Cynthia Vaughn Opens New Magnolia Music Studio Location in Tri-Cities


(August 15, 2014 – Richland, Washington) – Cynthia Vaughn, founder and director of Magnolia Music Studio-Old Town in Fort Collins, Colorado and co-author of the leading class voice college textbook and song anthology, The Singing Book, is opening a new music studio located in Tri-Cities, Washington in September 2014.

Magnolia“I’m excited to join a thriving Washington regional arts community that boasts Mid-Columbia Ballet Company, Mid-Columbia Symphony, Mid-Columbia Master Singers, Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre, and The Toyota Center for touring Broadway shows.” Vaughn described the arts community that will now include the new Magnolia Music Studio-RiverWalk location. “It’s an exciting time to be in the Tri-Cities with expanding arts programs at Columbia Basin College, completion of the new REACH amphitheater, and plans to build a new Performing Arts Center. This is clearly a community that values arts education and I hope to make a difference by adding another creative outlet for local musicians.”

The former Colorado State University professor opened the original Magnolia Music Studio location in 2008 with just one voice teacher and one violin teacher, but the studio grew rapidly and now employs five voice teachers, a champion fiddler, and instructors in harp, violin, and flute offering over 100 private lessons per week. Vaughn hopes to duplicate that success at the new Tri-Cities location, which will initially offer voice and violin lessons when the studio opens on September 2, 2014 at 430 George Washington Way, Ste. 104, Richland, Washington 99352. Vaughn plans to expand the offerings as the studio is also hiring experienced vocal and instrumental teachers who are active performers with music degrees.

headshotcynthiaVaughn is widely respected in the field of music and has written dozens of feature articles and interviews for Classical Singer Magazine and was a longtime columnist for the National Association of Teachers of Singing newsletter Internos. She has performed in light opera, oratorio, musical theater, radio and TV commercials in California, New York, Illinois, Ohio, and her home state of Colorado. Vaughn recently performed professional music theater roles such as Mother Abbess (Sound of Music), Martha (White Christmas), and Ensemble in the award-winning production of Les Miserables at Midtown Arts Center in Colorado. Cynthia Vaughn enjoys working with experienced singers and novices, classical singers, pop singers, and choral singers.

The community is invited to Magnolia Music Studio-RiverWalk Open House and on-site registration at the Richland studio on August 23, 2014 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm.

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

August 1
Online registration opens
Magnolia Music Studio-RiverWalk

August 23
Studio Open House and on-site Fall registration  12:00pm – 4:00pm
Voice lessons with Cynthia Vaughn and violin lessons with Lindsay Tucker
Magnolia Music Studio-RiverWalk

August 29-30
Workshops for Student NATS Chapter and Graduate Voice Teaching Assistants
Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah

September 2
Fall Session I begins (six week term)
Magnolia Music Studio-Old Town & Magnolia Music Studio-RiverWalk


October TBD
Auditions for MOVE – Magnolia Opera & Vocal Ensemble
Aimee Woods, Artistic Director
Magnolia Music Studio-Old Town


October TBD
American Singer Master Class with Douglas Webster
International baritone based in Portland, Oregon
Magnolia Music Studio-RiverWalk

March 16-20, 2015
Spring Break Trip to New York City
Led by Aimee Woods, limited to 22 students and family members
Travel arrangements by Bob Rogers Travel Agency
Magnolia Music Studio-Old Town


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 Studios

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 up to five years before returning to Colorado. Cynthia will continue to manage Magnolia Music Studio-Old Town with Assistant Director, Aimee Woods, while opening a second studio in Richland, Washington; Magnolia Music Studio-RiverWalk is scheduled to open in September 2014.

Learn more about Magnolia Studios at

About Cynthia Vaughn 

With 30 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 Level Two 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 registrations 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.




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