Cynthia Vaughn

Style: Pop; Opera; Rock; Classical; Musical Theatre


Title: Author/Teacher/Clinician


Cynthia Vaughn (she/her) recently retired as founder/director of Magnolia Music Studio (Colorado 2008, Washington 2014-2022). In nearly 40 years as a voice teacher, she has established nine independent studios across the country and was on the voice faculties of Colorado State University, Cedarville University in Ohio, ArtConnects International in Urbino, Italy, and The Arvada Center for the Arts in Colorado. She has compassion and a joy for teaching that encompasses singers at all levels and ages. Her voice students include high school and college students; professional singers, actors, and recording artists; music educators; singer/songwriters; retirees; and community singers. Cynthia Vaughn is a respected singer, voice teacher, author, and clinician. Cynthia Vaughn and Matthew Hoch edited The Essential of CoreSinging: A Joyful Approach to Singing and Voice Pedagogy by Meribeth Dayme (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2022). Vaughn and the late Meribeth Dayme, PhD, co-authored The Singing Book, a leading college voice class textbook and song anthology ((1st, 2nd, 3rd editions 2004-present, W.W.Norton & Co NY/London North American and International editions). The 4th edition of The Singing Book by Cynthia Vaughn and the late Meribeth Dayme, edited by Matthew Hoch, will be published by Rowman & Littlefield, Spring 2023. Cynthia Vaughn was one of “57 experts from across the US” selected as a contributing author for The Voice Teachers Cookbook: Creative Recipes for Teachers of Singing (Meredith Music Resource, 2018). Vaughn is Associate Editor for Independent Voices for National Association of Teachers of Singing Inter Nos, NATS biannual member publication (2018 to present.) In the 1990s Vaughn wrote the “Currents” column for NATS Inter Nos, focusing on current pedagogy trends and the new internet technology. During that time Vaughn was also a writer and editor for the original New York based Classical Singer Magazine, contributing 40+ articles and interviews. One of those interviews was with the legendary voice pioneer and author Meribeth (Bunch) Dayme, PhD, author of Dynamics of the Singing Voice. This was the beginning of a twenty five year friendship and collaboration that continued until Dr. Dayme’s death in 2019.

Cynthia Vaughn, soprano, has performed professional opera, operetta, music theater, oratorio and concerts in New York, Chicago, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Washington, and her home state of Colorado. She recorded contemporary and choral studio vocals in San Francisco and Chicago in the 1990s. Recent stage performances include “mature” character roles in music theater and Shakespearean comedies. She holds her MA in Vocal Performance from San Jose State University, her BA in Vocal Performance from California State University East Bay, and completed doctoral coursework at University of Northern Colorado. Cynthia Vaughn has been a NATS member since 1983 and was elected Governor of the Intermountain Region (July 2021). She is currently a member of Virginia NATS. She was honored to be a Master Teacher for the NATS 2020 Intern Program (postponed to May 2021 due to Covid.)

Voice Type: Soprano

Music Styles Taught: Pop; Opera; Rock; Classical; Musical Theatre

Availability: I am currently accepting private students; I am available as a clinician or presenter; I offer lessons in a group environment

Contact Information


430 George Washington Way, Ste 104
Richland, WA
USA 99352

MOBILE: 509-420-3546


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