Introducing our 2022 Guest Adjudicator and Clinician:
Cynthia Vaughn has compassion and a joy for teaching that encompasses singers at all levels and ages. Her voice students have include high school and college students; community and choral singers, retirees, professional singers, actors, and recording artists; music educators; and singer/songwriters. Vaughn is a respected singer, voice teacher, author, clinician, and presenter. She has been a member of NATS since 1983 and is associate editor for “Independent Voices” for NATS Internos newsletter. Vaughn was an invited master teacher for the 2020 NATS Intern Program (postponed to 2021 due to COVID). Vaughn recently relocated to Virginia to be near family after retiring from Magnolia Music Studio, the multi-teacher studio she founded and directed in Colorado and Washington 2008 to 2022. Previously, she was on the voice faculties of Colorado State University, Cedarville University in Ohio, ArtConnects International in Urbino, Italy and The Arvada Center for the Arts in Colorado. Vaughn and the late Meribeth Dayme, PhD, co-authored three editions of “The Singing Book”, a leading college voice class textbook/anthology. A new fourth edition (2023) is in progress with editor Matthew Hoch. Vaughn and Hoch complied and edited “The Essentials of CoreSinging: A Joyful Approach to Singing and Voice Pedagogy” by Meribeth Dayme, which was released in June 2022 by Rowman & Littlefield. As a performer, Cynthia Vaughn has sung professional opera, operetta, music theater, oratorio and concerts in New York, Chicago, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Washington, and her home state of Colorado. She earned an MA in Music-Vocal Performance from San Jose State University, and a BA in Music-Vocal Performance from California State University East Bay, before completed doctoral coursework and recitals at University of Northern Colorado.