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Magnolia Music Studio artist/teachers focus on the individual student’s goals, learning style, pace, and musical interests. Our desire is to encourage a love of music that will last a life time, whether as a student or community musician, or as a career. We offer trained, experienced faculty who teach voice and a variety of instruments. All faculty have music degrees or university music study and are active professional performers. Master Teachers have advanced degrees and 20+ years experience.

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Cynthia Vaughn

Instruments: Master Teacher Voice & Studio Owner

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Grant Bierschbach

Instruments: Cello & Piano        


Emily Brown

Instruments: Voice & Piano


 Athena Fritz

Instruments: Violin, Viola, & Piano

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CARI exarhos

Instruments: Voice

Soprano Cari Exarhos holds a Masters of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Idaho Lionel Hampton School of Music, where she studied with Pamela Bathurst. Cari is an accomplished performer and educator with 8+ years of professional musical experience. She has been cast in a wide range of operatic roles, most notably as Sister Genevieve (Suor Angelica) and Micaëla (Carmen). Cari worked as Assistant Conductor for the Vandaleers Concert, and studied under the direction of Dr. Paul Thompson. Cari adapts her instruction to the specific needs of each student. She is accepting new voice students for Winter Semester 2019. Welcome!

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Heather Hull Hart

Instruments: Master Teacher Voice, Violin, & Piano


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. 





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Instruments: Voice, Guitar

Note: Mr. Wagnon will be on leave until Summer Flex Session 2019

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Instruments: Piano/Jazz Piano

Washington State musician, Joshua Lindberg, is both an educator and avid performer.  He graduated with his Master of Music degree from Eastern Washington University in 2017.  Lindberg also has a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Eastern Washington University.  While attending EWU, his teachers included Dr. Jody Graves, piano; and Dr. Don Goodwin, conducting.  Lindberg’s previous teachers include Patti Robertson and Steve Haberman.

As a classical pianist, Lindberg has competed in and won several music completions.  At the MusicFest Northwest Festival in 2011, Lindberg was awarded the Gold metal for his performance of Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2 in the collegiate concerto division.  Additionally, Lindberg played clarinet in the EWU Wind Ensemble, jazz piano in the Repertory Jazz Ensemble, sang Tenor in the Symphonic Choir, and served as the Drum Major of the Eagle Marching band.  He was the Co-President of the EWU Collegiate MTNA Chapter (2013-2015).  Recently he has been the rehearsal and performance pianist for the Spokane Civic Theater, Mid-Columbia Musical Theater, and Columbia Basin College Summer Showcase.

Lindberg has maintained an active piano studio in Kennewick, Washington and served as head piano teacher of the Columbia Music School from 2007-2009.  Currently, Lindberg is the Director of Choir and Piano Lab Teacher at Kennewick High School.


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Instruments: Flute

Emily James holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance from Ithaca College, where she studied flute with Kelly Covert, Kristin Bacciocchi-Stewart, and Dr. Wendy Mehne. Locally, she has played with the Walla Walla Symphony, Walla Walla Valley Bands, and The Little Theater. Her performances are often improvisatory jams with local musicians spanning genres such as classical, jazz, rock, and world music. She played flute, keyboards, and backup vocals in the folk-rock bank Galloway until 2011. In addition to teaching students to read music and play beautifully, Emily's teaching style encourages improvisation, playing by ear, and learning to trust one’s own musical creativity. She is currently studying with Registered Piano Technician David Tarnowski to learn the art of tuning, repairing and regulating pianos. Emily works as a stage manager for the Walla Walla Symphony and a youth choir administrator for the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers.

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Instruments: Voice

Magnolia Music Studio-RiverWalk is delighted to welcome Abigail Bennett Carterby (Mezzo Soprano) to our voice faculty beginning FALL 2018! Mrs. Bennett Carterby has been performing and studying classical voice for 9 years, Including extensive study with tenor Karl E. Hedlund. Abigail is an active performer in classical and contemporary pop/rock styles. In the Tri-Cities, Abigail's performances include Desert Tones, Mid-Columbia Mastersingers, and Mid Columbia Musical Theatre. Her favorite theatre credits include Wednesday Addams (The Addams Family/MCMT), Liesl Von Trapp (The Sound of Music/MCMT), and Jemima (Cats/MCMT). Abigail attended Columbia Basin College in 2014, studying vocal performance and music theory. She is currently pursuing a degree in Education with an Emphasis in Special Education. She also has worked locally with both Pasco and Kennewick School districts, specializing in the Special Services department. 

In vocal lessons, Abigail Carterby focuses on technique, posture, vocal health, building confidence, and creating good vocal habits. Abigail teaches all ages Youth-Teen-Adult and classical to contemporary styles. Abigail also enjoys helping students to prepare for auditions and competitions such as Solo & Ensemble Festival. When she is not performing or teaching, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their fur babies.

"Every student is full of wonderful potential. I believe in setting individualized goals for each of my students and helping them to build confidence." -Abigail Bennett Carterby