Tynan Davis: From the Way-Back of the Station Wagon to Here

Such voice; she pours out her gorgeous lyric mezzo like honey.

Such style; her chic gamine taste is too playful and elegant for anyone else to pull off.

The face of a Rossetti model, the big heart of a sister, and the fierce musicality of a seasoned performer…

If Tynan actually had a mean bone in her body you would hate her.

I’m serious. You would feel hopelessly inadequate. Instead, you can’t help but be drawn to such loveliness. If you’ve known her for 5 seconds you want to be her best friend.

What is it about Texas girls?! 😉

Growing up, she sang with The Children’s Chorus of San Antonio, and today listeners describe Tynan as a dynamic and radiant performer.  She’s also impossibly down-to-earth and human in her performances. She recently made her Bel Canto at Caramoor debut as Cousin Hebe in Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore with The Orchestra of St. Luke’s under the baton of Will Crutchfield.

Other operatic and concert credits include: Mahler 2nd Symphony and Beethoven 9th Symphony with the Festival Orchestra of Christ Church Oyster Bay, the title role in Carmen and Bach’s Cantata 82 with the Rapides Symphony Orchestra, and Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte and Ado Annie in Oklahoma! with the Natchez Festival of Music.  Tynan was also a finalist in the 2010 Liederkranz Competition and a semi-finalist in both the 2010 Palm Beach Opera and Joy in Singing competitions!


But wait, there’s more! In about a week she’s singing on a masterclass at Carnegie with Marilyn Horne!

Masterclass with Marilyn Horne | Monday, Jan 16, 2012 | 7:30 PM

Tynan, what was the first aria you learned?
The first aria I learned was Voi che sapete from Le Nozze di Figaro. I was a senior in high school and I prepared it for the annual spring Texoma NATS competition. I don’t remember the actual performance as much as I do the collaboration with my first coach, Rogelio Riojas-Nolasco. It was a one-off coaching and performance arranged by my high school voice teacher and I never saw him again, but he clued me in on the hormonal subtext that makes Cherubino such a sweet, pesky and lovable character.

So, is your family musical?

My mother is a beautiful musician. She is a choral conductor and accompanist and is by far the most inherently musical soul I know. I started my musical journey as a toddler under the piano, then graduated up to the bench as her principle page turner.

What was your first stage experience like?

Since singing Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler” in the way-back of the station wagon probably doesn’t count, I’ll say my first significant solo stage performance was in the 5th Grade talent show at Harmony Hills Elementary in San Antonio, TX. I was (am) a huge Bette Midler fan and I sang Wind Beneath My Wings to a very weepy group of PTA moms. I still remember what I wore and what it felt like to walk to the center of the stage in that cafetorium.

Do you sing in the shower? 

With reckless abandon!

Love it! What is a technical reminder you give yourself while warming up?

When warming up, I try to focus on efficiency and alignment. My posture and breathing give me the most trouble, so I spend most of my warmups keeping my posture in check and keeping my support as even and unforced as possible.

Then what do you practice – exercises, new arias, difficult arias…?

When I move on to actual practice, it tends to be an extension of the warmup; keeping support consistent while  threading changing vowel shapes and consonants onto that foundation. I practice things slowly and deliberately at first, then bring things up to speed (hopefully) without losing the legato line. At the end of my practice, I usually try to sing through something without thinking of anything but how fun it feels to open up and sing. It gets me out of my critical brain and reminds me of why I do this in the first place: Because it feels good to make music!

Thanks, Tynan! I love ya, girl!

Listen to this girl sing on her website: Tynan Davis, Mezzo Soprano then go watch her and “Jackie” Exploring the Art of Song: Masterclass with Marilyn Horne | Monday, Jan 16, 2012 | 7:30 PM (CarnegieHall.org lists this event as “limited availability”, so call 212-247-7800 and see if you can get in.)

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  1. I am just one of many proud uncles… who are definitely more proud of her spirit as a human than anything else, though the singing calms hearts and makes souls soar.

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  2. I was one weeping that 5th grade performance and have watched Tynan blossom into the beautiful, talented, and dedicated woman she is today. She’s such an engaging presence on any stage – and her voice is transporting. Thanks and kudos to the author!

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  3. La bellezza della sua voce non è paragonabile alla bellezza della persona….Tynan è fantastica in every sense of the word. Sono felice d’aver fatto parte della sua crescita musicale. Thank you for such a moving article and, thank you Tynan for being your wonderful self, always.

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