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 student 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 also 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 New York Singing Teachers' Association "VoicePrints," American Music Teacher, Southern Theatre, and his blog AuditioningForCollege.com, which has received over 200,000 visitors since its launch in August 2011. He also recently contributed to "The Modern Singer's Dictionary," a handbook for singers written by Dr. Matthew Hoch (Auburn University) to be published by Scarecrow Press in 2013. In high demand for his work with the contemporary voice, he has presented at the Indiana University New Voice Educator's Symposium (Integrating Pop/Rock into Musical Theatre Curriculums), The Voice Foundation Annual Symposium Care for the Professional Voice (Who is Teaching What to Pop/Rock Singers?, Integrating Pop/Rock into Your Voice Studio, More than a Feeling: Vocal and Physical Exercises for Teaching Style in CCM Music, Connecting the Actor and the Singer), Southeastern Theatre Conference (What they really want - a college audition panel, More Than a Feeling: Singing Pop/Rock, How your voice works - a functional approach to singing), Virginia NATS (Auditioning For College), Virginia Theatre Association (How your voice works/Healthy Belting), Musical Theatre Educators Association National Conference (Understanding the difference and similarities between classical and CCM vocal techniques), the International Congress of Voice Teachers, and the National Center for Voice and Speech. He has presented masterclasses for the Bowling Green State University Summer Musical Theatre Institute, Musical Theatre Educators Association International Conference in Gothenburg, Sweden, Illinois Wesleyan University Musical Theatre Program, Barbara Ingram High School for the Performing Arts, and ArtsBridge NYC. He also recently collaborated with Duke University Medical Center's Voice Care Center for a nationwide vocal health survey of pop/rock singers.
- 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 and in 2012 he offered two post-certification courses on Integrating Audio Technology and Somatic Voicework". 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, Southeastern Theatre Conference, and the American Guild of Musical Artists. Former Faculty: Hartwick College and SUNY Cortland. (Last updated Sept. 2012)
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 10th anniversary in 2012.
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.