Magnolia Music Studio Celebrates Sixth Anniversary at Fort Collins Location


Magnolia(August 29, 2014 – Fort Collins, CO) – Cynthia Vaughn, co-author of the leading class voice college textbook and song anthology, The Singing Book (M. Dayme/ C.Vaughn), a collaboration with Dr. Meribeth Dayme, is celebrating the anniversary of Magnolia Music Studio-Old Town, the music studio she founded in Fort Collins, Colorado six years ago.

Established in 2008 by the former Colorado State University voice professor, the downtown music studio offers vocal and instrumental lessons for adults, teens, and youth in the lower level commercial space of The Lofts at Magnolia, 210 W. Magnolia St, Ste. 210, Fort Collins, Colorado.

“Looking back, it seems crazy to have started a small business in the 2008 recession.” Vaughn remembers. “Six years ago people were cutting back on non-essential expenses. I learned, however, that a lot of people consider music lessons essential for enjoyment and quality of life.”

As a community music school, Magnolia Music Studio has distinguished itself with the experience and high quality of its faculty and connections to the community, arts organizations, local charities, and Colorado State University.  Magnolia Music Studio is a business sponsor of Realities for Children, Midtown Arts Center’s Young Audience Series, Colorado State University’s Meet Me at the UCA Concert Series, Opera Fort Collins’ educational series, Bas Bleu Theatre, and a member of the Downtown Business Association.

Cynthia Vaughn & Aimee Woods

Cynthia Vaughn & Aimee Woods

Voice teacher Aimee Woods joined the faculty of Magnolia Music Studio in 2009 and has recently been named a Magnolia Master Teacher and Assistant Director of Magnolia Music Studio-Old Town.  Ms. Woods earned a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Colorado State University and a Bachelor of Music from University of Northern Colorado.  Active throughout the Colorado music community, Ms. Woods is also on the voice faculty of Front Range Community College, is the Music Director for Fort Collins Children’s Theatre, is the Artistic Director for MOVE-Magnolia Opera & Vocal Ensemble, and is the Vice President of the Colorado/Wyoming Chapter of National Association of Teachers of Singing.

The Magnolia Music faculty includes voice teacher Nathan Hickle M.M, (music faculty at Front Range Community College); voice teacher Alexandra Trosper M.M (Boulder’s Parlando School, Denver’s School of Rock); voice teacher Kimberli Render M.M. (Colorado State University adjunct professor, Liu in Opera Fort Collins’ Turandot); harp teacher Alaina Bongers M.M. (Magnolia Master Teacher, Director of Northern Colorado Harp Festival); fiddle teacher Vi Wickam (Magnolia Master Teacher, fiddle champion, recording artist, and national adjudicator); violin teacher Karoline Barnett (toured nationally, teacher at Denver’s El Sistema); and flute teacher Rachelle Crowell (principal flutist, Loveland Orchestra.)

Magnolia Music Studio founder Cynthia Vaughn is opening a second Magnolia Music Studio location in Richland, Washington.  Magnolia Music School-RiverWalk opens September 2 offering voice and violin lessons. Vaughn will teach voice lessons at the new studio and return to Magnolia Music Studio-Old Town studio monthly.

“It is an exciting challenge to start a second music studio out of state. I can only do this because I have such confidence in Aimee Woods and the outstanding teachers and students in Fort Collins.  I am not starting Magnolia-RiverWalk from scratch, but applying what I’ve learned the past six years.”

Learn more about Magnolia Music Studios-RiverWalk here: Cynthia Vaughn Opens New Magnolia Music Studio Location in Tri-Cities .pdf

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

August 29-30
Cynthia Vaughn Workshop
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 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.



Press release available in .pdf: Magnolia Music Studio Celebrates Sixth Anniversary at Fort Collins Location



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