Master Teacher Cynthia Vaughn has more than 30 years private studio and university teaching experience. Cynthia 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 and 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 3rd 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 Assoc, certified CoreSingingTM Teacher, and has Level 2 Certification in Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy. She has a Master of Music Vocal Performance/San Jose State University, Bachelor of Arts-Music in Vocal Performance/Cal State Eastbay, and completed doctoral coursework and recitals at Univ of Northern Colo. Cynthia 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 TA at Univ of Northern Colo. She has performed professional opera, operetta, music theater, oratorio and concerts in NY, Chicago, Cincinnati, San Francisco Bay Area and her home state of Colorado. Recent performances include soprano soloist with Yakima Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, “Miss Manners on Music” for Opera Fort Collins (CO) and Mid-Columbia Mastersingers (WA), “Bird Woman/Miss Andrew” in Mary Poppins, “Aunt Eller” in Oklahoma!, "Mother Abbess" in The Sound of Music, Ensemble in Les Miserables (True West Awards, Best Musical 2013), and “Martha” in White Christmas at Midtown Arts Center, Fort Collins. She was soprano soloist for Fort Collins Bach Festival; "Duchess of Krackenthorp" in Opera Fort Collins' Daughter of the Regiment. Cynthia and her husband Terry live in Fort Collins, CO and Richland WA, where Terry is currently working. Son, Trevor is a video game designer in Hawaii. Daughter Katy is a singer/voice over actor in NYC. Follow Cynthia's blog "Singing in the Key of Me" on Tumblr http://cynthiavaughn.tumblr.com/
Cynthia is currently accepting registrations for new teen-adult voice students in Richland, WA (Tri-Cities.) Cynthia Vaughn is also available for workshops, adjudication, and masterclasses anywhere in the country.
“In many ways, I’ve come full circle in my voice teaching. I started out teaching teenagers and church choir singers in my living room, recording each lesson on a cassette tape. After years of teaching university students, professional singers, and music educators, I still find delight in a beginning adult student singing a very first solo or a teenager discovering her head voice! I now have a dedicated studio (not shared with the TV, couch and cats), and I’ve got more technical gadgets than I probably need, but it really comes down to the people. Helping someone ‘find their voice’ is the most rewarding thing I can imagine."
THE SINGING BOOK Meribeth Dayme & Cynthia Vaughn, 3rd edition 2014, W.W. Norton & Co, NY/London 978-0-393-92025-3
A joyful introduction to the art of singing, written with the needs of beginners in mind.
With a "sing first, talk later" philosophy encouraging beginning students to sing without judgment or criticism, The Singing Book opens the door to learning repertoire and the more technical aspects of the voice. A three-part structure begins with motivational chapters and imaginative exercises focusing on basic technique, then offers a wide-ranging repertoire including improvisations, world songs and hymns, music from shows and films, popular songs, jazz standards, duets, art songs, and arias. Part Three thoroughly explains how the voice works and how to develop healthy technique. Designed for all skill levels and voice types, The Singing Book 3rd Edition includes an anthology of 75 songs, many brand new to this edition and all chosen specifically for the beginning singer. The DVD—included free with the purchase of a new book—comes with the melodies and accompaniments of all 75 songs, providing students with an essential tool for practice and performance. The text's appendices feature a new quiz for students to test their Singing IQs, methods for preparing song texts, extra warm-ups and exercises, a guide to the International Phonetic Alphabet, a brief primer on reading music, and a bibliography and list of online resources. Available at college bookstores, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, wwnorton.com