Aimee Woods to Appear in Fundraiser Recital to Benefit MOVE (Magnolia Opera and Vocal Ensemble)


(Fort Collins – January 20, 2015) – Aimee Woods, Assistant Director of Magnolia Music Studio-Old Town will appear in a fundraiser recital featuring select songs from the leading class voice college textbook and song anthology, The Singing Book, co-authored by Dr. Meribeth Dayme and Magnolia Music Studios founder/ director Cynthia Vaughn to benefit MOVE (Magnolia Opera and Vocal Ensemble).

The proceeds will benefit MOVE, Magnolia Opera and Vocal Ensemble, which recently performed a sold-out concert version of Menotti’s Old Maid and The Thief, presented as a 1950’s radio drama.  MOVE, under the direction of Aimee Woods, is comprised of local emerging and professional singers with a passion for sharing opera and other vocal arts in an accessible concert-style environment.  The revenue from this benefit recital will directly support MOVE’s upcoming performance of a concert version of a contemporary opera.

Aimee WoodsMs. Woods is well known to the Northern Colorado arts community after appearing in several performances throughout the Front Range, most recently as the First Lady in Loveland Opera Theatre’s performance of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, in addition to performances at Union Colony Dinner Theatre and Longmont Theatre Company.  In addition to her prolific performing career, Ms. Woods is a respected teacher with over twelve years experience.  Recently named a Master Teacher at Magnolia Music Studio-Old Town, Ms. Woods is also the Vice President of the Colorado/ Wyoming Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

“The Singing Book is primarily a textbook for college voice class, but the arrangements are so beautiful that I’m not surprised when teachers want to perform the songs.”  Cynthia Vaughn commented on the repertoire selected for the upcoming recital.  “I particularly like Scarlett Antaloczy’s arrangements of The Water is Wide and Caro mio ben.  Dr. Meribeth Dayme and I chose a wide variety of songs that are very singable and have expressive texts.”

The benefit recital featuring Aimee Woods will be presented on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 7:30pm at the Magnolia Music Studio-Old Town, located at 210 West Magnolia Street, Suite 10, Fort Collins, Colorado 80521.  The program will be accompanied by Karen Stoody, piano.  General admission tickets are available for pre-sale for $10.00.  Tickets are also available for MOVE supporters for $50.00.  Tickets may be purchased in advance at  Tickets may be purchased at the door for $15.00.

A complete list of Magnolia Music Studio events follows, additional information and online registration may be found at


February 7, 2015
Aimee Woods, soprano in Recital
Karen Stoody, piano
Magnolia Music Studio-Old Town
Fort Collins, Colorado
April 19, 2015
Opera Fort Collins 6th Annual Tea with a Diva
Featuring Cynthia Vaughn in “Miss Manners on Music” by Dominick Argento
Fort Collins Country Club
Fort Collins, Colorado


About Magnolia Music Studio:

Cynthia Vaughn, singer/author, and former Colorado State University music professor founded Magnolia Music Studio-Old Town in Fort Collins, Colorado in 2008. After leaving academia in 2008, Vaughn planned an interim year teaching in New York City until the national recession rendered those plans impractical.  Cynthia and her husband, Terry, then purchased the lower level unfinished commercial space in The LoftsAtMagnolia at Mason and Magnolia when it unexpectedly became available. The 1400 square foot space opened in August 2008.

Vaughn taught singing lessons just three days a week and contracted artist-faculty to teach the other days of the week. Her goal to have 25 students by December 2008 was easily met when the studio opened with 23 registered students. Magnolia Music Studio-Old Town currently has five part-time voice teachers and four part-time instrumental teachers (fiddle, violin, harp, flute.) All teachers have undergraduate or graduate music degrees, or the professional equivalent and are active performers. Teachers collaborate on student and faculty recitals and are involved in many community events.

Magnolia Music Studio-Old Town is a member of the Downtown Business Association, Better Business Bureau, and a business sponsor for Realities for Children and Colorado State University’s Center for the Arts. Magnolia Music Studio founder/director Cynthia Vaughn is a member of the Regional Advisory Council for Central City Opera, Founding Board Member for Colorado Bach Ensemble, Advisory Board for Bas Bleu Theatre, and former Executive Board Member for Opera Fort Collins.

In June 2014 Vaughn joined her husband Terry in Richland, Washington where he is employed. The Vaughn’s plan to be in Washington for at least five years before returning to Colorado.  Cynthia continues to manage Magnolia Music Studio-Old Town with Assistant Director, Aimee Woods, while opening a second studio in Richland, Washington; Magnolia Music Studio-RiverWalk which opened in September 2014.

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About Cynthia Vaughn: 

headshotcynthiaWith thirty years private studio and university teaching experience, Cynthia Vaughn helps singers gain technical skill, vocal expression, style, and confidence. She has compassion and a joy for teaching that encompasses singers at all levels and ages. Her voice students include high school, college students, professional singers and actors, music educators, singer/songwriters, retirees, church and community singers.

Cynthia is widely respected as a teacher, performer, and co-author of a leading voice class college textbook and song anthology. Co-authors Meribeth Dayme, PhD and Cynthia Vaughn recently completed the Third Edition of The Singing Book  (WW Norton Publishers, Inc. NY/London, 2014.)  Cynthia is a member of National Association of Teachers of Singing, Music Teacher National Association, is a certified CoreSinging Teacher, and is certified Level Two Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy, Somatic Voicework™.

Cynthia has a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from San Jose State University, Bachelor of Arts-Music in Vocal Performance from California State University Eastbay, and completed doctoral coursework and recitals at the University of Northern Colorado.  She was on the voice faculty of Colorado State University, Cedarville University in Ohio, Arvada Center for the Arts, ArtConnectsInternational in Urbino, Italy, and a doctoral teaching assistant at the University of Northern Colorado.

She has performed professional opera, operetta, musical theater, oratorio and concerts in New York, Chicago, Cincinnati, San Francisco Bay Area and her home state of Colorado. Recent performances include soprano soloist in Fort Collins Bach Festival; “Duchess of Krackenthorp” in Opera Fort Collins’ Daughter of the Regiment; “Mother Abbess” in The Sound of Music, Old Beggar Woman/Ensemble in Les Miserables (True West Awards, Best Musical 2013),  “Martha” in White Christmas at Midtown Arts Center.

Cynthia and her husband Terry live in Fort Collins, Colorado and Richland, Washington where Terry is currently working.  Son, Trevor is a video game designer in Boulder, Colorado.  Daughter Katy is a singer/actor who resides in New York City.

In the fall of 2014 Cynthia will be available for a limited number of monthly 60-minute voice lessons for adult/professional students in Fort Collins, Colorado.  Cynthia is now accepting registration for new weekly teen-adult students in Richland, Washington for weekly lessons beginning in September. Cynthia Vaughn is also available for workshops and master classes throughout the country. 

Follow Cynthia on her blog “Singing in the Key of Me” on Tumblr.


About Aimee Woods

Aimee Woods, Assistant Director, was recently named a Magnolia Master Teacher.  She joined the faculty in 2009 and brings a wealth of teaching and performing experience, more than 12 years of teaching, performing and directing. Aimee participates in educational clinics and master classes and is Vice President of the Colorado/Wyoming Chapter of National Association of Teachers of singing.   She has performed professional opera and music theater along the Front Range including First Lady/The Magic Flute with Loveland Opera Theater and Kaye/The Taffetas with Union Colony Dinner Theater. Aimee earned her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Colorado State University where she performed leading roles with CSU Opera (Countess/Marriage of Figaro, Susanna/Susanna) and received her BM in Vocal Performance from University of Northern Colorado. She is a member of National Association of Teachers of Singing and is a certified CoreSinging®Teacher, trained by founder Meribeth Dayme.  In addition to teaching at Magnolia Music Studio, Aimee is Adjunct Professor of Voice at Front Range Community College in Fort Collins.  Aimee teaches all ages and styles including classical and contemporary vocal styles. She is sought out as a rock/pop vocal coach, working with several local band singers and singer/songwriters and rock operas. 2014 performances include Miss Todd in Menotti’s opera “The Old Maid and the Thief” (MOVE-Magnolia Opera & Vocal Ensemble) and Sweeney Todd/ensemble with Longmont Theatre Company.  “Miss Aimee” also enjoys working with children in our summer “Songs & Skits” music/drama camp. Aimee and her husband Jeremy live in Loveland, CO with their 5-year-old daughter.

About Karen Stoody

Karen StoodyKaren Stoody, pianist for Arias@Avos, Opera Fort Collins, and Colorado State University Opera has extensive experience in chamber music, choral, and solo accompanying. She is highly sought as an opera collaborative pianist and has played for regional Met auditions, Denver Lyric Opera Guild and other prestigious events.  Professor Stoody has been a staff pianist at Colorado State University since 2003 and is currently collaborative piano adjunct faculty.   Karen Stoody is also the organist at First United Methodist Church, Ft. Collins.



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