Magnolia Music Studio offers highly-trained, experienced artist faculty who teach a variety of instruments. Select the faculty member's bio to learn more.


Cynthia Vaughn

Instruments: Master Teacher Voice & Studio Owner

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.


Grant Bierschbach

Instruments: Cello & Piano      

Grant Bierschbach, a Tri-Cities native, has been playing cello for 20 years. He performs regularly with regional ensembles, including the Mid-Columbia Symphony, Mid-Columbia Mastersingers, Walla Walla Symphony and Oregon East Symphony.                                                                                   


Emily Brown

Instruments: Voice & Piano

Emily Smith Brown, soprano, earned her Bachelor of Music Degree at Eastern Oregon University in 2015 with an emphasis in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance and a Minor in Theatre Arts. Originally from Juneau, Alaska, Emily has been teaching private voice and piano lessons to students of all ages since 2011.

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Instruments: Master Teacher Piano

Available Winter Semester 2018. Watch for details.



Kevin Laws

Instruments: Guitar, Bass, Saxophone, & Clarinet

Kevin Laws, a graduate of Eastern Washington University with a BA in Music Education, has been performing professionally on guitar and saxophone in the area for 6 years.At Magnolia Music Studio, Kevin Teaches lessons for all ages on Guitar, Bass, Saxophone and Clarinet.       

Athena Fritz

Instruments: Violin, Viola, & Piano

Athena has been playing viola for 16 years, after starting as a violinist. She studied music at Washington State University and Columbia Basin College, including orchestral, choral, winds, percussion, jazz and theory. She studied jazz piano with Steve Haberman.                                                                                                               



Jill Madison

Instruments: Voice

Jill Madison, soprano, has been praised for her "rich, lyrical sound" and "engaging stage presence." She graduated from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, commonly ranked in the top three music schools in the country. Madison brings a high level of expertise, musicality, and expression to her teaching.                          

Heather Hull Hart

Instruments: Master Teacher Voice, Violin, & Piano

Heather is accepting a limited number of homeschooled music students for individual weekly morning/early afternoon lessons. (Also accepting adult students with daytime availability.)

Heather Hull Hart is an accomplished music instructor, choral director, pianist, violinist, vocalist, and musical director, with over 25 years of professional music experience. 


skyler Mendell

Instruments: Trumpet

 Skyler Mendell is a dedicated music educator and trumpet player. He has been playing the trumpet for 13 years. He holds Music Education and Music Performance degrees from the University of Idaho, where he graduated in 2015. Currently, he teaches full time at Kiona-Benton City High School in Benton City, Washington.