothy Rudd Moore.