Voice Lesson Testimonials
At 12 years old I had the honor of working with David Anthony for the first time and since then he has been much more than just a teacher in my life.
William Arthur Ward once said,
“The mediocre teacher tells.
The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires.“
This great teacher has done just that. As a vocal coach, Musical Director, writer, and pianist, David truly is on another level in regards to balancing professionalism and etiquette in the work place. Even so, when it comes to being a teacher he truly goes above and beyond on a daily basis to show his students that his praises, constructive criticism, and every bit of insight or advice is all stemmed from his genuine longing for his students to be better.
Personally speaking, David has time and time again shown me that it is more important to be kind than to be competitive, and that Compassion and Love have much more of a profound impact in this world than the things that are fueled by personal gain.
Through the hardest times of my life to the peaks of happiness, he has been there for all of them. All the while encouraging me and constantly reminding me that when life changes course to embrace it and to find the positive in every lesson and curve ball that is thrown my way. Plain and simple, David exemplifies what it means to be an educator, perfectly balancing textbook execution with the freedom to lead from the heart, as opposed to the mind.
Because of him, I am a better vocalist, actor, and overall person. I will be forever grateful to him for being a coach, teacher, mentor, and friend, as well as knowing when it is the right time to differentiate which of those roles he is playing.
His artistry and niche for spotting how to make people grow has positively impacted an uncountable number of people in this world and he continues to do so. It has been an honor to have a man like him in my life, and I thank him and will continue to thank him for my entire life, Not because he taught me well, but because he took the time.
He took the time.Bradley Cusack
I went to David to learn how to sing for musical theater, but David gave me much more than that. David’s a miracle worker; with him there’s no wasting time singing scales, hiding, or dancing around the issue. I swear David can see through to your soul, find what’s going on, and fix it. He didn’t just teach me to sing, he worked with me on acting and musicianship, and he was there to help when I decided to start writing.
I don’t know how I would have gotten through college auditions without David. There’s so much more to worry about than just the singing, and it was so great to have someone I trusted to help me get organized and help me feel like I was prepared for anything.
I’m nearly done with my BA in Theater, and unfortunately I see so many teachers letting their students wallow in mediocrity. David won’t settle for less than your best; he gets results, and that’s why I’ll always be grateful to him. I hate to think what would have happened if I had studied with a teacher who didn’t push me as hard as David did. I don’t think I could be doing any of the things I’m doing now: studying musical theater in college, composing for the stage, any of it, if it wasn’t for all the things David taught me about myself, my craft, and about what it takes to be a musical theater artist.Emily Young
David is my son’s vocal coach. We first met David in a show that he was the musical director for and was so impressed with his musical talent and ability to teach that we begged him to instruct my son.
We have been with David for over a year and have seen amazing improvement and technique in my son’s vocal abilities. More than teaching the technical part of voice and singing, David has instilled in my son a confidence that is unmatched. My son will go to Broadway one day because of David’s impression on his life and for that I will be eternally grateful.
David is our best-kept secret. I selfishly want to keep him to myself and not let the world know of his greatness, but here I am recommending him on Linked In because it’s the right thing to do.
I see great feats in David’s future and one day I expect to see him with Tony in hand for music and lyric composition of some great Broadway musical, (that inevitably my son will perform in). All joking aside, I truly believe this is where David is heading….Broadway greatness. And, I being one of his biggest fans will be cheering him on all the way.Marlena Bobst-Falke
“I have trained with many voice teachers in both Los Angeles and New York City and I can honestly say David Anthony is one in a million!”
As a vocal coach David is committed to not only your vocal progression but your overall success and you are Undoubtedly getting more than your paying for. David is excellent in providing technical training but you also get a teacher who can really help you develop as an overall performer. He has a keen ability to isolate your weaknesses and help correct them while reinforcing your strengths and helping you capitalize on them. With David as my coach I was able to get into OCSA (a competitive performing arts high school) and The Young Americans (International Performing Group). Thanks to David, who also coached me for my college auditions, I am now a senior at New York University Tisch Drama. Thank you David for transforming me into the performer I never thought I could be.Mikaila McMaster
I met David when my daughter was blessed to have him as the instructor of her school’s musical theater voice conservatory class. She came home after a few weeks of being under David’s instruction and begged, “Can I pleeeaaassse get David as a private voice teacher?” She said through all her years of musical theater voice training, she had never been challenged and encouraged in her vocal skills like she had by David.
We were able to arrange private voice lessons with David, and in a matter of months, she went from struggling to control her singing gift to winning multiple and exclusive vocal competitions, along with being cast in lead roles. David not only taught her how to properly use her voice but helped her to expertly craft songs, bringing out the intent of each and every lyric. In a short amount of time, her younger sister, who is also passionate about musical theater, was under David’s instruction as well.
Both of my girls graduated from college and both are paid vocalists and performers today. They have had many fantastic teachers, instructors, and mentors but have never found any to help them more than David. Even now, when they need a last-minute song choice, a vocal brush up, or just general encouragement, they reach out to David.
In the recent past, David has used our home as a base of instruction for his students in South Orange County. I have loved hearing his students progress, and I have personally witnessed many go from mediocre to exceptional after working with him. I wholeheartedly recommend David as a vocal instructor, and I truly believe that the students who end up with David are getting the best vocal training available.Stephanie Schwartz
I first met David Anthony when I was eleven years old through McCoy Rigby Musical Theatre Conservatory where he was music directing multiple shows during their summer stock season. I then went on to continue taking classes from David through the McCoy Rigby Conservatory and through MTU – Musical Theatre University. Shortly there after, I started to take private voice lessons with him. I have been training with David for almost 10 years now and he has had a huge impact on my life. He has acted as my teacher and mentor and he has inspired me to do things I did not think were possible. Because of David my vocal control and technique have grown leaps and bounds throughout the years I have trained with him. He has such a wonderful way of communicating with each student. He understands my strengths and weaknesses and works with both sides to make me a better performer. David has given me the confidence to walk into a room and know I am going to nail any audition because of his training.
Not only have I looked to him for vocal technique, but he has also made me a better actress as well. He has taught me to allow myself to be vulnerable and know that I am always enough.
Without David Anthony I would not be the confident performer I am today. I constantly look forward to voice lessons with him because he always pushes me and challenges me beyond anything I could ever imagine. I am so grateful for him and everything he has done for me I could never thank him enough for the amazing influence he has had on my life.Tatiana Alvarez
David has been my daughter’s voice coach since 2012 – we are so happy that we found him when Emily was a sophomore in high school as he had such a positive effect on her. As a voice teacher, he is very honest but in a constructive way. He is much more than just a voice teacher – he is able to really see why a student may be having difficulty with a song, whether it is a technical or an emotional issue. David has been a great influence on Emily while she was trying to decide which direction to go with her singing, and has helped her develop her compositional skills as hopefully a future musical theatre writer.Natalie Young