Cynthia Blough-Retana, a graduate of DePauw University, has been a member of the Oakland City University music faculty since 1992, first as an adjunct instructor (1992-1997, 2002-2008) and, since that time, as a full-time lecturer.
Her teaching background also includes private vocal technique (1972-present) in Detroit, Michigan, Los Angeles, California, and in Indiana at the University of Evansville. She taught at Wood Memorial Junior and Senior High School from 2002-2008.
Ms. Blough-Retana’s professional training includes post-graduate study with Miss Marjorie Lawrence, Hot Springs, AK. (opera), Mr. Avery Crew, Detroit, MI. (vocal technique), Dr. Richard Spear, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. (acting), Mr. Boris Goldovsky of the Metropolitan Opera (operatic staging), Herr Hermann Reutter (German lieder) and Mr. George London (opera), both at the American Institute of Musical Studies, Graz, Austria, Mr. Seth Riggs, Los Angeles, CA. (opera and pop vocal technique and styles), and Ms. Gwendolyn Koldovsky, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. (art song).
Her professional singing career includes numerous solo recitals, symphony guest soloist appearances, and vocal awards. She also has been an artist-in-residence, a vocal competition adjudicator, released a Christmas album, and been a guest artist with the Regensburg, Germany, Stadttheater Opera Company.
Ms. Blough-Retana directs the OCU University Choir as well as other vocal ensembles, teaches private voice, and teaches a number of other music courses.
She was named OCU’s Teacher of the Year in 2012.