Cynthia Vaughn

Cynthia Vaughn

Cynthia Vaughn

“Helping someone find or rediscover their authentic voice is the most rewarding thing I can imagine. Singing is not just for a few elite superstars. Singing is for everyone and can last a lifetime!”
—Cynthia Vaughn

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 (with Meribeth Dayme, PhD) of a leading voice class college textbook and song anthology, The Singing Book  (WW Norton Publishers, Inc NY/London) now in its 3rd Edition. Cynthia  is a member of National Association of Teachers of Singing, Music Teacher National Association, is a Certified CoreSingingTM Teacher, and completed Level 2 Certification in Somatic VoiceWorks- Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy. Cynthia 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 University of Northern Colo.   Cynthia was on the voice faculty of Colorado State University, Cedarville University in Ohio, Arvada Center for the Arts, and ArtConnectsInternational in Urbino, Italy. She has performed professional opera, operetta, music theater, oratorio and concerts in NY, Chicago, Cincinnati,  San Francisco Bay Area, Washington,  and her home state of Colorado. Recent performances include "Mother" in the Christmas opera Amahl and The Night Visitors and soprano soloist in Handel's Messiah with Mid-Columbia Symphony and MC Mastersingers Symphonic Choir (2017), soprano soloist with Yakima Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream; “Miss Manners on Music” for Opera Fort Collins (CO), Mid-Columbia Mastersingers (WA), and YSO Donor Concert. At Midtown Arts Center in Colorado (2013-2016) she performed “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. She made her Shakespeare debut with The Rude Mechanicals as the "Lady Abbess" in A Comedy of Errors (2016), followed by "Queen Alonso" in The Tempest in Richland and Walla Walla (2018) and debuted with Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre as "Grandma" in The Addams Family (2017).  Cynthia and her scientist husband Terry live in Richland WA. Cynthia has immersed herself in her new community as founder of Opera On The Vine, Tri-Cities Painted Pianos Project, a member of Richland Rotary Club member, and member of Mid-Columbia Mastersingers. Son Trevor is a video game designer in Portland OR. Daughter Katy is a singer/voice over actor in NYC and Portland OR.  Follow Cynthia's blog "Singing in the Key of Me" on Tumblr

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

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,, Barnes & Noble,