We strive to offer the opportunity for high-quality vocal lessons, coaching, & performance training in classical, musical theatre, and popular styles to students young & old, at all levels from beginner to professional. You don't need to be an advanced singer to join us– the only requirement is an interest in singing and the desire to learn & improve! What is advanced is our personalized approach and dedication to detail, within the framework of a stimulating, serious, yet fun learning environment that challenges each student individually to grow and develop their skills. But as a teacher I also realize that not everyone aspires to become a soloist, so while we have regularly uncovered 'diamonds in the rough’, I'm always happy to help people who simply want to discover their voice & sing for their own pleasure.
Unlike some vocal studios, at OVA we don’t hand-pick only the most obviously talented individuals who come to us. While indeed we can and do help both working & aspiring performers to excel and achieve their goals, we are equally motivated to help individuals with more modest apparent skills develop and grow, too, and to help those who may have little (or no) vocal background but have a strong desire to add music into their lives in a way it may never have existed for them before.
"Whether your goal is a professional career, performing in the community, joining a choir, just being able to sing in the shower without scaring the dog, or anything in between, we welcome you! "
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Current & former students have appeared on stages all around the world, performing both as solo artists and with groups ranging from local amateur to the highest levels of professional, and in every genre from popular styles to musical theatre to classical. Among the many venues in which they have appeared are Carnegie Hall & Lincoln Center in New York City. If you would like to learn more about some of our studio success stories, click the button below and select "In The World":
Studio members regularly excel in music festivals & competitions including the Ottawa Kiwanis Festival, OMFA Provincial Music Festival, FMCF National Music Festival, & Musique-jeunesse in the province of Québec, and advanced students have also excelled in international competitions like the Metropolitan Opera Auditions. Among the numerous placements & honors achieved are Classical Open & Diploma titles at the OMFA Provincial Festival, Age-level & Open Musical Theatre solo & duet titles at the Ottawa Kiwanis Festival, and both Open Popular & Open Classical titles at Musique-jeunesse. To learn more, click the button below and select "Festivals":
We guide high school students wishing to apply to university performance programs though the application process, selection, preparation & coaching of audition repertoire, and making of audition recordings as required. We also advise the student in how to present themselves & what to expect on audition day and after. For those wishing to attend university in Ottawa, David is an Associate Performance Instructor at Carleton University, where he has enjoyed great success in guiding students through the Bachelor of Music programs in Classical, Musical Theatre, & Popular Voice. To learn more & see a listing of some of the programs students have been accepted to, click the link below:
At Orléans Vocal Academy, we provide comprehensive support in preparing for Royal Conservatory (RCM) and Canada Conservatory performance exams, including repertoire selection & preparation, ear training, and vocal & repertoire coaching, and as a result students have performed very well in these examinations. Our team members can also provide the student with instruction in Music Theory, guide them through a self-study program, or refer them to an outside instructor who can provide them with more advanced instruction in preparation for RCM Music Theory or History co-requisite examinations.
Aside from skill development, benefits include increased confidence, lower stress levels, increased mental alertness, better connection with an audience, & better posture.
We welcome students at all levels from beginner to professional, dependent only on available space in our schedule.
For recitals, auditions, & performances, our professional accompanists provide coaching & collaborate with students, building a solid musical foundation.
We provide a welcoming environment for students from beginner to professional to learn & grow, whether singing for fun, aspiring to become a performer, or already working.
We provide highly skilled professional coaching in all styles, Classical, Musical Theatre, & Popular, including languages, vocal styling, interpretation, & other elements.
We guide the student through all elements of the application process. David is also an Instructor at Carleton University. To learn more, see “University” under “Our Studio”.
For auditions from school & amateur to professional, we provide guidance in all elements including repertoire, presentation, & what to expect when you walk into the room.
Organization of all the elements of preparation for participation in festivals & competitions. For Musical Theatre, that includes costuming, staging, choreography, etc.
We provide comprehensive support to those students who desire to perform these exams, including repertoire selection & preparation, ear training, and vocal & repertoire coaching.
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"I began working with David when I was 11 years old, a young, bright eyed singer who wanted the stage to be my life - but I had no idea how to get there because I was crippled by low confidence and stage fright. David did more than teach me to sing: he taught me to think better of myself, and to use my talents to fuel my self esteem and self worth. I studied with David for 8 years, and in that time, my academic grades went up, I was a soloist in my school choir, the lead of multiple plays & musicals, and ultimately was accepted to Canada’s most prestigious university for music studies, McGill University, from which I received my Honors Bachelor of Music in 2017"
"I started studying with David at the end of High School, continuing through the Bachelor of Music Program at Carleton University and beyond. I think very few voice instructors understand the human voice as well as David. Having since worked with some of the top teachers in NYC, I still to this day consider David to be one of the very best. I highly recommend him!"
"My time spent studying with David MacAdam was a crucial part of my development as a young artist. My high school years in the Arts Canterbury Vocal Program at Canterbury High School were spent in developing my vocal & musical skills at a vocally appropriate pace which kept me on track for my future endeavors."
"David Macadam is a wonderful teacher who takes his time to really get to know his students, and makes it clear that he cares not only for his students' learning but their physical and mental well-being, too. To many of us he is not only an instructor but also a friend, confidante and sometimes even father-figure. I've studied with him for two years and cannot believe how much my singing has strengthened and improved. I can't wait to see what the future holds for me as a singer."
"This will be my fourth year taking singing lessons with David at the Orléans Vocal Academy. Having regular lessons made me realize that prior to working with him I was actually lacking in proper vocal technique and the knowledge of how to properly take care of and preserve my voice. Since I began working with David I’ve noticed significant improvement in my vocal range and musical capability, and every year I feel more and more confident in my performances. I’ve been able to achieve wonderful things thanks to him. He’s very supportive and involved with his students and only has our best interests at heart, and I really appreciate that."