DYV Students: Student Spotlight Interview No. 19
November 26, 2014
Have you ever met someone you think you’d like to be when you grow up? Lynn Hauser and her husband Neil fall into that category for me. She’ll tell you a bit more, but Lynn & Neil live lives FULL of Chicago culture and art, punctuated with music lessons. We often struggle to make to get singing in during our sessons because we seem to always end up talking about the cultural events we’ve been attending. But, when we do get singing, we have a lot of fun! Let’s get to know Lynn a bit better…
Davin: Hey there, Lynn! Can you give us a quick bit about yourself? Where are you from? What fills your days? etc.?
Lynn: Hi, Davin. I’m a retired eye surgeon, originally from Ohio, but I’ve lived in the Chicago area since starting college. Since retiring from medical practice, I’m devoting time to art activities, mostly art appreciation, as in visual art shows and lectures, concerts, and theater performances, even opera. I played violin and viola through high school and participated in some vocal groups off and on. Then, about 5 years ago I started taking guitar lessons as an activity to share with my niece, and I love it.
Davin: Now, I know your husband started lessons before you did. What made you decide to take the plunge as well?
Lynn: I had been thinking about voice lessons for years, and especially after I started playing guitar at the Old Town School of Folk Music where the guitar classes sing and strum. The idea of voice lessons intimidated me, though. My husband Neil started voice lessons when he was invited to audition for a men’s singing group. I started singing with him when he practiced at home. I asked him what you were like, Davin, and since he said you were very instructive and also very encouraging, I decided to try it myself.
Davin: How have you found the experience? Was it what you imagined? Any surprises along the way?
Lynn: I found the singing lessons to be WONDERFUL. Scary at first, but very rewarding. You are supportive and understanding. The experience has been liberating. I feel more comfortable singing in my guitar class now. I was surprised at how invigorating the lessons are.
Davin: You have been very open to the process which helps! What keeps you so committed to your music lessons? (guitar and voice)
Lynn: The thing that keeps me committed is the pleasure the music gives me. It is relaxing to practice, a stress reducing activity, even though you are working to learn. I like that the process takes me into a state of concentration that makes time seem to stand still. It is so much fun.
Davin: What advice would have for someone like you who was contemplating taking singing lessons?
Lynn: I recommend singing lessons to any one who is thinking they might like to try. It is rewarding, even if you are only singing by yourself. It’s a good feeling to hear the difference in the sounds you can make with guidance from a terrific teacher.