Author: Matthew Edwards

Equally at home in classical and Contemporary Commercial Music Styles (Musical Theatre, Pop, Rock, Country, R&B), Matthew Edwards has performed numerous roles with companies including Tri-Cities Opera, Ash Lawn Opera Festival, New Jersey Opera, Atlantic Coast Opera Festival, the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, the Miami Valley Symphony, Cincinnati Opera Outreach, and Lyric Opera Cleveland Outreach. His current and former students have performed on American Idol, on and off-Broadway, on national tours, cruise ships, theme parks, and in bands playing throughout the United States. They have been accepted to schools including Julliard, Manhattan School of Music, The Cleveland Institute of Music, Louisiana State University, Cincinnati Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, University of the Arts, and many others. He has worked closely with independent recording studios and record labels shaping young artists vocals and stage presence and frequently works with classical singers learning how to "crossover". Mr. Edwards was a member of the 2009 NATS Intern program where he was mentored by Jeanette LoVetri and Dr. Scott McCoy. In 2009, he completed Level I-III certification in Somatic Voicework (TM) and in 2010 completed post-certification work with Dr. Wendy LeBorgne in working with injured voices. He is the author of "So You Want to Sing Rock 'N' Roll?" and numerous other book chapters and articles. Affiliations include: National Association of Teachers of Singing, New York Singing Teachers Association, and the American Guild of Musical Artists. Former Faculty: Hartwick College and SUNY Cortland. Currently an Associate Professor of Voice and Voice Pedagogy at Shenandoah Conservatory and Artistic Director of the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute.

Relax, you’ve got plenty of time

CCM Banner FinalBroadway.jpgThis is the time of year many students are finding out that they did not get into the school of their dreams. Perhaps they got in nowhere at all. It is tough and many students may feel like life has come to a screeching halt. It is important to remember that pursuing this career is a marathon, not a sprint. Thanks to reality TV shows and mass media, we get used to the idea of young performers quickly rising to the top and becoming stars. Those who are that lucky to be stars at a young age are part of the < 1% of all performers. The reality is most take their time to climb to the top. There was a recent article in the Journal of Voice called “Backstage at Broadway: A Demographic Study.” The authors surveyed 135 Broadway performers in 2013. To me one of the most interesting statistics was average age. According to their findings, the average age of female leads was 44 with 23.5 years in the business. The average age of male leads was 41 with 24.5 years in the business. In the ensemble, the performers were only slightly younger: around 34 for both men and women with approximately 15 years in the business. To me that means that the average Broadway performer is not an overnight success. So give yourself a break and allow yourself to get comfortable with the idea that it will take awhile to get your career going. Perseverance and hard work can take you far in life. Keep working hard and you may be amazed at what you can accomplish.

Matt

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