Missy Wise | Associate Voice Teacher and Coach
45 Minute Sessions : $70
Voice Lesson, Artistic Coaching, Rep Work/MT Book Review in person or via Skype
A fixture of Chicago's Musical Theatre scene, there is no one out there who sounds quite like Missy Wise. Maybe that's why she recently won the 2018 Jeff Award for supporting actor in a musical, as Blanche in Bonnie and Clyde? Or why she was chosen as the winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing National Musical Theatre Competition? From her recent appearance in Legally Blonde at Paramount Theatre or her role as Alice in BoHo’s production of Bright Star, Missy brings to her teaching a diversity of life and performance experience. She is well versed in praise and worship music, has written and recorded albums, and studied operatic singing styles at Centenary College of Louisiana. She also helped found the prominent Stage Center Theatre Company in Shreveport, LA.
Since moving to Chicago, Missy has worked closely with Davin as a singer and teacher and is a Somatic Voicework™, The LoVetri Method level I teacher.
A session with Missy is an opportunity to hang with a professional musician not afraid to share what she has learned along the way. Even further, she is real and will open up about her struggles and how she continues to grow. One of Missy's clients shared: "Missy is great at meeting you where you are, figuring out how best to work with your voice, and provides great feedback."
Why do you sing?
Singing has been a part of my life since birth! I come from a family of musicians. We basically communicate through music. I'm having the most fun if I'm singing!
What kinds of clients can benefit from your teaching and coaching?
Clients who are curious, open, and looking to learn something new! If you're looking to learn new things about your voice, how you approach a song, how you can spruce up your audition book or repertoire of songs, or just how to have more fun when you're singing...then we'll have a great time.
What do you consider your strengths as a voice teacher and coach?
I have a lot of experience in performance of multiple musical styles AND training in technique. I believe that combination helps me approach my clients with understanding of what the market calls for, as well as how best to free up that voice and make the best sounds you can. I believe singing is storytelling, so I work with all my clients on expressing exactly what the song calls for through intentional story telling.
Who or what excites you in music right now?
I'm increasingly excited about convergence of styles. I'm really pumped about what's happening in soul/funk pop, modern bluegrass, electronic pop, and folk musical theater. Lots of amazing sounds and rule breaking and I'm ALL ABOUT THAT. In general, what excites me is artists pouring their guts out (Janelle Monae, Brandi Carlisle, Aretha Franklin, Kacey Musgraves, Al Green, Dolly Parton, Sara Bareilles, Billie Holliday, Lake Street Dive, Sarah Watkins, Sylvan Esso...)
What are you up to when you're not singing?
I'm somewhere laughing too loud, eating TexMex, watching movies, and running around/exploring beautiful Chicago!