Matthew Edwards is one of the leading voice teachers for commercial and musical theatre styles in the United States. He is currently Associate Professor and Coordinator of Musical Theatre Voice at Shenandoah University, Artistic Director of the Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute, Secretary for both the Pan-American Vocology Association and the Musical Theatre Educator’s Alliance, a Voice Foundation/NATS Van L. Lawrence Fellow (2017), and NATS Intern Program Master Teacher (2018).
Edwards’ vocal interests encompass many styles. He has performed numerous roles in plays, musicals, and operas 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, Lyric Opera Cleveland Outreach, Theatre Lab, KNOW Theatre, and many others. He has also performed as a solo artist and with numerous bands, and received awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Dayton Opera Guild Competition, The National Association of Teachers of Singing, Southern-Tier Opportunity Coalition, and the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges.