Mark Downey Vocal Studio

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"The change in my voice after two lessons was remarkable! I was hitting notes I hadn't dreamt off, and thinking of my instrument in a whole new light. Mark continues to give me the confidence to let my voice soar, in a supportive, FUN environment. He is a delight! I'm excited to develop the voice I always knew I had, with Mark's guidance and expertise."

Kendra Anderson
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"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 / backing vocals from Canadian Rock group DANHA)
www.DanhaOFFICIAL.com

"I had been searching for a voice teacher I could trust and who would help me improve as a singer and performer for the last 4 years. But no one had that spark; that passion for music and the intuition for vocal health. Mark Downey does."

Kendra Anderson
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"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/

"Since working with Mark I have seen a incredible improvement in my range and comfort while singing. He has a knack for figuring out what needs to be worked on and inspiring me to improve on those weak areas."

Brad Thompson

"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 / backing vocals from Canadian Rock group DANHA)
www.DanhaOFFICIAL.com

About Mark

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

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 60 minute intensive work out.

Lesson rate is $60 for 60minutes. First lesson is complimentary!

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,
Mark

Book your lesson here

Latest News

Body over Mind: unleash your Power Presence

Scientific research at Universities such as Harvard, Columbia and Berkley has confirmed that our body posture will immediately and considerably change the chemical configurations of our brains to the extent that it significantly shifts our self-confidence, either positively or negatively. This proportionately affects the perceptions others hold of us affirmatively or adversely within a minute, sometimes seconds.

(See Professor Amy Cuddy of Harvard Business School discuss this on TED talks.)

“I am really much more interesting than I sound”. Once it comes to speaking our confidence in our voices amplifies or diminishes our charisma. Confidence comes from having the technique to open and project our voices. Do not believe that your voice is unchangeable. It just needs to be freed.

“What do I do with my hands?” You can tell when a speaker has taken certain public speaking courses. They all make similar, safe gestures and we instinctively do not give them our complete trust as we feel perhaps they may be hiding something under that packagi. However, when the posture is aligned, the voice is free and we are connecting with true presence to our listener(s), our actions organically begin to suit our words. Our true selves are revealed and our listeners reciprocate by truly listening.

If you would like to attain permanent powerful presence, both verbally and nonverbally, book your first lesson with Mark Downey Vocal Studio!

"Waiting for Godot" by Gare St Lazare Players Ireland

Congratulations to Mark Downey Vocal Studio student Conor Lovett and Gare St Lazare Players for the new upcoming touring dates in 2014-2015!

- All the dead voices.

- They make a noise like Ashes.

Gary Lydon and Conor Lovett wait a while.

Congratulations to MDVS students -- Chahira and Kamelia Merarsi!

These sensationally artistic ladies will be performing and competing in Conseil culturel et artistique CB (CCAFCB)'s concert - Pacifique en chanson. The competition features francophone artists from BC and the Yukon.

Very honored and proud to be part of Chahira and Kamelia's artistic growth. Can't wait to see you ladies perform on June 7th.

Artists and Event Details: http://www.ccafcb.com/index.php/en/our-projects/pacifique-en-chanson.html

Vocal Coaching the cast of "White Hot" by Kindred Entertainment!

Working with the WhiteHot cast has been a fantastic experience. Don't forget to check them out - last show is on May 17th. Go to Kindred Entertainment's website below to get your tickets! "White Hot is a darkly comedic psycho-drama crammed into a love triangle between a troubled woman, her opportunistic husband, and her trashed sister. Burrowing fearlessly into themes of sexual deviance and social depravity, White Hot playfully struts the razor's edge between hilarity and horror. A feel-dirty comedy not to be missed!"

Director: Ben Ratner Starring: Loretta Walsh, Noel Johansen, Stefania Indelicato and Charlie Carrick THE SHOP THEATER – 125 East 2nd Ave May 8th-17th Tues-Sat 8pm

http://www.kindredentertainment.com/index.html

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......

Testimonials

"I'm very fortunate to have been working with a fantastic voice and presence coach Mark Downey since September through my TV, radio interviews with the CBC, Canadian Business, etc. and at various live and broadcasted speaking engagements. If you are interested in elevating your charisma and leadership skills, voice is a huge part of it and I'd love for you to join me and other Vancouver's top business leaders in his exclusive workshops"

Alice Chen, (Export Ventures Group Inc.), www.exportventuresgroup.com

" Prior to working with Mark the voice was a mysterious and inconsistent aspect of my work. I was almost afraid of it. Now it feels like a much more accessible and exciting area that is filled with potential. Mark's lessons have given me a whole new confidence in my vocal ability. He addressed and worked through a pretty serious vocal concern I had and has helped me to understand that my voice has changed and will change and to embrace this with due care and attention. Mark's approach is practical and clear and the regular exercises yield great results quickly. Most of all, I've been able to put Mark's work into practice right in the middle of performance when I felt I needed a little extra help."

Conor Lovett, (Gare St Lazare Players Ireland), http://garestlazareireland.com

" Mark’s passion and commitment to voice work coupled with his knowledge of body movement makes his sessions engaging, inspiring and transformational. Wether you're a seasoned actor or new to the craft, Mark is a positive and encouraging mentor dedicated to your success. I would recommend his technique and process to anyone devoted to achieving their potential on stage and in film."

James Hutson, http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0404537/

"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