DYV Students: Student Spotlight Interview No. 18


November 18, 2014


Heya, friends! I’m looking forward to introducing you to Laura Duggan who is a client of both Missy and me.  Laura and I have been working together for a little over a year on her singing technique, and recently she and Missy began digging into the process of songwriting. Laura has an incredibly unique instrument, and journals full of writing… so I can’t wait to hear the songs that she comes up with. Let’s learn a bit more about her process.

Davin: Helllloooo, Laura! Can you tell us a little about yourself? What you do during the days? Where you’re from? Any other fun bits of info?

Laura: Hi Davin. I’m Laura and I am 29 years old. I was born and raised in this lovely city of Chicago. Currently, I spend my days working as a NICU nurse and I absolutely love working with babies. When I’m not at work, I spend my days with family, friends, doing homework (I am advancing my degree), playing guitar, etc. I loved to sing ever since I could talk. When I was little, I’d sing at the top of my lungs all throughout the house. I’d sing so loud the neighbors could heard me. They’d tell my parents I had a beautiful voice, which in turn made me a bit nervous to know I had an “audience” out there. But I kept on singing anyway!   I didn’t start to really explore singing and playing guitar until I was in my early 20’s. I started taking guitar lessons at Guitar Chicago, and soon had the opportunity to perform in student concerts at the House of Blues

Davin: Since you started with guitar lessons first, what made you want to pursue voice lessons as well? 

Laura: I wanted to explore my singing voice more. I wanted to make it stronger and widen my vocal range a bit. My voice was good, but I thought it could be better. I feel that my singing has much improved since starting lessons at Davin Youngs Voice. 

Davin: Where are you now with your singing and playing? I know you’ve done a couple of sessions with Missy as well. Are there some new goals arising?

Laura: I continue to take voice and guitar lessons as time permits in my busy life schedule. I enjoy going to open mic nights and any opportunity to show off my talent. Recently, I began taking lessons with Missy Wise. She is helping me to explore the world of songwriting, which has been both challenging and exciting! I hope to start recording my own music, then I will look into performing it live for audiences at open mics. 

Davin: Any parting words for someone considering giving voice lessons a try?

Laura: Just try it! If you have a passion for singing, or even a slight interest, you should schedule a lesson at Davin Youngs Voice. Singing can be such a powerful physical and emotional experience. There is a lot more that goes into performing than just singing. It isrewarding too! I advise anyone to take risks, push yourself a bit, and you will find out exactly what your voice can do.

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Announcement: December Sessions Posted

 

November 17, 2014


December sessions times are posted! Click the above image, or “Schedule a session” at the top of your screen to hold your times. We’re looking forward to it!

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Journal: Leave your baggage at the door. - Jeanne Nemcek

November 12, 2014


Davin, here! I’m excited to introduce you to a new monthly blog series written by our friend and SINGtern, Jeanne Nemcek. Jeanne, a graphic designer and illustrator (this picture above is hers!) is such a huge help to the studio and in exchange, I trade her voice lessons! I asked her if she would begin writing monthly about her personal experience with singing and learning more about her voice through voice lessons. My hope is that others will be able to relate to her story and her honest candor about the challenges and joys of singing. Please show her support by commenting below! Now, on to Jeanne…

I began singing years ago in a bluegrass and country trio. This eventually lead to cofounding a folk/rock band performing original compositions. When that dissolved I dabbled in jazz vocal workshops and even joined a women’s choir briefly, very briefly. Then my singing and performing gradually faded away. No grand explanation why, it just happened.

Fast forward to this past summer. As a freelance illustrator and graphic designer I compulsively check a variety of job postings with the goal of meeting new clients. Through one of my daily searches I came across an ad seeking an intern for a voice studio in the Fine Arts building downtown. This instantly clicked for me because it was looking for someone interested in helping with various studio business combined with social media and if I knew how to read music, that was a big plus. Bingo. A firm believer in kismet I immediately sent off a note of interest with my resume. Before the end of the day I heard back from Davin and we set up a meeting.

Thus began a working relationship that continues today and includes the most humbling part of my creative journey, weekly voice lessons. I say humbling because being untrained and forever curious what my voice could actually do given proper instruction I was now faced with the responsibility of finding out. Not only that, I would have to face some cumbersome emotional baggage I’d been dragging around for much too long. Having had a bit of mild success with the band followed by my unexplained long absence from the scene only made the concept of getting behind a microphone again feel daunting. The longer I put it off, the larger it became an obstacle to somehow conquer. Bottom line, there is really no space for blame anymore, life happens and I just had to find a way to move onto what I really wanted, to sing.

Doing what is second nature is great but having the confidence to depend on it being ready and waiting is priceless and that is what lessons provide for me. I enjoy practicing, doing scales and pushing myself to achieve more at each lesson. There is nothing more rewarding than being able to reach through the ceiling of what you thought was your highest note or smoothing out the break just a little bit more. Of course, all of this requires a patient, encouraging teacher that not only challenges you but also respects your history and hang-ups, sees through them and ultimately makes you do the same. Getting to know Davin as a professional and a friend has expanded not only my appreciation of all genres of music but taught me the importance of listening to my natural instincts and going for it. Combined with the talents of Missy and Kathryn, the studio is a powerhouse of creative spirit and knowledge. It’s a wonderful group to be part of and learn from.

I just returned from a good lesson today and feeling in the right place for the moment but I realize it’s temporary and with the next lesson I’ll get nudged out of my comfort zone once again. But honestly, that’s why I’m here in the first place and what can be better than that?

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DYV Students: Student Spotlight Interview No. 17


 

November 11, 2014


Yesterday, Missy and I met up to do a little business planning and reflect upon the last year. Missy is approaching her year anniversary (in February!) at Davin Youngs Voice and the number of singers who have come through the door to work with her is pretty incredible. Morgan Cohen started with Missy In February of 2013 and has been consistent ever since. She even did voice lessons via Skype while Missy was away performing in Ragtime. So, we are so excited for you to get to know her and have her tell you more about her journey as an actor and now singer…

DavinMorgan! Could you tell us about yourself? Where you’re from? What fills your days? etc.

Morgan: I am a west coast born and bred actor. I moved out to the midwest to attend Knox College in Galesburg,IL. I graduated with a BA in Theater and then moved to Chicago. I took an acting sabbatical when I moved here, which is a nice way of saying I did everything possible to avoid being an actor- but avoiding being an actor didn’t work out very well for me. About three years ago I actually woke up in the middle of the night with this panicked epiphany that not acting was making me a miserable human being. Finding my way back had it’s ups and downs, but now my days are now filled juggling rehearsals, day job, auditions, performances, lessons, and classes- and it’s glorious.

Davin: Good for you! I just wrote about this in my last blog. It’s amazing how that nagging feeling won’t go away. So, why voice lessons? How’d you end up studying with Missy? 

Morgan: Singing was always something that I thought I would do “one day”, but never really pursued. I did a series of really tough auditions last year, and I came out of them feeling very empowered. I felt a tremendous desire to challenge myself and tackle some of the things I had been putting off, like learning to sing. Before my first lesson I thought I would have to try out a few different teachers before finding one that I clicked with. But not ten minutes into the lesson Missy and I immediately bonded over our shared life long love of Sondheim musicals, Disney songs, and  southern colloquialisms. Missy is always so encouraging, even during tough session, she will point out the progress I’m making and it keeps me going. Its has also been of immeasurable value to have a teacher who is also a working artist. Missy knows what it’s like to be on both sides of the casting table, and I really feel like I can apply what we work on in the studio to my work in rehearsals, auditions, and performance.

Davin: It’s so important we feel connected to our teacher and coaches. I’m so glad you two have connected. Can you tell us a little about the process? What has it been like and what kind of improvements have you noticed?

Morgan: Its awesome, and it’s hard, and I love every second of it. Singing is helping me find new ways to use my voice that go beyond my comfort zone. What really surprised me is that singing has changed the way I approach my work as an actor. My voice has become a check point for me, I can get a really good idea of where I am that day and whats happening throughout my body based on my voice. Even though I see Missy every week, there are times I’ve scheduled in an extra session because I was in a funk, or having a bad day, or because I was nervous for an audition. Singing is like a reset button for me. It puts me back into this really good place and it leaves me feeling better about the world. 

Davin: You are speaking my language. Love it. What would you say to someone like you who wasn’t sure about digging into the process of improving their voice?

Morgan: Take the leap. Its scary to sing out loud with another human being in the room, but the studio is truly a safe place. I never thought I would think of my voice cracking in the middle of a note as progress- but low and behold I get excited about those moments now. The roughest moments when nothing sounds pretty are the best. They are the times when I know that the lessons are working, and my voice is finding its way and fighting it’s old habits to become better.  Its a wonderful moment when singing becomes fun and joyful instead of stressful and scary. And, as a bonus, you develop a private collection of corks and pencils with your bite marks all over them.

Davin: Ahaha. All of our students will know what the corks are about. So, What’s in your singing future? Where do you see singing fitting into you life?

Morgan: Singing is an important part of my career.  It’s a really powerful tool in my actors toolbox, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. But there are certainly more singing challenges I want to tackle in my future. I’m (slooooowly) learning how to read music, and I really want to learn how to sing with others- learning to work with someone else’s voice and energy in the room is totally new to me and sounds like great fun. 

Davin: Thank you so much for your consistency in this process. We’re so glad to have you in the studio!

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Singing & Performance: “I used to sing, but…”

 

November 7, 2014
 

Since 2011 (or when I started keeping track), I’ve met individually with more than 1400 singers.  Crazy, right?  When I look back at the list of all those people, I’m struck by a) how many specifics I can remember b) how cool the experience is of getting to know each in this unique way and c) what themes tend to arise.

I was recalling this with a client last week as we had a conversation about the role singing played in his life and how similar it was to someone I had been working with earlier in the day. In that moment, I spouted some categories I’ve noticed with regards to how people who sing identify themselves and I thought I’d share one of those today to see if the story resonates with you.

I call this group of singers the “I used to sing, but…”’s

This is one of the most common categories of client who comes through our door and their stories have a wide range, but one common theme. Here are some examples based on true stories I have heard.

“I had a band in college and in my early 20’s with whom I toured. But, after we broke up I went into a 9 – 5 job and just sorta stopped singing.”

“I grew up singing at church and leading others in worship. As an adult, I came out of the closet and left the church. Simultaneously I stopped singing.”

“As a kid, I performed in a national children’s choir and traveled the world. When I became a teen and my voice matured, I became very scared to sing and haven’t sung since.”

“I went to college for musical theatre and after, moved to New York to give it a go. It didn’t exactly work, so I came back to Chicago to find something more stable. I haven’t done any performing or singing.”

“I was in choir as a kid, and in my high school’s musicals. I tried out for a few things in college but didn’t get accepted and never pursued it any further.

The next sentence in most of these reads like “I feel like a part of me is missing.” or “I feel like my creative self is gone.”

I always admire the courage of those who have stories like this and put forth the effort to come back to singing lessons as a means of rediscovering their voice. Sometimes it can be scarier to revisit something you left than to tackle something completely new. What will this unearth? What does it mean for who I am now? Some, who do, last and find ways to reintroduce singing regularly into their lives while others have difficult time creating that regular space for it.

As with any creative endeavor, if you once made something… a painting, a dance, a song… it was a part of how you told your story. Part of how you contributed to the world. Part of how you found fulfillment. If you cease to create, it is often the case that a part of you will seem to missing, absent or unfulfilled.

But, such is life, right? We have obligations – jobs, families etc. We have struggles! Financial, emotional, physical, personal… There is so much to get in the way creating and all of these excuses can be legitimate. But regardless of legitimacy in the struggle, if you used to create, you’re bound to feel a tug to continue to do so.

It is my personal belief that there is no more unique and personal way of creating than with your voice. The vibrations you make can permanently alter your emotional and physical landscape. Further, they can change the space that surrounds you. It’s an epic endeavor and it matters. Your voice matters.

Are you use a “I used to sing but…”? Does it feel a little bit like something is missing? If so, that feeling isn’t going to go away, as the stories above can attest to. Your voice isn’t gone, you’ve just been ignoring it. Find a place for rediscovery! This could be in the quiet of your own home, or in your church choir. Maybe you need to get out there and try to put a new band together or maybe it’s time for another audition? Voice lessons can be a safe space for rediscovery and experimentation. Regardless, of where, take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone and there are others who each and every day are taking the bold step of uniquely uncovering their voice. Not more “but…”

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DYV Students: Student Spotlight Interview No. 16


November 5, 2014


Nearly a year ago, singer-songwriter Eric Majeski came to me for a session and I really enjoyed working with him. That being said, it was right around the time that Missy began teaching at Davin Youngs Voice and I couldn’t help but feel that given her experience also as a singer-songwriter, she might have a bit more to offer him than I would. I recommended that he give her a try and a year later he has been committed weekly! Because Missy and I share regularly about our client’s progress, I know his growth has been tremendous, so I’m excited to have him share with you a bit more about the experience and what is coming up for him, his voice and music!

Davin: Hey there, Eric! Can you tell us a little about yourself? Where you’re from? What fills your days? That sort of thing? 

Eric: Hi Davin! I grew up in CT, and have enjoyed living in Chicago for 16 years now. I moved to Chicago in 1998 for what was a personally unfulfilling career in business, and experienced a shift in 2005 when I became owner of a spiritual bookstore. I’ve now come full circle in remembering my childhood love of music, am recording my first album, and am creating a sustainable existence as a full-time musician. When I’m not writing/playing, I love witnessing my 10-year old daughter grow, and I focus attention on being fully present in life for her. 

Davin: Awesome! Can you tell us a bit about what brought you to voice lessons? How did you end up studying with Missy?

Eric: I had a successful coaching practice, where I was assisting others in finding their true calling, or “true voice” in life. Inspired by my clients, I realized I hadn’t attended to my own deep desire of literally finding my voice, or desire to sing. After cycling through a couple of teachers with small success, I found Davin Youngs Voice through a mutual friend, right around the time Missy showed up. I believe it was you who encouraged me to study with her. Intuitively, this felt right, and my year of study with her has confirmed this initial vibe. 

Davin: I’m always impressed with how committed you are to regularly attending sessions! Given that you’re a singer-songwriter, are there any specifics that you’ve worked on that have been especially helpful in your process? What about performance? 

Eric: Missy has really helped me a lot with reducing tension and with my vocal flexibility, work that continues. I am already attuned to the language of somatic awareness, so to have her coach/teach voice in this “container” has been phenomenal. I have learned to sing with more intent, and this has reflected wonderfully in my performances and helped to reduce anxiety. 

Davin: Have your goals changed as you’ve been learning? 

Eric: Oh, for sure. Learning how to sing has gone from something I wanted to “check off the proverbial bucket list”, to becoming an actual singer, and this becoming a career. I have much to learn, but I no longer feel the need to rush, as singing has become a sort of medicine for my daily life.

Davin: For those who dig in, the process is slow, yet rewarding. Plus, the habit becomes so necessary. So what’s in the future for your music? Where can we hear/see you? 

Eric: Finishing the album for Spring 2015 release and tour. I have a big debut show coming up Friday Nov. 21st at Moonlight Studios in Chicago where I’ll be offering an early listen of pre-release tracks on the album. We are recording a Live DVD that evening, as well as broadcasting the show nationally through free Internet Livestream. There’s a ticket link below, and I will share the Internet link soon. It looks as though there is going to be a great turnout. 

I’m feeling really grateful and ready for whatever’s next! I’d like to close by saying it is very noticeable the passion you and Missy bring to your work, and this makes it so easy to say yes! 

Davin: Our passion is fueled by yours.Thank you for your committment, openness and hard work!

CLICK HERE to get tickets for Eric’s Show!

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Announcement: Creating a Character an Acting Workshop with Kathryn Batholomew


October 28, 2014


When auditioning or performing, part our success is uniquely tied in to how well we can communicate the story of the character we are portraying. That is why the process of unlocking this story is vital in learning a monologue, song or scene. Katie Bartholomew is excited to lead you through this process in the most efficient and effective way possible. This workshop will dig into the specific tools of developing your character so you can feel confident as you work toward an audition or performance. No experience is necessary and participants need not come with anything prepared.

Limited to five participants, this workshop is bound to fill up fast! Book your spot today. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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Singing & Performance: We’re all in this together! - Missy Wise


photo courtesy of www.stagecenterla.com


October 23, 2014

 

I’ve been honored to work on amazing musical theatre productions both on stage and behind the scenes with some wonderful people. I honestly think I may be the luckiest person in the world to have not yet had a nightmare experience with divas and overwhelming bad-itudes. That being said, I’ve noticed some recurring things that can help make the process better for everyone. Here are some tips to help make you a better musical theatre ensemble member:

1. Come prepared.

Your private preparation is a way to show the director and your cast mates that you care about the project in & out of the rehearsal room. Time is of the essence, and if you show up unprepared, everything has to slow down. A chain is only as strong as it’s weakest link, so…don’t be the weak link. 

2. Arrive on time.

I admit, between the day jobs and traffic and daily struggles this one is hard to accomplish, especially for those of us still on the non-equity train. The thing to remember is that this struggle is the same for everyone. Being inexcusably late is basically telling someone your time is more valuable than theirs. 

My good friend and Artistic Director Jared Watson always says “To be early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late, to be late is unacceptable”.

3. Be kind.

It’s true that you catch more flies with honey. Being a diva is no way to foster the community that is necessary to pull off successful productions. Ask people how their day went. Offer encouragement. Tell a joke. For goodness sake, SMILE. You have the privilege of doing something that thousands of others wish they could. No time for being a jerk.

4. Be a bringer of treats.

The last ensemble I was a part of had no problem putting away some snacks. People even asked about food allergies/restrictions to make sure everyone was included. This is of course not required, but people really like treats.

5. Be flexible.

Things change and ebb and flow all the time when mounting a production. Those changes often occur at the last minute or even on the fly. Don’t be immovable. Try not to pout. 

6. Ask questions.

Not sure about the change in blocking at last night’s rehearsal? Forgetting the same lyrics every time you sing through? Don’t really get the intention on a direction? ASK. Ask your cast mates, ask the production manager, ask the director. I would personally like to get it right in the run through rather than hear about it in notes.

7. Learn who you’re surrounded by.

I often find that the folks I’ve been cast with are marvels of the human race. They’re funny, smart, educated, experienced, well-travelled, over achievers, and extremely surprising. You’ll be shocked at the talent you get to soak in all around you. Your cast mates are your best teachers.


I have so much more to say on this topic, but these are a great start. Getting cast is an honor that many, many others didn’t receive. You are so blessed to be working with such incredible people. You are so lucky to be able to tell stories. Ensemble work can be incredible or it can be painful, and it starts with you!

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DYV Students: Student Spotlight Interview No. 15


October 22, 2014
 

Hello! I can’t wait for you to get to know Lauren in that she represents a cool segment of people we work with who were gifted voice lessons and then managed to like it so much, they hung around for more! In addition, she’s got a super great voice and a wonderful attitude about exploration and the process of singing. Read on and get to know her better.

Davin: Hi Lauren! Can you tell us about yourself? You know, the where are you from, what do you do kinda stuff?

Lauren: I grew up in suburb called Northbrook in the North Shore area of Chicago, but I’ve lived in the city since graduating college. (In other words, a long time!) Although since then I’ve also spent time living in Boston and abroad. As a kid, I loved three things: ice-skating, acting, and animals. When I reached high school auditioned for the drama club and was thrilled to see my name had made it on the list. However, I noticed the letters “o.c.” written next to it. Turns out, I made the “original comedy” division and somehow found myself doing competitive stand up against other high school kids. Yes, I was terrified at first, but it ended up being a great experience. After high school I went on to Purdue University where I studied theater and liberal arts. I’ve always found the creative process of discovery and expression to be be extraordinarily cathartic and energizing. Yet, as it often happens, life threw me a bit of a curve ball, and after college and I ended up living in Italy for two years. It was a wonderful, life changing experience and once I was back home I began to develop a career with a new focus in publishing and graphic design. Fast-forward to today and I now have my own design firm called Pathway Creative. I also train dogs on the weekends at a local kennel. I call it my dog therapy.

Davin: From ice-scating… to dogs… to singing. What about voice lessons? Didn’t your husband buy you a gift certificate? Tell us about that and how you ended up hanging around.

Lauren: Well, yes, as a matter of fact he did. Peter bought me a gift certificate for a voice lesson as a Christmas present last year. My husband would watch me geek out watching the Voice on TV and singing around the house. He also plays the guitar and we often hang out at home singing and playing music together. He knew that I’d never taken a voice lesson of any kind and I was fascinated when they’d talk about techniques and pitch, etc. on the show. I wished I knew and could hear what he was hearing. Plus, although I love to sing, the mere thought of singing in public terrifies me. Acting, no problem. Singing? For me, it would be like one of those dreams where you’re naked in public, but you’re really awake. To be honest, I was somewhat nervous when I showed up for my first lesson because of that fear. I didn’t know what to expect, or what would be expected of me. Would I need to know a song? Would I be laughed at if I made a mistake? The good news is none of that happened. You completely put me at ease and I felt safe and comfortable in allowing the process to unfold. In fact, I had so much fun I now take lessons on a routine basis because of the personal growth and satisfaction I get from it.

Davin: I’m so fascinated by the fear so many of us attach to singing. Good for your for jumping over that hurdle! Tell us a bit about the process of better learning your voice? Have you been surprised by anything you’ve discovered along the way?

Lauren: The process has been really interesting. What I was surprised to learn was how our physical habits in terms of vocalization can set a fixed pattern and we need to re-learn or re-teach ourselves how to approach making a sound. Not the mention the power of breath and the psychological processes of allowing without judging, and being patient with yourself as your voice grows stronger. I’ve definitely grown as a singer. Peter also tells me I’m always on pitch now!

Davin: Ahh! In tune singing is a vital step.  So, where do you see singing fit in your life for the future? Do you have any goals for yourself?

Lauren: For me, singing is a personal joy, pure and simple. It lifts me up when I’m happy and it heals me when I’m down. I am awe struck whenever I hear a voice that just sounds otherworldly and magical. It’s such a gift. My own goals for singing are trying to discover and push the limits of what I am capable of vocally. A real hurdle to overcome would be to confront my fear of public singing, but one step at a time…

Davin: We’re waiting for you to join us for open mic at Davenport’s! As someone who is working through this fear, what would you say to someone like you who wasn’t sure about jumping into lessons?

Lauren: Seriously, I’d say go for it and have fun! There’s so much to gain in trying new things. Only by challenging ourselves do we discover who we are. Don’t judge it, allow it!

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DYV Students: Student Spotlight Interview No. 14


October 15, 2014


Oooooo, this one is a good! Kevin and I have been working together for about a year and the progress he has made is fantastic. He’s a great example of someone who is open to the process of exploring his voice and will to put in the work to seek improvement. I really respect him as a student and person and I’m excited to for you to get to know him better! SO, read on…

Davin: Heya, Kevin! Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from? What do you do for work? That kinda stuff…

Kevin: What’s happenin’ Davin! I was born in Los Angeles and have been living in the Chicago area since I was 10 years old. I currently live in Wicker Park and I’m finally able enjoy the city because I’m no longer a broke and busy student anymore. I graduated from UIC and have been a pharmacist for a couple of years. Now that I’m officially a young professional, I am filling my free time with hobbies, traveling, food adventures, etc.

Davin: What about singing and voice lessons? How did you end up hanging out with me? smile

Kevin: In my 28 years of life, schooling had always taken priority of my time, so singing was left on the back burner. Recently, I realized singing was an actual passion I could not ignore anymore. I have sung in front of big groups of people before, but always felt like I was faking confidence while enjoying the experience of performing. With school no longer taking up to 100% of my life and knowing that I could not possibly excel without knowledge of the right techniques, I decided to start learning to sing correctly.

Davin: Can you tell us in what ways the process has been different than you expected?

Kevin: To be honest, I expected the process to be dull. Like the beginning stages of learning any instrument, I assumed it would be boring scales, songs I don’t really care for, and monotonous drills and exercises. Needless to say, I was completely wrong. Of course, there are exercises that you have me do, but in every lesson, there are new exercises that accentuate my strengths and improve on my weaknesses. You’ve done an amazing job of approaching certain concepts from different angles to help me understand them. I always tell others, “my skills and techniques have improved exponentially,” and I owe a large part of it to the way each lesson is tailored to my own voice and individual goals.

Davin: Well, look, you are a hard worker and open to the process. That is a huge help! Speaking of goals, what are yours? Any new ideas about how singing might fit into your life?

Kevin: With my sports and science oriented background, I never considered myself an artist. I know you always say I am, but I have a hard time believing you. Then again, I am my own worst critic, right? My overall goal is to find my voice, as you always say. I have no clue what I want to do with it, but I just know that I love doing it. Performing was such a distant delusional fantasy, so I didn’t even bother reaching to fulfill it. That was not even a year ago, and I’ve already pushed the limits of my comfort zone with frequent open mics, performing in a show, and collaborating with other musicians.

Davin: Ha! I’m impressed indeed. I know there is some more good stuff coming your way. What would you say to someone like you who wasn’t sure about taking the plunge into studying their voice?

Kevin: I randomly converse with people about their musical experiences. Most of the time they say something similar to “I wish I stuck with it as a kid,” or “I wish my parents encouraged me to continue.” To be frank, I don’t sympathize with those who retain that thought process. At 28 years old, I have only started my journey, while others started before they even knew that Santa wasn’t real. I probably should’ve said “spoiler alert” at the beginning of that last sentence. The bottom line… your passion for singing will never disappear, so you might as well utilize it now. Don’t let yourself stand in the way of yourself.

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Recent Entries

Announcement: VOXUS, A Team Building Experience
Listen: Davin sings Make You Feel My Love
Listen: Missy Wise sings Moments in the Woods
Announcement: Chicago Circle Singing at Davin Youngs Voice
Announcement: Meet our new studio assistant, Taylor Snooks
Practicing Singing: Trusting the process and the art of sticking to it
Announcement: Intro to singing through improvisation with Alison Wedding
Announcement: Musical Theatre Audition Workshop with Missy Wise
Announcement: Meet our new voice associate, Alison Wedding
Announcement: Open MIC | House - June 22, 5:30 - 8:30pm
Announcement: Open Mind / Open Body: connecting the voice community through Science + Sound
NEWS: one-year DYV-iversary! - Missy Wise
DYV Students: Student Spotlight Interview No. 22
DYV Students: Student Spotlight Interview No. 21
NEWS: 2014 A Year in Review
DYV Students: Student Spotlight Interview No. 20
How to successfully give and get online voice lessons
DYV Students: Student Spotlight Interview No. 19
Acting & Performance: The gift of curiosity - Kathryn Bartholomew
Singing & Performance: Growth & Authenticity - Missy Wise
DYV Students: Student Spotlight Interview No. 18
Announcement: December Sessions Posted
Journal: Leave your baggage at the door. - Jeanne Nemcek
DYV Students: Student Spotlight Interview No. 17
Singing & Performance: “I used to sing, but…”
DYV Students: Student Spotlight Interview No. 16
Announcement: Creating a Character an Acting Workshop with Kathryn Batholomew
Singing & Performance: We’re all in this together! - Missy Wise
DYV Students: Student Spotlight Interview No. 15
DYV Students: Student Spotlight Interview No. 14
DYV Students: Student Spotlight Interview No. 13
Announcement: “So, you like to #SING?” Voice Technique Workshop
Practicing Singing: Three things we need to do more of
Practicing Singing: Am I getting any better?
Announcement: Singer / Songwriter Workshop
News: Back to WGN with Patti Vasquez
News: Davin Youngs Voice on WGN Radio with Pete McMurray
Performance: Davin sings It’s Hard To Speak My Heart from Parade
Announcement: “I can #SING that! (Where song and technique meet.) Workshop
Journal: Somatic Voicework™, The LoVetri Method & My Voice Story
Singing & Performance: The Power of Stillness - Missy Wise
Journal: Davin + Missy @ NATS 2014 National Conference in Boston
Announcement: And the WINNER is…
Announcement: Kathryn Bartholomew, Acting Associate at Davin Youngs Voice
News: Davin Youngs Voice on Monocle Radio’s “The Entrepreneurs”
Announcement: Singing Technique Workshop, July 20, 3-5pm
Announcement: Win a 3-day pass to the Pitchfork Music Festival
Announcement: Meet our SINGtern - Linling Navarro
Technique & Singing: What You Should Expect of your Voice Teacher
News: Davin Youngs Voice on WCIU You & Me This Morning
Announcement: Meet our SINGtern - Jeanne Nemcek
Singing & Performance: What if singing were easy? - Missy Wise
DYV on the Town: A safe space to share your voice
Announcement: Monologue Workshop, May 31st, 11am -1pm
Announcement: We’re heading back to Davenport’s!
Fear & Singing: Why it can be so right to be wrong
DYV Students: Student Spotlight Interview No. 12
Announcement: We’re Hiring (again!)
DYV Students: Student Spotlight Interview No. 11
Announcement: Davin Youngs Voice Intern
Performance: Missy Wise sing Maybe This Time from Cabaret
DYV Students: Student Spotlight Interview No. 10
APRIL FOOLS: Student Spotlight Interview No. 10
DYV On the town: Davin Youngs Voice invades Davenport’s Piano Bar
Announcement: #SING it’s #SPRING
News: Davin Youngs Voice - Hidden Yelp! Reviews
DYV Students: Student Spotlight Interview No. 9
Performance: Missy sings Brave by Sara Bareilles
DYV Students: Student Spotlight Interview No. 8
Journal: Confessions of a Voice Teacher and/or Finding our Authentic Voice
Performance: Davin & Missy sing Say Something
DYV Students: Student Spotlight Interview No. 7
Practing Singing: Stuck inside? Why not #SING?
DYV Students: Student Spotlight Interview No. 6
Announcement: Someone to introduce you to!
DYV Students: Student Spotlight Interview No. 5
New Years Resolutions: #SING
DYV Students: Student Spotlight Interview No. 4
Announcement: Fine Arts Building, Open Studios - December 13
DYV Students: Student Spotlight Interview No. 3
Fear and Singing: Yes, you look silly.
Announcement: We’re Hiring!
DYV Students: Student Spotlight Interview No. 2
Fear and Singing: What are we all afraid of?
DYV Students: Student Spotlight Interview No. 1
Singing & Performance: You were born to sing.