We offer a series of meaningful voice workshops that allow amateur and professional voice users to learn in community. Our workshops take each group into a safe, fun and exciting space of exploration and growth. Whether the topic be singing technique, song-writing, performance practice or acting, participants will be offered tools for practical application and will walk away feeling educated and invigorated. Oh, we also emphasize fun! (Workshops are paid in full in advance and are subject to our 24 hour cancellation policy.)
May 1, 11am - 1pm
Hoping to nail that next audition? Looking for an opportunity to gain experience? Want feedback on how you can audition better? Missy Wise has the workshop for you!
Participants will bring two, 32 bar cuts to share in a mock audition setting. Missy will provide practical feedback on audition basics, from choosing an appropriate cut to talking to an accompanist. Creative and supportive group feedback will be encouraged. Auditioning might just turn out to be fun!
May 19, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Billie, Ella, Sarah... jazz, right? What was it about that sound that was so uniquely Jazz in style? What does that mean for the contemporary jazz singer? What can you do to better sound the part? This workshop will address just that!
Led by voice teacher, performer and recording artist Alison Wedding, this workshop will specifically address jazz singing tools like tone quality, improvisation, listening and ensemble interaction. Participants will walk away with clearer intention and a more authentic sound.
Feb 7, 2-4pm
Ever wonder what “singing technique” really means? At Davin Youngs Voice, we believe that your body is set up to make a beautiful sound, and technique is learning how to let it do just that! In this workshop, Missy Wise will guide singers toward singing with more beauty and freedom through functional training. Emphasis will be placed on registration, focused listening and body awareness. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or someone who has been singing all of your life, you will walk away with a greater understanding of your voice, and you’ll have fun doing it. No need to prepare. Just show up and #SING!
Feb 27, 2 - 4pm
“Improvisation involves coming into a situation without rigid expectations or preconceptions.” – Bobby McFerrin
Doesn’t that sound like a great way to explore your singing voice? This unique workshop will help you do just that, in a safe and fun environment. Focusing on methods of vocal improvisation and play, Alison will help participants learn how to better access a freer vocal sound. Emphasis will also be placed on group singing, spontaneous expression and conquering the fear of it all!
March 12, 10 - 12:30pm
We’re taking the private session public! Think of this like a master class, but in a chill, fun and supportive environment. Davin will work with six participants in front of the group to help uncover more freedom and beauty in their singing voice. Whether you’re an experienced singer looking to refresh your technique or a beginning singer looking to hear your voice in public for the first time, Open Session will be an opportunity for experimentation, learning and growth.
Participants should bring one prepared piece in any style.
March 26, 2- 4pm
CLICK HERE to register (Limit 10)
In our continued series on singing improvisation, this workshop will take participants on a journey of risk, trust and play. Voice teacher and coach, Alison Wedding will guide singers toward a freer more authentic voice, leading singers down a path of deeper improvisation, personal musical language, rhythmic devices, and community driven sound. No direct improvisation experience is necessary, but some background in music making and the ability to sing in tune will be helpful.
April 7, 6:30 - 8:30pm
CLICK HERE to register (Limit 6)
We all know that great singing requires great technique. But, what’s beyond technique? What makes your performance uniquely you? In this workshop, voice teach and coach, Missy Wise will guide singers on an exciting journey of interpretation, performance and sharing. Participants will bring a prepared piece in any style to explore in front of the group. Style, key and arrangement will be addressed as well as performance practices to help singers best connect with an audience.
April 15 - 17
We are excited to welcome and support friend and mentor Jeanie LoVetri to offer for the first time in Chicago her Somatic VoiceworkTM The LoVetri Method Level 1 training.
Somatic VoiceworkTM The LoVetri Method is a body–based method of vocal training which draws from many disciplines.
Meant to un–self–consciously draw the mind of the singer into the physical process of making sound, The LoVetri Method allows the voice and body to be partners with the mind, whether for song or speech. It allows the voice-instrument to handle a variety of tasks with greater ease and less effort.
April 23, 2-4pm
Ever wonder what “singing technique” really means? At Davin Youngs Voice, we believe that your body is set up to make a beautiful sound, and technique is learning how to let it do that! In this workshop, Davin Youngs will guide participants toward singing with more beauty and freedom through functional training. Emphasis will be placed registration, focused listening and body awareness. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or someone who has been singing all of your life, you will walk away with a greater understanding of your voice, and you’ll have fun doing it. No need to prepare. Just show up and SING!
September 20, 2015 3pm - 6pm
Taking the private session experience public! Think of this like a relaxed master class in a fun and supportive environment. Six individual singers will work with Davin in front of the group to help uncover more freedom and beauty in their singing voice. All are welcome, from the very beginner looking to hear their voice in public for the first time, to the long-time singer hoping
to fix up specific issue or song, Open Sessions will be a unique opportunity to share your voice and learn from others who are doing the same.
August 29, 2015 10am - 1pm
"Improvisation involves coming into a situation without rigid
expectations or preconceptions.” - Bobby McFerrin
Doesn’t that sound like an awesome way to explore your singing voice? This unique workshop will help you do just
that, all in a safe and fun environment. Alison Wedding
will lead both beginning and experienced singers into a
greater and freer understanding of their voice, incorporating
principals of improvisation, group singing and voice technique.
This is your opportunity to use your voice and explore!
August 17, 2015 6 - 9pm
Want to nail your next audition? Looking for an opportunity to gain experience? Want feedback on how you can audition better? Missy Wise, has a workshop for you!
Bring two, 32 bar cuts to share in a mock audition setting. Missy will provide critical and helpful feedback on audition basics, from talking to the accompanist to walking in the room. Creative & supportive group feedback will also be encouraged. Auditioning might just turn out to be fun!
April 11 & 12
Davin Youngs Voice, The Chicago Voice Foundation Chapter, and The Chicago Institute for Voice Care are proud to present an exciting two-day workshop in Contemporary Commercial Singing Styles with New York based and internationally renowned singing specialist Jeannette LoVetri.
Learn more at openmindopenbody.com
March 1, 3 - 5pm
Looking for a safe space to explore your voice as an actor? Curious what it takes to dig into a character & tell a story? Join acting coach, KATHRYN BARTHOLOMEW, for a beginning acting workshop. Learn basics of the craft, and have a few laughs while doing it.
Cost per participant: $30
No experience required. Nothing to bring but yourself!
February 14, 12 - 2pm
We're excited to again offer this popular workshop! Join voice teacher and coach, DAVIN YOUNGS for an afternoon of beginning singing technique. Whether you’re an absolute beginner, or just feeling a bit rusty, you’ll take away essential skills to help your singing voice sound more beautiful and feel more free. All in a safe and encouraging environment.
Participants need not come with anything prepared.
January 18, 1 - 3pm
Want the gig? Hoping for that role?There’s only one way to increase your chances. Nail the audition! In this workshop, MISSY WISE will help you uncover how to do just that. Including...
+ How to choose the right musical cut
+ How to communicate with the accompanist
+ How to stay confident at deliver your best
Whether you’re a beginning auditioner or have a bunch under your belt, you’ll leave smarter, more experienced and READY!
Participants should bring a prepared song or 16 - 32 bar cut.
December 14, 2014, 3-6pm
Having trouble finding those power notes? Wondering what it takes to make a full and happy belt? From pop, to musical theatre to gospel to rock, belting is a requirement of the style. In this workshop, DAVIN YOUNGS will explore the function of belting in your voice and help you access a sound that is full, happy and healthy. Both male and female voices are welcome!
Participants may bring a prepared song if they like, but are not required.
November 22, 2014, 10am - 12pm
Whether preparing a song, monologue, or scene, creating and connecting with a character is essential in successfully communicating with your audience. But, where to start? What is the best way to dig in and understand the role you’re playing? KATIE BARTHOLOMEW will give you all the tools you need to create and share!
Particpants need not come with anything prepared.
October 25, 2014 10am - 12pm
We are happy to again offer this popular beginning technique workshop. Join voice teacher, MISSY WISE for a morning of learning in a safe and comfortable environment. Whether you're a beginning singer or a long-time voice user, you will walk away with useful information about how your voice works and how you can gain greater control over it. This will all culminate in application to a song and promises to be a whole lot of FUN.
Particpants need not come with anything prepared.
September 27, 2014 10am - 1pm
This intensive workshop will allow six participants to bring a prepared song in any style to perform for the group. In an interactive master class format, DAVIN will dig in with each singer to find ways in which voice technique can enhance their performance and self-expression.
Participants may bring sheet music, prerecorded accompaniment or accompany themselves.
October 11, 2014 10am - 12pm
What is it that makes your song successful? How can you best use your voice to sing it? What's going on when you truly connect with your audience?
MISSY WISE, singer-songwriter and voice teacher will help you discover your answers to these questions. Whether you're just starting to write, or have been performing your tunes for years, this workshop will help you improve your writing and connect more full with your voice in perofmance.
Particpants should come with a full or partial song to share.
July 20, 2014 3-5pm
Join voice teacher and coach, MISSY WISE for an afternoon of singing technique. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or an experienced singer, you’ll take away essential skills to help your singing voice sound more beautiful and feel more free. All in a safe and encouraging environment.
Participants need not prepare anything for this workshop.
May 31st, 2014 11am - 1pm
Come share with peers and get professional feedback and critique. We are excited to offer our second Monologue Prep 'n Share coached by acting associate KATHRYN BARTHOLOMEW
Participants should come with a monologue prepared.