Private Voice, Piano and Theory Lessons
Live in the Ottawa, Ontario region
and online anywhere!
Born and raised in the Ottawa region, Juno award winning soprano Shannon Mercer finally returns home to open her own private music studio. Recognized for the luminosity and effortless agility of her voice, as well as her commanding stage presence and profound acting ability, she enthusiastically embraces a range of repertoire from early to contemporary music, folk and pop, music theatre and jazz. Shannon has performed and specialized in many genres of the classical idiom including concert and recital engagements throughout North America and Europe all while sustaining an active recording presence, capturing some rarely performed works. Ms. Mercer also takes great pride in passing on her knowledge of singing to the next generation. Her passion for the artform and her talent translates into engaged and inspired students. In 2018 Shannon began teaching in Toronto and moved exclusively online from March 2020 – August 2021 during COVID.
In September 2021, Shannon successfully opened Shannon Mercer Music Studio in the Ottawa area offering lessons in voice, piano and theory both online and in-person. Now entering its third year, the studio has a waitlist for new students aged 7 to adults to join in September 2023.
Regular lesson days:
1:45pm – 9pm
Osgoode-Kars United Church
1:30pm – 9pm
Osgoode-Kars United Church
2:45pm – 4:30pm
Osgoode-Kars United Church
6pm – 10pm Online Only
4:15pm – 5:45pm
7:30 – 8pm
both Christ Church Cathedral
12:30pm – 3pm
Christ Church Cathedral
Fall 2023 Lessons will begin the week of Monday, Sept. 11th. Please review the Studio Policies for details.
Lessons will be available both in person and/or online. A complimentary 15-minute trial lesson (online) is offered before registering for lessons. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a trial lesson.
- 1 hour – $70 – recommended for higher level students as well as students who are studying more than one focus (piano and theory, theory and voice, voice and piano etc.).
- 45 minutes – $52.50
- 30 minutes – $35
- Lessons are available both in person and/or online
- In person lessons take place at Osgoode-Kars United Church, Kars, Ontario OR (Thursdays and Sundays only) at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Ottawa.
- Online lessons happen through a private ZOOM link provided by Shannon.
Students & Parents Say…
"I have a lot of fun working with Shannon. For the voice part of the lesson, she helps me a lot and we do really interesting warmups before singing. For the piano part I can now play songs on my own and I can read music much better!"
– Tilly M. (10), Student
"I enjoy working with Shannon because she has helped improve my singing skills. I have become more confident when I perform. Shannon is helpful and supportive, and I am happy to go to my lessons! I have learned a lot in this past session!"
– Addie M. (12), Student
"Shannon has been teaching my son singing for the last 2 years. He always looks forward to his weekly lessons. Shannon is patient, optimistic, caring and fun.
She goes beyond just teaching singing, she has taught my son music theory, has helped him before auditions not just with the music, but with acting.
I highly recommend Shannon; she is amazing at what she does."
– Audrey, Parent
"Shannon has been my vocal teacher for the past 2 years, and every lesson is a highlight of my week.
She has taught me how to greatly improve my singing abilities, has taught me Music Theory, and has even helped me with acting before auditions. I highly recommend her."
- Dylan (15), Student
"Shannon is an amazing vocal teacher - she is encouraging, supportive and kind! Since working with Shannon, my daughter's vocal abilities and confidence have soared. I highly recommend Shannon to anyone looking to improve their vocal skills."
- Adina, parent
"I overhear the beginning of their online lessons, and Shannon is always warm and cheerful when she greets them. Shannon also communicates with me regularly, so I know the girls are challenged and pushed to do their best and learn proper skills whether working on their piano, voice, or theory exercises. We are so pleased our girls are getting their music education from Shannon."
– Meghan, Parent
"Shannon’s supportive, patient and encouraging approach to singing has given her the confidence to audition and gain entry into a vocal program at a Toronto based arts high school and participate in musical theatre troupes. Shannon’s operatic career is an inspiration to K and, given Shannon’s exceptional vocal skills, she is honoured to be taught by a true professional in the field."
– Nancy, Parent
"Shannon is the best singing teacher I could ask for. I really became a better singer while working with her. I can sing higher notes thanks to the advice she gave me. I also feel like I have more confidence because of her help. She is an amazing teacher and I couldn’t ask for a better person to teach me."
- Giulia, student
“Shannon is the best vocal teacher I’ve ever had. She helped me achieve my singing goals and taught me new techniques which really helped me improve. She taught me how to do runs and how to breathe properly to be able to hold a note. She always believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself.”
– Kiara (15), student
"I love working with Shannon. Not only is she so nice, but she makes the lessons fun. I feel like I have improved so much with her as my teacher. I always look forward to my lessons with her!"
- Kayla 13
"Our daughter always loved to sing but it was after she started taking vocal lessons with Shannon two years ago that her talent started to develop to its full potential... our daughter's confidence both with singing and all other aspects of her life has improved greatly.
We couldn't be happier and would strongly recommend Shannon to anyone who wants to become a great singer."
- Gus & Monica, parents
"Shannon is an exceptional teacher. In every session she addresses artistry, technique, and music theory. I have felt myself grow in capability and in confidence under her mentorship."
- Adrea (23), student
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