aavaAtlanta Academy of Vocal Arts

Experience a new dimension of vocal training

Maria McDaniel, mezzo-soprano

Founder/Artistic Director

Award winning singer and teacher with active professional career offering proven instruction to singers of all levels


Maria McDaniel Willathgamuwa, mezzo-soprano, (Master of Music, Vocal Performance) found her passion and talent for classical singing during high school and developed her niche on the professional opera, musical theater, concert, and recital stages both in the USA and internationally, performing regularly with The Atlanta Opera. Ms. Maria has also competed successfully and won prizes in several vocal competitions throughout the country, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She is in demand for her expertise as a professional singer, voice teacher, and clinician throughout the metro Atlanta area.

Ms. Maria specializes in developing voices with a strong, healthy classical technique that will allow each student’s natural instrument and confidence increase to their highest potential. She is committed to preparing each singer as a well-equipped and competitive vocal artist through her encouraging teaching style. With over 14 years of teaching experience, Ms. Maria has inspired hundreds of singers to achieve their new level of excellence. Many students have performed leading roles, won college scholarships and vocal competitions. Several are performing professionally across the country including on Broadway. Master classes, workshops, summer camps and studio recitals are offered throughout the year. Visit our website and connect with us on social media today!

Private Voice Lessons

Pre-Professional Training

Master Class Clinician

Audition/College Preparation

Music Theory/Ear Training

ALL NEW! Musical Theater Voice Group Classes:

Limited slots still available on Tuesday evenings!

Weekly group instruction with Ms. Maria in vocal technique, musicianship, and musical theater singing styles. Ideal skills-orientated courses to for all levels of singing experience. Excellent complimentary training for AWP Musical Theater Company members. Build confidence, gain music theory and sight-singing knowledge, learn solo & ensemble skills, master large variety of songs, build your songbook, train competitively for vocal auditions, and more! Two year round courses for ages 7 + on Tuesday evenings 5:00-6:00 (ages 10+) and6:00-7:00 (ages 7-9). Register today!



Maria OperaWeekly and biweekly lesson commitment levels starting from $60.00 per hour.

Phone: 404-862-3661 Email: mcdaniel.mezzo@gmail.com

Contact Ms. Maria directly for participation and enrollment details