Mark is a fully Certified and Licensed Instructor at The Institute for Vocal advancement where he undergoes rigorous ongoing training and mentoring to ensure that he is always raising the bar in his teaching and his own voice. IVA is very focused on the science of voice and sources all corners of the globe to expand their knowledge of the vocal mechanism and its functioning.
He trained under several Speech Level Singing Master teachers including Greg Enriquez, Wendy Parr and of course Seth Riggs, vocal coach to the stars including Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. He was Certified by SLS as a teacher after several years of training as a singer .
He trained as an actor with Jacques Lecoq, Phillippe Gaulier and Ben Ratner. He has appeared in films, TV series and has performed widely as a stage actor, ranging from playing Shakespeare at La Comédie Française in Paris to Pink Floyd's The Wall at Vancouver's Rio Theatre. He has worked as a voice over artist with jobs varying from playing leads in French films, to all the characters in a Coca Cola commercial to artist Nan Goldin's father in her exhibition at Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.
Mark has written and performed his own material in English and in French. He has headlined concerts throughout France and in Vancouver. He has opened for artists like Ireland's Luka Bloom and was chosen as one of 10 artists in BC to have their songs arranged for the UBC Symphony Orchestra. He subsequently performed the song live with them at the Chan Centre, Vancouver to a sold out audience in December 2011. While his teaching has somewhat eclipsed his endeavors in this domain he is slated to record a new album in in September 2014.
Mark has begun studying in New York under the one of the world's foremost voice coaches for actors (Daniel Day Lewis, Ian McKellen, Judi Dench) and World Leaders in Politics and Business, Olympic Gold Meadalists etc.
Lessons are a one to one basis at Mark's downtown Vancouver studio or via Skype.
Lessons are for anybody who wishes to develop their voice, be it personal or professional.
Regular lessons are typically a 30 minute intensive work out. First lessons and project specific lessons (audition, gig, recording, speech etc.) should be 60 minutes in length.
Lesson rates are $60 for 60minutes, $45 for 45 minutes and $35 for 30 minutes. First lesson is free!
Bring along a recording device, (smart phone etc.) to record the lesson. If you don't have one don't worry I can record it for you.
Looking forward to working with you,
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Welcome to the website of Mark Downey Vocal Studio!
Mark Downey Vocal Studio opened its doors in October, 2012.I now have 14 singers, musicians, actors, a radio and TV presenter and several people realising their singing voices for the first time as students. I am also teaching in English and French which is a real joy. I pack my bags at the end of this week and head for Los Angeles to study with legendary voice coach, Seth Riggs. Seth originated the Speech Level Singing technique 50 years ago and has since had over 120 Grammy winners as clients ranging from Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson to Josh Groban and Philip Webb. I am very, very excited about doing this in person with the Maestro and expect to bring back some deep knowledge from the wise one!
More to follow......
"I went to Mark so he could teach me how to sing my bands music live without straining my voice, I came out of lessons not only being able to do that, but I have control of my voice.... and more importantly, an understanding of why."
Andrew Gerard, (Guitarist back up singer from Canadian Rock group DANHA), www.DanhaOFFICIAL.com
" I'm an actor, a workshop facilitator, and I occasionally give talks. But I'm a shy closet car singer. And I have found a miracle worker for my voice. Mark Downey has cleverly coaxed sounds out of me I never knew I had. After each concise session, I'm thrilled & motivated and wanting to practice. I highly recommend anyone who speaks and / or sings in their profession or for fun to take his coaching and really own your voice"
Trilby Jeeves, http://buffooneryworkshops.com