Davin Youngs

Founder and Owner

Where are you from? I grew up in a small yet musically supportive town called Otsego, Michigan. I moved to Ohio where I graduated from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and then made my way to Chicago where I received an MA in interdisciplinary studies from DePaul University. Chicago has been home sweet home ever since.

Why do you teach singing? In short, I believe the voice lesson experience can change people’s lives. That might sound like a big statement, but I’ve seen it happen over and over again. To be able to participate in that with our students is an awesome privilege.

Ok, but what qualifies you to teach? Well, I’ve spent time learning from smarter, wiser voice teachers than I, like Elizabeth Mannion, Richard Miller and Jeannette LoVetri. I am a Somatic Voicework™, The LoVetri Method certified teacher, a member of The Voice Foundation and a member of NATS, from whom I recently won an independent teacher fellowship.  I’ve also been doing this for over 12 years and taught and coached over 1,000 singers in that time. But most importantly, I know that I don’t know it all! I’m committed to continuing to learn so I can better serve our students.

What are your strengths as a voice teacher? I’m flexible. I work with a wide variety of styles and  am dedicated to a thorough understanding of function. I also stay up on voice science, so if I ask you to do something to improve your sound, I’ll also be happy to explain why. Finally, I’m not afraid to be very honest with my students… but always with kind delivery.

What singers are you into? Hmm, well the list is very long, but to name a few… Thom Yorke, Bjork, Jeff Buckley, Laura Nyro, John Legend, Chet Baker, Sam Cooke, Thomas Quasthoff, Natalie Dessay, Beyonce, Jessie Ware, Kate Bush, Stevie Wonder… I mean, the list could go on forever.

What else ya got? Well, you can watch video and listen to me chattin’ about the biz over at our media page. You can also watch/hear me sing on YouTube!