DYV Students: Student Spotlight Interview No. 11

April 13, 2014

Yo! It’s student spotlight time and I couldn’t be more excited to introduce you to Sarah. I believe Sarah is a great representation of a lot of our students in that singing was a part of their life in youth, but somehow managed to lose it’s grip in adulthood. Therefore, why not find a way to reintroduce it? And that is just what, she is doing… except it turns out that it’s not just about singing. Read on and find out more.

Davin: Hellooooooo, Sarah! Tell us about yourself. Where are you from? What brings you here? What fills your days? That sorta thing!

Sarah: Hey Davin! Well, I was born and raised in the UK but I moved out to Toronto for university and I’ve spent the last six years knocking round Ontario. Still didn’t manage to lose my accent though! I just moved to Chicago in September to start a PhD and I absolutely love it here so far. I study ancient art and archaeology so I spend most of my time reading about really, really old things in a darkened library and downing large amounts of coffee! In my spare time I explore the city in search of good (though not necessarily healthy) food and plan research trips to sunnier parts of the world.

 Davin: So, why voice lessons? Is this something you’ve done in the past?

Sarah: I did a lot of choral singing and the odd school musical as a teenager but I’d never taken lessons, no. A lot of my favorite memories from high school were strongly connected with singing and music though, and I really missed having that outlet in my life. Moving to a new city seemed to be the perfect time to jump back in!

Davin: Are your goals the same since you began lessons or do you feel they’ve shifted?

Sarah: Overall, I think they are pretty much the same - at the start, as you know, I mostly wanted to get to a specific point where I could feel comfortable auditioning for a choir again. Now it’s become much more about exploring my voice and discovering what I can do with it, without limiting myself to reaching a specific “standard”. I just couldn’t have predicted how much I would love doing this! One of my new aims is to work up the courage to sing, alone, in front of other people. I did as a teenager but never since and it’s something I wouldn’t even have thought of doing six months ago. Definitely not there yet though… other than in the studio, obviously!

Davin: Ultimately, where do you see singing fit into your life?

Sarah: Hmmm… that’s really hard to define. It’s a creative outlet, for sure. But I also think that for me personally singing is almost meditative. It allows me to stop thinking about whatever I’m working on or worrying about and just focus on my body and breathing. I do have a tendency to over-think things and often feel like my brain is constantly on the go - so singing helps me to take a break, centre myself… and have fun at the same time! 

Davin: Any parting words for someone nervous about jumping into the process?

Sarah: Other than ‘go for it’!? Seriously though… go for it! It can be kind of scary, admitting that this is something you want to try but it’s such a rewarding experience once you get over that first hurdle. Be warned though, it’s super addictive… once you start singing you won’t be able to stop!

 Davin: Awesome! Thanks, Sarah!

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