Shenandoah Conservatory is a one of a kind training program with opportunities for students to be exposed to a wide variety of music and creative artists. You will be hard pressed to find another university where you can walk down the hallways and hear students singing Bach, Gershwin, AND Green Day. SU is a truly unique place where students are trained to be fully prepared for the ever changing job market they will enter upon graduation.
B.M., Cleveland Institute of Music; M.M., Louisiana State University
- Matthew Edwards is one of the leading voice teachers for Contemporary Commercial Music Styles (Musical Theatre, Pop, Rock, Country, R&B) in the United States with students performing professionally throughout the world. Professor Edwards' vocal interests encompass many styles. He has performed numerous operatic and musical theatre roles with companies including: Tri-Cities Opera, Ash Lawn Opera Festival, New Jersey Opera, Atlantic Coast Opera Festival, Bay View Music Festival, the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic Pops, Hudson Valley Symphony, the Miami Valley Symphony, Cincinnati Opera Outreach, and Lyric Opera Cleveland Outreach. As a guitarist, keyboardist, and singer, he has performed pop/rock as a solo artist and with numerous bands. He has directed and acted with The Theatre Lab (Dayton, OH), Canal Days Festival (OH), and KNOW Theatre (Binghamton, NY) where he was also Executive Director from 2008-2010. He has served on the production staffs of the Dayton International Air Show's 100th Anniversary of Flight celebration, and the Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular. As a vocal producer and consultant, he has worked with numerous producers on projects with artists in styles from R&B to Heavy Metal to Country, Pop, and Rock. He has received awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Southern-Tier Opportunity Coalition (Top 20 in their Twenties), Dayton Opera Guild Competition, and The National Association of Teachers of Singing.
- Former and current students have performed on American Idol, Broadway, off-Broadway, on national and international tours, on national television, cruise ships, at theme parks, and in bands playing throughout the United States. He has written articles for the the Journal of Singing, the Journal of Voice, New York Singing Teachers' Association "VoicePrints," American Music Teacher, Southern Theatre, and his blog AuditioningForCollege.com, which has served over 500,000 visitors since its launch in August 2011. He has also contributed to books including "A Dictionary for the Modern Singer" written by Dr. Matthew Hoch (Auburn University) and the "Vocal Athlete" by Dr. Wendy LeBorgne and Marci Rosenberg. In high demand for his work with the contemporary voice, he has presented at the National Association of Teachers of Singing National Conference, Voice Foundation Annual Symposium Care for the Professional Voice, Southeastern Theatre Conference, Virginia Theatre Association, Musical Theatre Educators Association, the International Congress of Voice Teachers, the National Center for Voice and Speech, Indiana University New Voice Educator's Symposium, Virginia NATS, Georgia NATS, North Carolina NATS, Valley of the Sun NATS, Bowling Green State University Summer Musical Theatre Institute, Illinois Wesleyan University, Ohio Northern University, University of Northern Colorado, Missouri State University, Clayton State University, and ArtsBridge NYC.
- Professor Edwards was a member of the 2009 NATS Intern program where he was mentored by Jeanette LoVetri and Dr. Scott McCoy. In 2011 he joined the faculty of the Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute teaching Somatic Voicework" - The Jeannette LoVetri method. Affiliations include: National Association of Teachers of Singing (member of the Board of Directors and current Treasurer for Virginia NATS), New York Singing Teachers Association, Musical Theatre Educator's Alliance (Northeast Regional Director), Southeastern Theatre Conference, and the American Guild of Musical Artists. Former Faculty: Hartwick College and SUNY Cortland. Professor Edwards' book "So You Want to Sing Rock 'N' Roll? - A guide for professionals is published by Rowman and Littlefield Publishing in collaboration with the National Association of Teachers of Singing and is available through Amazon.com(Last updated September 2014)
Married to Jacqlyn Zito-Edwards (Musical Theatre Voice Artist-in-Residence at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts). Matt and Jackie welcomed their son Everett Quinn into the world 2/11/12. They enjoy hiking, sailing, camping and taking frequent road trips to visit family and friends in New York, Ohio, and North Carolina.
Matthew Edwards - Vocal Coach
The official website of Vocal Coach Matthew Edwards
The CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute
The official website of the Shenandoah's Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute, which celebrated its 12th anniversary in 2014.
Follow Professor Edwards on Twitter @PopRockCoach
Auditioning for College
A blog dedicated to helping high school students interested in vocal music understand the college audition process and choose a major appropriate for them.