Kevin J. Vaughn is Director of Music and Organist at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in South Bend, Indiana, and enjoys an emerging national and international career as a concert artist. He performs regularly as a solo organ recitalist, and recent engagements include concerts at churches and universities in California, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, New York, South Carolina, and Washington. Past tours also include performances in Berlin, Germany, and Toronto, Canada. He also appears frequently in collaborative programs of sacred music for voice and organ with baritone Stephen Lancaster, and their first recording, Sacred Song, was recently released on the Albany label (June 2018). In addition to performing, Vaughn enjoys teaching lessons and guest masterclasses and has previously served on the instructional faculty of Goshen College (organ, harpsichord) and the University of Notre Dame (piano, organ), teaching private and group lessons to undergraduate and graduate students.
Vaughn was a semifinalist in the 2013-2014 cycle of the National Young Artist Competition in Organ Performance sponsored by the American Guild of Organists and won first prize in the 2015 Immanuel Lutheran Church Organ Scholar Competition in Evanston, Illinois. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in piano, organ, and sacred music, including the first Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance conferred by the University of Notre Dame. His former teachers include Phyllis Warner, Gail Walton, and Craig Cramer. An active member of the American Guild of Organists, Vaughn is Past Dean of the St. Joseph Valley (IN) Chapter and holds the Guild's Colleague certificate. In addition, he maintains membership in the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians and the Organ Historical Society. www.kevinjvaughn.com