Involved with music for as long as she can remember, Linda F. Vaughn continues to lend her services as an organist to the St. Peters United Church of Christ and to the Zion Lutheran Church. She has performed with the former since 2017 and the latter since 2015, preceded by positions as an organist with the Community Church of Christ and the First Baptist Church, an accompanist with The Chorale, the choir director of the First Baptist Church of Urbana, and a performer with the Evening Etude Mozart Music Club. Additionally, Ms. Vaughn was a choir teacher for Urbana School District #116 for 25 years. She considers the highlight of her career to be having the ongoing opportunity to learn and grow.
Ms. Vaughn prepared for her endeavors by earning a Master of Arts and a Master of Music from the Illinois in 1979 and 1975, respectively, and both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Music from Hope College in 1974. She also became a certified life insurance producer and a certified teacher in the state of Illinois, as well as a certified crochet instructor from the Craft Yarn Council. To keep in touch with her peers, she joined prominent organizations like the National Association for Music Education, Delta Omicron, Delta Phi Alpha, and the American Choral Directors Association.
Looking to the future, Ms. Vaughn hopes to be remembered for her success in the industry and for her exemplary playing style. As a testament to her achievements thus far, she was featured in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women. Her advice to the younger generations is to be passionate and knowledgeable about the field and to be creative in making music appealing to children; every student is different.
When Ms. Vaughn has free time, she enjoys crocheting, sewing, baking, and studying genealogy. She has also been a crochet instructor at Michaels in Champaign, Ill., since 2012.