Beverly Vaughn, mezzo-soprano, is a native of Columbus, Ohio, and a graduate of Loma Linda University in Riverside, California, with a B.A. in Spanish. Following graduation from Loma Linda University, she completed a Master of Music degree in voice performance at Ohio State University and was awarded a Corbett Foundation Fellowship for operatic study in New York City. She has appeared with numerous orchestras in concerts and recitals both in the United States and Europe as well as on international radio and both American and European television. From 1979 to 1982, she again attended Ohio State University where she received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in vocal performance and was subsequently hired by The Richard Stockton college of New Jersey to become a part of its music faculty and to serve as the Artistic Director of Choral Activities.
Despite her important teaching and conducting responsibilities at Stockton, Beverly Vaughn continues to pursue her professional singing and artistic career. During the past several years, she has, among other things, toured Europe in the title role of Carmen Jones, presented solo recitals throughout the East Coast, appeared with Opera Ebony, performed in France and Brazil, and frequently appears in duo-concert with acclaimed soprano Betty Lane.
Finally, although Beverly Vaughn has enjoyed fine classical training and professional success, one of her greatest joys has been praising God through the ministry of music. Since her earliest years, she has worked with and performed with the music of her heritage in the Black church. She continues this service as music director of one of Atlantic City, New Jersey’s, important African American churches, performs with the Celebration of Praise Ensemble.