Associate Professor of Voice, Shenandoah Conservatory Artistic Director of the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute
Matthew Edwards earned his B.M. in Vocal Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and his M.M. in Vocal Performance from Louisiana State University. His current and former students have performed on Broadway, off-Broadway, on National and International Tours, at Theme Parks, on national TV (including American Idol), major motion picture soundtracks, and have appeared on the Billboard music charts.
As a performer he has appeared in over thirty roles in opera, theatre, and musical theatre with companies including New Jersey Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, Ash Lawn Opera, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, Dayton Pops, Cincinnati Opera Outreach, Lyric Opera Cleveland Outreach, Bay View Music Festival, Atlantic Coast Opera Festival, Theatre Lab (Dayton), KNOW Theatre, and many others. He has received awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Dayton Opera Competition, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. In 2009, he completed the prestigious NATS Intern program where he was mentored by Jeanette LoVetri and Dr. Scott McCoy. He is currently an Associate Professor and coordinator of musical theatre voice at Shenandoah University where he has designed their unique pop/rock training program for musical theatre majors, the first of its kind in the United States. He is also Artistic Director of the Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute.
A leading researcher on healthy vocal production of pop/rock styles, his work has been presented at the Voice Foundation Annual Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice, the National Association of Teachers of Singing National Conference, the Musical Theatre Educator’s Alliance National and International conferences, The Southeastern Theatre Conference, the Virginia Theatre Association, the International Congress of Voice Teachers, and in publications including Southern Theatre, American Music Teacher, Journal of Voice, and VoicePrints. He has also authored chapters on audio technology for A Dictionary for the Modern Singer by Dr. Matthew Hoch (Scarecrow Press, 2013) and The Vocal Athlete by Dr. Wendy LeBorgne and Marci Rosenberg (Plural Publishing, 2014). His college audition blog, AuditioningForCollege.com, has received wide recognition and over 1,000,000 views since its launch in 2011. In 2013, he collaborated with GetAccptd.com to co-write a digital audition guide for high school teachers and students prepping for pre-screening auditions. His first book “So You Want To Sing Rock?” is published by Rowman & Littlefield and is available through major online book sellers. Online at EdwardsVoice.com, CCMInstitute.com, and AuditioningForCollege.com.