"I went to Donna with the intent of improving my voice – not my singing voice but my speaking one. As an actress, I was finding that the pitch and tone of my voice was not working to my advantage. Donna took me through a series of exercises and right after the first lesson I started to see improvement. She was able to connect my voice with my brain and show me the difference that focus and breath control could make on my voice. Genius! She showed me how singing relates to speaking which in turn relates to character.
She helped me to see, what fifteen years of classical training could not – that the placement of breath and sound are key to a great result!” - Christine Wall
- Christine is an actress and the author of several Sci Fi novels.
"I just wanted to take some time to tell you that I have been accepted to, and will be attending Berklee College of Music in Boston. All my recent accomplishments in music I must share with you, because without you, I would not have gotten to the place I am at now. Those years ago when I first started with you and even now have changed so much, and I notice ever time I sing the progress I have made. And I owe so much of that to you. This is my passion and I have such a need for it in life, and I wanted to take a moment to thank you very very very much. Keep inspiring people and moving personal mountains for them.” - Paige Meunier
"My experience with Donna Flynn as a Vocal Coach was absolutely incredible! She taught me quite a lot about my own voice. She helped me to loosen up while singing and to really sing the emotion of the song as opposed to “just singing”. She helped me feel very comfortable which was big for me as I was very nervous in the beginning. Donna worked with all the vocalists for the concert and we were all impressed with the customized help she was able to offer each person. Not to mention the various exercises we learned, from breathing to physical exercise and the practical advice on how to take care of my voice.
I went in constantly losing my voice from all my performances, and I left the training with Donna a much better steward of my voice. Knowing how to rest and knowing how to sing.
I still have a lot of learning to do, but Donna has shown me how to get to my goals as a songwriter/singer! Thank you!” -
- Toyin is a proud wife, mother and entrepreneur. Toyin is the winner of the Best African Female Gospel Artist award, African Entertainment Awards to name a few. She hosted television show “African Gospel Vibes” and has released several CD's and DVD a live concert recording, “Broken Spirit Contrite Heart”
“Your experiential teaching style took me out of the rut I was in. I had stopped progressing a long time ago and almost gave up. Then I found your website and decided to take a risk and try a lesson. You stretched my thinking and challenged me until I broke through the wall I had hit. I can now sing songs I have never been able to before. You promised that I would be empowered through the lessons in many ways and you were right. I cannot thank you enough for everything your coaching has done for me.” - Trish T.
"Donna Flynn is an incredible teacher. I came in with issues in maintaining vocal strength during lengthy performances and she completely changed my life! I'm able to sing with more power than ever before. My confidence has increased because and I'm an over all better performer. I would recommend her to anyone seeking vocal training." - Megan Schroder, Megan Schroder Presents
“Couldn't have asked for a better, more friendly, more encouraging, more humorous vocal coach! You are the Charles Darwin of Vocal Training. You observe and map out the evolution of your students inner voice. I can see great improvements in myself. Without you, this would not have been possible! You are Simply Amazing in every respect!!!!” - Desiree Corso
"I had such a great experience with Donna. I started off with 0 experience or knowledge on singing and after almost 2 years I can’t believe how far I’ve come. She really understands the body and as a result really knows how to get what you want from your voice. She’s patient but also knows when to challenge you and push a little further. I was so nervous to book that initial appointment because I’d never done anything like this before, but I’m so glad I did. Highly recommend 👌" - Marci Mancinelli , Marci Studios
“Recently I developed a voice problem which ended my ability to sing (a voice disorder caused by poor vocal habits called Muscle Tension Dysphonia). Fortunately I was referred to Donna to help me regain my voice. In just the first two lessons, my voice began to return. I am optimistic that I will make continual progress with her expertise and guidance.” - Alice Brown
"We LOVED your sessions, and both John and I felt that we learned more in our time with you than we had in the last three years! It was such a pleasure meeting you, and thank you so much!” - Boni Wagner-Stafford
- Boni and her husband John have sung with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
"I met Donna almost a decade ago when my younger daughter showed talent for singing and I wanted to give her the opportunity to grow in the art. Donna came highly recommended by a friend. Several years ago when my older daughter was in her senior year of a university undergrad program, I recommended that she study with Donna to further her speaking and presentation skills. Both of my daughters continue to flourish with Donna's versatile, highly skilled vocal coaching methods. My younger daughter has written and performed several songs available on music platforms and my older daughter is pursuing a masters degree. I feel incredibly privileged to have Donna in our lives as she has been an integral part of my daughters' growth, confidence and successes." - Mary Darakjian
"I've been your student for 3 years now and you have inspired me and pushed me to become the artist I am today! All of my accomplishments I owe to you! Music will and forever be my life and it is because of you. I will now have a career in my passion. Thank you for all you do! Your eternal student Sherisse Bailey xo" - Sherisse Bailey
HUGE congratulations goes out to Sherisse Bailey for being accepted into the music program at AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts, Los Angeles Campus." Sherisse Bailey
- Sherisse was awarded two scholarships. She is currently working for Sony and continues to develop her own music.
“Whether I'm in the studio singing hours on end or touring the world, playing shows night after night with my sleazy hard rock band it can take its toll on your vocal chords. Donna’s approach to voice has taught me great exercises to warm up before and cool down after shows. This has allowed me to maintain my voice while recording and on the road. My voice helps me capture the audience and lets me hold them in the palm of my hand throughout the show.
I have worked with other vocal coaches but Donna stands out as someone who is as excited to work with her students as they are to work with her.” - Dru Broda
- Dru, lead singer for indie band Reverse Grip is an entertainer by virtue of his singing and song writing.
"For me it was not just some voice lessons, it was a journey of learning about myself first of all. Learning to let go, to feel my body, the vibrations it makes, the tensions it makes and why...all fascinating to witness. Donna is very patient with me and yet she will push me at the right moment. At first I was very anxious to use my voice but she made me feel at ease right away. Even if I am emotional, she guides me through it. If I have a technical question, she knows the answer. I highly recommend!" - Celine Cemon
“Thank you Donna for so sensitively tailoring each session to my personality, talents and learning style. You calm and reassure me. Yet you also energize and encourage me. I leave each session more confident in myself and more excited for our next one. You're a delightfully positive breath of fresh air. I just want to take big delicious gulps whenever I see you!” -
"LA was so amazing. Probably the most amazing experience of my entire life. I have you to thank." - Stephanie Ferraro
- Stephanie performs as a Vocalist on Oceania Cruises. She has recorded with Grammy nominated Producer/Engineer Yan Perchuk.
"I am not a professional singer and don't even read music. However, I love to sing and wanted to learn more about my voice and how to improve my singing for personal pleasure. I took 6 vocal lessons with Donna Flynn over Zoom. She was superb at tailoring and individualizing the lessons to your specific strengths, weaknesses and goals. As I am only an amateur singer, and do not plan to practice like the Jackson 5, she ensured I was challenged without feeling discouraged. Her vocal and breathing exercises have helped me learn about my voice and how to sing better. There was one exercise that was particularly difficult for me, and she replaced it with another exercise that served the same purpose but was easier for me to master. I had the chance to pick a few songs that I like and we practiced the vocal and breathing techniques while singing them, which was loads of fun. Donna also recorded portions of the lessons with the exercises and emailed them to me, so that I could practice at home. All is all, a fantastic experience." - NP
- Happy to be part of her covid keep life fun plan.
“I am so grateful for all the work you have done with me. I am able to hold and sustain notes better than ever before. I am learning so much from you. It is such a blessing to me. Learning and growing so much. I cannot thank you for all the ways you are helping. It has been strengthening my voice.” - Kerry Olthof
“Donna has been able to finely pinpoint strategies to quickly improve my singing and speaking voice. She is able to communicate her wealth of knowledge on the human voice in a way that is fun, entertaining and memorable. Over the years, I have greatly enjoyed our sessions together. She is energizing, creative, and always encouraging. She cultivates a space where you can grow as an artist and public speaker. I look forward to our continued work together!” - Sonya Tomas
- Sonya, MIR, BSc Psychology and holds a Master's Degree from Queen's University
Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc. / Curve Music – Singer Johnny Favourite
Balancing a conventional job and a successful music career is the ideal scenario for Johnny.
Credits Include: Gold Album Holiday Romance. Juno Award winner. Multiple ECMA Award winner and nominee.
Johnny decided to move to the South of Portugal to do what he loved most, pursue his love of art and performing live music. He longed for a warm climate, less travel, and more fun. He found it.
- I was fortunate to be contacted by his producer to help prepare Johnny to record his album "Troubadour" and for the demands of performance. “Troubadour”, hit #1 in Canadian within the first three weeks of being released. It has been said to be “the finest jazz interpretative pop album this side of Buble”.
"The first thing I noticed as an adult beginner after trying other vocal coaches is that Donna makes you feel comfortable which is very important. This was not the case with some other coaches I tried who can make you feel like you are supposed to perform on the spot for them! Donna is also very knowledgeable, always giving creative and practical techniques that cater to your particular vocal needs and which evolve with your skill level. In addition, she really listens and I mean not only to your voice and how it is doing but she listens to you regarding your overall vocal goals.
It is not an exaggeration to say she is making my vocal dreams come closer than I ever imagined. In short, Donna’s combination of knowledge, teaching skills and supportiveness as well as her encouragement makes her an exemplary vocal coach whom I highly recommend." - Antonia (Smudge) Swann
- Antonia has a Ph.D. in economics. She has also received several awards including the “Band of the Year”, “Best Alternative Rock” at the Ontario Independent Music Awards and is a UK Songwriter Semi-Finalist and has had her music featured in an LA-based drama series.
“No one ever thought this would become so big! Donna, I have you to thank for this bit of fame :) as you encouraged me to look for a choir to join, and it has been loads of fun -- You are a huge inspiration to me.” - Cynthia Silversides.
- 54 Million YouTube Hits and Counting.
When Cynthia came to my office she wanted to learn to sing for fun and have time for herself. Little did we know at the time that her new hobby would lead her to a choir, something she had never done before, and take her down a path to something that will last forever.
"I have learned so much from you. Even the little time you have been teaching me has made a huge difference in my voice. It's wonderful how you help people find their own style.” - Loril Shannik, Musician www.lorilshannik.com
- Loril Shannik is a Celtic harpist with a special love for the traditional music of her heritage. She teaches harp and performs solo and ensemble.
“An impressive share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a co-worker who has been doing a little research on this. And he in fact ordered me lunch simply because I stumbled upon it for him… lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending the time to talk about this subject here on your site.” - Nathan Jeromy
“Donna is Amazing and Fun to Work With!! With her help and expertise my breathing capacity has been greatly enhanced. Now, when I facilitate seminars, I don’t run out of breath while speaking. Her knowledge in the field of voice and specialized techniques taught me how the diaphragm works and how to properly utilize it. By practicing these techniques I can control my breath while speaking for long intervals. I strongly recommend Donna to anyone who wants to improve their public speaking techniques.” - Anne Hurtubise - President, Emotional Intelligence Corporation www.eicor.com
“Your explanation as to how vibrato is developed is the most logical one I have been given. I need a bit more help. Your CD will do the trick.” - Robert Spadafora
"I think you and your voice are beautiful. As a recreational musician, I had never focused on vocals until I heard you sing. A deep, clear, strong, resonant sound that is jazzy and versatile. So loud but with total control. I have never heard anything like it. I love it. To me you are Patsy Cline, Carrie Underwood and Janis Joplin all rolled in one.” - Craig Appleton
“Donna helped me to go from my little voice to a big and powerful voice. I use her warm-up exercises every time before I go on stage to do my performance poetry - they bring out my voice. It's a very powerful place to come from when you're baring your soul on stage.” - Jill Binder
“I appreciate having your CD. Yours is the best one I have ever used. It is a treasure as I have moved out of the country and I will not be able to take lessons for a while. Thank you so much!” - Rubin Rivera Rodeo
- Rubin was assigned to serve in Baharan, Iran as part of the US Military. I’m very pleased to know that my vocal training CD will be there to help him continue to pursue his love of singing while doing such important work.
“A Whole New Light” Documentary: A documentary about the life of Vivian Chong was filmed recently to be aired in December 2011 called “A Whole New Light”. What fun it was to have her producer and crew in my office to film Vivian during a vocal lesson to be included in the documentary. Vivian did not let her inability to see me stop her from doing what she wanted to do most, sing! It was a blast to film the segment with her. Thanks Vivian for your continual inspiration.
- Vivian has gone on to become a comedian and motivational speaker. www.globalnews.ca/video/3213749/comedian-vivian-chong-returns-to-second-city
“We're all experienced facilitators, and we were all really impressed by how well you lead the session: you read the group, took control, and shared some really useful tools. It was just what I was hoping for. Thank you very much” - Michael Bungay Stainer, Senior Partner at Box of Crayons - fortune 500 corporate training and author