Clayton Vaughn

Clayton Vaughn Portrait

Cellist Clayton Vaughn is a member of the Alabama Symphony and the Des Moines Metro Opera. He also has attended many renowned festivals including Tanglewood, National Repertory Orchestra, Music Academy of the West, and Meadowmount.  Past orchestral positions include principal cellist of the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, section cello of the Omaha, Fort Collins, and Greeley symphony orchestras, and substitute with the Colorado Symphony and Colorado Ballet.  In past years he has also been a member of the Meridian, Tupelo, and Firelands symphony orchestras.  Clayton received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Louisville with Paul York and went on to earn a Masters from the Cleveland Institute of Music studying with Dr. Melissa Kraut and Stephen Geber.  He completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Colorado, studying with Judith Glyde and András Fejér of the Takács Quartet. 

When away from the cello, Clayton enjoys whitewater canoeing and exploring rivers across the Southeastern US.  He also enjoys spending as much time travelling, cooking, and hanging out with his wife, KahYee Lee. 

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BFA in Cello Performance, University of Louisville
MM in Cello Performance, Cleveland Institute of Music
DMA in Cello Performance, University of Colorado at Boulder
ASO Member Since 2014