Where are you from? I’m originally from the “friendliest city in the South”, Minden, Louisiana. I moved to Shreveport, LA to go to Centenary College of Louisiana where I obtained my Bachelors Degree in Music, Vocal Performance. I stayed there for 5 years after I graduated teaching voice and working as a musician. I relocated to Chicago and I love it here!
Why do you teach singing? Singing is my FAVORITE thing to do. When I’m not singing, I love to help others discover new things about their voice that they may have never known before. Music is a powerful tool & I can’t get enough of watching people’s lives change because of it.
And what makes you qualified to teach? I had excellent teachers, coaches, & mentors while at Centenary who showed me how it’s done both in theory and practice. I’ve been teaching over 7 years and am a member of NATS. Since moving to Chicago, I’ve been learning from and working alongside Davin to make sure we’re on the same page with our teaching and become a Somatic Voicework™, The LoVetri Method level I teacher.
What are your strengths as a teacher? I have a passion for honest storytelling through song, so I love coaching students on how to connect to a piece on a deeper level. Whether it’s pop, musical theater, aria, jazz, rock…whatever! There are important story to share with your voice.
What kind of music do you listen to? Good gracious, all kinds. I love jazz, the Motown era, musical theater from any decade, opera of any sort, most anything written in the Romantic era, soul, funk, gospel, singer/songwriters…I’m telling you, there’s not much I don’t love.
Do you do any singing professionally? Absolutely! I recently performed in Big Noise Theatre’s productions of HAIR and Legally Blonde as well as Stage Center’s production of Bonnie and Clyde. In the past I’ve been fortunate to play such roles as Amneris in “Aida”, Eva Peron in “Evita”, and Mother in “Ragtime”. I’ve also had success as a singer/songwriter. I have two albums on iTunes & plan on releasing a third within the year! Check out missywise.com for more info.