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Singers will be selected to participate in daily master classes of solo vocal literature. Master classes will focus on a variety of subject matter. In addition to daily master classes, a series of lectures will be given on a variety of topics.

Participants will have opportunities to perform in a series of public recitals. Singers wishing to explore small vocal ensemble (duets, trios, and quarters) and/or chamber music may express interest and will be paired with appropriate singers and instrumentalists, enrollment allowing. Auditors are welcome.


Jeanie Darnell

Jeanie Darnell

Jeanie Darnell is Professor of Music and Head of Vocal Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Bower School of Music. As a concert artist, Darnell has been hailed by critics throughout the United States and in Europe for her "wonderfully bell-like tones" (Wertheimer Zeitung). A regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 1998, she has been in demand as soprano soloist of major concert and oratorio repertoire. She has been a featured soloist with the Gesellschaft für Musiktheater (Vienna), Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, the Southwest Florida Symphony, Opera Naples, Patronato Peruano de la Música Centenarios, Operafestival di Roma, Corsi Internazionali di Musica, Omaha Symphony, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Denver Bach Festival, Naples Bach Ensemble, Fort Myers Symphonic Master Singers, Lindsborg Messiah Festival, Colorado Music Festival, and Rocky Mountain Music Alliance. A champion of new music, she has presented concerts of works throughout the United States by composers Robert Boury, Don Freund, Richard Hundley, Lori Laitman, Marcia Marchesi, Timothy Snider and Z. Randall Stroope.

As a 2016 Fulbright Scholar Award Recipient, Darnell taught courses in Vocal Pedagogy and a seminar in American Song at The National Conservatory of Music in Lima, Perú. Darnell completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy at the University of

Colorado-Boulder in 2002 while already heading the voice area at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She has lectured on the male adolescent voice at the International Congress of Voice Teachers (ICVT) 2009 Paris Conference, the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) 2008 National Conference, and the ICVT 2005 Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. She also has lectured on recital repertoire from Schubert to Berg at College Music Society (CMS) regional conferences, and presented her research on "The Songs of Robert Boury" at the 2006 NATS National Conference.


As an adjudicator, she has judged, among others, at the 19th and 20th Concurso Internacional Canto de Lírico de Trujillo (Trujillo, Perú), El Concurso de Canto Lírico de la Radio Filarmonia (Lima, Peru), and the Denver Lyric Opera Competition. She has taught master classes throughout the U.S. and abroad, to include: National Youth Chorus of Perú, Peruvian Ministry of Education, National Conservatory of Music (Lima, Perú), Universidad Catolica (Lima, Peru), Konservatorium Wien Private University (Vienna, Austria), Austin Peay State University, Baylor University, State College of Florida, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of North Florida, Reinhardt University, Youngstown State University, and the Opera Naples Gilbert and Sullivan Youth Program. Her students have placed in many competitions, and have been selected for numerous summer programs, graduate schools and internships.

Misook Yun

Misook Yun

Praised as a singer of “exquisite clarity” and “virtuosity,” lyric soprano Misook Yun has performed in Italy, Austria, South Korea, and the U.S.


An accomplished operatic performer, Ms. Yun has appeared in the roles of Mimi, Cio Cio San, Nedda, Tosca, Santuzza, Micaela, Adina High Priestess in Aida, and Violetta.  As a concert soloist, Yun’s major performances include Chants d'Auvergne, Elijah, Faure’s Requiem, Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, Schubert Mass in G, Mozart’s Requiem, Magnificat, Haydn’s The Creation, Four Last Songs (Strauss), Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Carmina Burana, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, and Messiah.  She performed with companies including Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra, Warren Philharmonic Orchestra, Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera Fort Collins, Rogue Opera, Opera Western Reserve, Bayshore Lyric Opera, Valley Lyric Opera, Opera Circle, Eugene Opera, and Youngstown Opera Guild.

​Yun won the audience choice award at the Classical Singer Convention in May 2010 in New York City.  Her other competition winnings include the Northwest Regional finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition, and first prize in the Paul and Lillian Petri Scholarship

Competition which enable her to go study abroad in Austria and Italy. Yun's competition winnings include the Northwest Regional finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition,, the concerto competition at the University of Oregon, and first prize of the Paul & Lillian Petri Scholarship Competition which enabled her to study in Italy and Austria during the summer of 1997. She has also been a semi-finalist in the Vera Scammon International Vocal Competition, and the audience choice award at the Classical Singer Convention in May 2010 in New York City.

Yun has studied and coached with Mark Beudert, Tae-Hee Cho, Eun-Kyung Kim, Gregory Mason, Lorenzo Malfatti, Robert McIver, James Miller, and Milagro Vargas, and as well as participated in masterclasses with Martina Arroyo, Marcia Baldwin, Vera Scammon, and Norman Shetler.

An accomplished pedagogue, she has taught at the University of Oregon as a Graduate Teaching Fellow for six years, Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon for four years, and Kyung-Ghi Night School in Korea for two years. At Youngstown State University, she has taught the courses of Italian/English Diction, German Diction, French Diction, Vocal Pedagogy and Applied Voice. In the summer of 2004, she was one of the twelve National Association of Teachers of Singing interns chosen through out the North America. Dr. Yun is a professor at the Dana School of Music, Youngstown State University.

Cynthia Vaughn

Cynthia Vaughn

Cynthia Vaughn is a respected teacher/clinician, author, and performer, currently based in Norfolk, Virginia, USA, where she teaches in person and online.  Previously, she was on the voice faculty of Colorado State University and Cedarville University in Ohio, and taught voice in Urbino, Italy two summers for ArtConnects International (with director Michael Baron).


Cynthia works with singers of all genres—classical, musical theater, and contemporary singers and songwriters. Her clients include professional performers, voice teachers, community singers, and recording artists. Former students have appeared on Broadway, off-Broadway, national/international tours, concerts, opera, and community theater. Her online students currently join her from Canada, Lisbon Portugal, Boston, NYC, Wisconsin, Washington, and Virginia.


Cynthia is a frequent invited clinician and guest adjudicator presenting masterclasses and workshops via travel or Zoom. In 2021 she was one of five invited Master Teachers for National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) prestigious Intern Program for Early Career Professionals. 

As an author, Cynthia Vaughn is best known as the co-author (with Meribeth Dayme) of The Singing Book, a leading group voice textbook and song anthology for university group voice classes and independent studios. The new 4th edition will be released June 1, 2024 by Rowman & Littlefield and NATS Books. Other books include The Essentials of CoreSinging: A Joyful Approach to Singing and Voice Pedagogy by Meribeth Dayme, edited by Cynthia Vaughn and Matthew Hoch, Rowman & Littlefield, 2022 and a chapter in The Voice Teacher’s Cookbook: Creative Recipes for Teachers of Singing, Meredith Music, 2017. Cynthia Vaughn is Associate Editor for “Independent Voices” for NATS Inter Nos e-magazine. Earlier in her career she wrote for Classical Singer Magazine, writing or editing more than 40 articles and interviews. You can find her writing on Facebook and her website blog “Singing in the Key of Me”

Cynthia Vaughn has performed professionally in opera, operetta, art song recitals, music theater, and as soprano soloist with orchestras and choruses in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Cincinatti, Washington, Colorado, and Urbino, Italy. Favorite performances include Adele in Die Fledermaus, Elsie in Yeoman of the Guard, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, Kate in Kiss, Me Kate and soprano soloist in Bach cantatas, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation, and Mozart’s Requiem. Cynthia has retired from opera and concert work, but still enjoys playing older musical theater characters like Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music and Bird Woman in Mary Poppins. 

Mária Temesi

Mária Temesi, soprano

Mária Temesi is an official ambassador and vocal consultant for The Hungarian State Opera as well as Professor and Head of the Vocal Music Department at Szeged University's Faculty of Music. She is a Franz Liszt awardee and chairperson of the board for the HAZÁM, HAZÁM, TE MINDENEM Artistic and Educational Foundation. Her name is noted in the “Hungarian and International Who is Who”, Berlin “Opernlexikon”, the Munich “Grosses Sängerlexikon”, the London “Who is Who in Music”, and is listed as as one of the best known Hungarian opera singers in the Hungarian encyclopaedia. “For the recognition of the art and deep expressiveness in dramatic soprano roles, especially in the exceptional portrayals of the heroines of Wagner, while singing in oratorios and the song repertoire is first rate and highly successful” from the inscription on the Cross of the Order of Merit received in 2016 from the President of the Republic of Hungary.  


In her home town of Szeged, Temesi graduated as a vocal and piano teacher. Then in title role of Bellini’s Norma she performed her final exam at the Hungarian State Opera’s Erkel Theater where she received a honours degree in opera at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest. She won two international vocal competitions: 1981 Rio de Janeiro, SBRAC Singing Competition and in 1985 Philadelphia – The Luciano Pavarotti Vocal Competition.

She sang numerous leading roles at the Hungarian State Opera and internationally across Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America as well as many concert halls  and opera theaters as regular guest artist: Dresden, Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Köln, Zürich, London, Birmingham, Nice, Toulouse, Paris, Lisbon, Madrid, Milano, Parma, Firenze, Zágráb, Bratislava, Prague, Ankara, Istanbul, Athens, Cairo, Montevideo, New York: Donna Anna, Vitellia (Mozart), Desdemona, Elena, Aida, Leonora, Elisabetta, Alice, Amelia (Verdi), Mimí, Manon, Georgetta, Tosca (Puccini), Adriana (Cilea), Santuzza (Mascagni),Tatjána, Lisa (Tchaikovsky), Elsa, Eva, Elisabeth, Ortrud, Ring: Sieglinde, Brünnhilde (Wagner), Kostelnicka (Janáček), Gertrudis királyné (Erkel), Freihild, Chrysothemis, Marianne, Adelaide, and Haushälterin (R. Strauss).  


Temesi is the founder and artistic director of The Jószef Simándy International Singing Competition which is Hungary’s largest heritage singing competition and will be held again in 2018. She has discovered countless talented young singers and has become their vocal teacher and mentor. Her students include young singing stars of the Hungarian and international stage (Kátai, Rálik, Bobanj, Kiss, Bakonyi, Molnár, Kálnay, Baracskai).

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