Performing Arts


Linda F. Vaughn developed an interest in music at a formative age. As a child, she often took piano lessons and sung in her church choir, as well as played the flute during high school in their school band. As time progressed, Ms. Vaughn pursued a formal education at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, where she earned both a Bachelor of Music in organ performance and vocal education and a Bachelor of Arts in German in 1974. Thereafter, she attended the University of Illinois, from which she received a Master of Music in choral conducting in 1975 and a Master of Arts in German linguistics in 1979.

Impressively, Ms. Vaughn was afforded the opportunity to study abroad in Vienna while attending Hope College, where she was tutored by acclaimed organist and composer, Peter Planyavsky. Since completing her education, she has thrived in a decades-long career in music and academia. At the inception of her career in 1984, she served as a choir director and organist at the First Baptist Church of Urbana in Illinois, where she remained for nine years. Thereafter, she served the Community United Church of Christ in Champaign, Illinois, for an additional 21 years and the Zion Lutheran Church in Philo, Illinois, for two years.

Lending her expertise to academia, Ms. Vaughn was a tenured faculty member in vocal music for the Urbana School District in Illinois between 1990 and 2015. During this time, she served as the accompanist for The Chorale from 1994 to 2001, as well as taught German at Danville Area Community College between 1996 and 2000. Since 2017, Ms. Vaughn has excelled as an organist and choir accompanist at the St. Peters United Church of Christ in Champaign. Additionally, she performs at the Etude Mozart Music Club.

Demonstrating versatility in her field, Ms. Vaughn is a certified life insurance producer in the State of Illinois, as well as a certified crochet instructor via the Craft Yarn Council, of which she has been a member since 2009. To remain abreast of developments in her field, she is a lifetime member of Delta Omicron, Delta Phi Alpha and the American Choral Directors Association. Moreover, she is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the Dutch International Society and the National Genealogical Society.

In her spare time, Ms. Vaughn enjoys crocheting items for sale at Jubilee Farms, through which she sews and crochets clothing. Married to her husband Charles since 1999, she is the proud mother of three children: Timothy, Andrew and Peter.

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