Magnolia Music Studio-RiverWalk Hosts Art Show


(February 17, 2015 – Richland, WA) – Magnolia Music Studio-RiverWalk is hosting an Art Show February 28, 2015 featuring local artists Brandi Dayton and Tina Murphy with live music courtesy of Magnolia Music Studio’s faculty and students.

Magnolia“When I was decorating Magnolia Music Studio-RiverWalk last summer, I had a blank slate,” Magnolia Studio owner Cynthia Vaughn said. “The space had previously been a financial advisor office and was appropriately beige. I wanted color and creative energy to greet music students as they entered the studio. I discovered Brandi Dayton’s vibrant mixed media art at the Richland Summer Farmer’s Market in the Parkway and fell in love with her Neo Art Deco works and colorful songbirds that are painted on old sheet music and hymnal pages.  I bought a print, and then went back the next week for an original work.  I bought a couple more new pieces when she posted the finished works on Facebook.  By September I had enough Brandi Dayton art for the entire waiting area in the studio.  Nearly everyone comments on the beautiful art work.”

The Art Show will be held on Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 10:00am – 2:00pm at the Magnolia Music Studio-RiverWalk (430 George Washington Way, Suite 104, Richland WA 99352).  Entrance is free of charge and extra parking is available at Roasters Coffee.

Brandi Dayton

Brandi Dayton

“I am looking forward to the upcoming art show at Magnolia Music Studio-RiverWalk with Tina Murphy and Cynthia Vaughn.”  Self-taught artist Brandi Dayton exclaimed.  Dayton has been a resident of the Pacific Northwest since her early teens.  Inspired by the art deco period and whimsical children’s illustrations, her award winning artwork fills homes throughout the country.  “Tina Murphy and I have been friends for five years and do many shows together.  We are both inspired by color and elements of art nouveau.  I hope people will come out and see our new 2015 work, and enjoy a day of art and music.”

Tina Murphy

Tina Murphy

Fashionably adorning the world one art piece at a time, Tina Murphy, has been designing and handcrafting jewelry for fifteen years.  Murphy creates one of a kind wearable art.  “Come enjoy a lovely afternoon filled with art and artisans.”  Murphy added,  “I’ll have many new jewelry items and new Tucson Gem Show finds.”

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

February 28, 2015

Magnolia Art Show
Featuring Brandi Dayton and Tina Murphy
Magnolia Music Studios-Riverwalk
Richland, Washington

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 will continue to manage Magnolia Music Studio-Old Town with Assistant Director, Aimee Woods, while opening the second studio in Richland, Washington; Magnolia Music Studio-RiverWalk opened in September 2014.

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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.

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

About Brandi Dayton

Kennewick artist Brandi Dayton was born in Southern California and has fond childhood memories of wandering through local museums and enjoying the sights and smells of artist festivals. She moved to the Pacific Northwest in her early teens, bringing with her a love for the arts. Heavily influenced and encouraged by her talented and creative parents, she is now living her dream of being a professional artist.  Brandi’s work has won awards and fills homes throughout the country; her murals can also be seen in Corvallis, OR and on the Island of Maui Hawaii. Brandi’s easily recognizable, brightly colored mixed media paintings bring a warm joy to your soul and a smile to your face. Brandi draws inspiration from the art deco period and whimsical children’s illustrations. She is self-taught and lives life with a joy that pours from each and every painting. She and her husband Jon have been married nineteen years and have three children.

Learn more about Brandi Dayton at


About Tina Murphy

Tina Murphy has been designing and handcrafting Gemstone Jewelry for over fifteen years. Tina is a self-taught Expert Wire Wrap artisan.  Her husband Jim Murphy is an award-winning Lapidarist and together they create one of a kind wearable art. Tina likes to use rare and seldom seen stones in her work. She is a wire wrapper first and foremost, but she is skilled at silversmithing as well. 2 Cool Creations Jewelry has been featured in numerous Gallery Shows, and is available at various galleries including the Sixth Street Art Gallery in Prosser, the REACH gift store, and her website. Her motto is: “Fashionably adorning the world, one art piece at a time!”

Learn more about Tina Murphy at



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