A bit about me...

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Edward began his professional career in 1974, at the age of 13 as the featured soloist for Ankeny's "Feed and Fun Days", just outside his hometown of Des Moines, Iowa. His selections included Charley Pride's "Kiss An Angel Good Morning", Bobby Goldsboro's "Honey", "God Bless The Child" and "The National Anthem". While in junior high, he made his first recording with the choral group, The New Dimensions and was part of the acapella quintet which sang "When I Fall In Love'' on that album.

Amidst his high school choral training and solo work, under the influential and inspirational hand of Charles Carnes, he was chosen to sing lead in the barbershop quartet, The Mixed Emotions, (self-named by the group because two students were black and two were white). Always diligent with the nurturing of his students, Carnes suggested that he start taking private lessons, so he wouldn't "hurt his voice". So he began training with Judith Delaney in the preparatory department of the Music School at Drake University. He did so for the remainder of his pre-college days, as well as attending their Summer Music Symposiums, where he performed in the choir and studied opera and music theory. Edward was also chosen to sing in the 1977 and 1978 Iowa All-State Music Festivals and became the first person to be selected among 600 students to be the Tenor Soloist, 2 years in a row. It was recorded live and televised on the Iowa Public Broadcasting Network.

While studying at Drake University, Margaret Hauptman, head of the voice department, recommended that he audition for the 8-week summer session at the world renowned Interlochen National Music Camp in Michigan. He received a scholarship and studied there for 2 summers as a Choir major/Operetta minor and later as a double major in Drama and Choir/Operetta minor, with additional classes in Harmony, Piano Accompaniment, Readers Theatre and Musical Theatre. He was a featured soloist in 5 of the 9 choral concerts and was a soloist with their select Madrigal group. He also appeared as Edwin and Marco in the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, "Trial By Jury" and "The Gondoliers" (respectively), as well as Feste in his first Shakespearean play, "Twelfth Night". He had the privilege of singing with Van Cliburn's World Youth Symphony Orchestra, as well as their Festival Choir, under the batons of such conductors as Robert Shaw and Roger Wagner, on the pieces Missa Solemnis (Beethoven), the Faure and Verdi Requiems and Handel's The Creation.

He began his first year at Simpson College, (home of The Des Moines Metro Opera) as a Music major/Piano minor, appearing as Ferrando in "Cosi Fan Tutte" and Sportin' Life in "Porgy and Bess", but he somehow found his way into the Theatre dept. in his sophomore year and never looked back.

In spring, 1982, Edward began his professional theatrical career at Ingersoll Dinner Theatre, (which, coincidentally, was owned and operated by his high school choral mentor, Charles Carnes!) He made his debut there playing Lun Tha in "The King and I", added a summer gig as a singer/dancer in their production, The Palace Theatre Revue at Adventureland Park, followed in the fall by the show, "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris" and finished the year with "My Fair Lady". He went on to perform in 8 shows for them from 1982-88, as well as appearing in their pre-shows with standards, show tunes and numbers by artists like Manhattan Transfer. Along with former castmates from Ingersoll, he co-founded and was musical director/vocalist with Orpheus, a professional touring quintet that specialized in tight harmonies and later, joined by his golden-throated colleague, Preshia Paulding, he recorded the jingles, "A Proud Tradition" and "The Des Moines Song" for the television station, KCCI-TV (a CBS affiliate).

In 1983, he became the lead vocalist/percussionist/keyboardist in both Hip Pocket, a band specializing in Top 40, Motown, R&B and jazz and the hard-driving Platinum Blues Band. He continued to balance theatre and music for 6 years, until, in 1990, he received a fellowship to begin studying for his Master of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre at The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). There he performed in 15 shows in his 3 year program, including the jazz opera, Mozart in Harlem, whose title character was written for him and which he had the honor of performing opposite the legendary crooner, Joe Williams. His summers were spent at The Utah Shakespearean Festival, appearing in the Greenshow/Feaste and in central and northern California, at PCPA Theatrefest, Summer Repertory Theatre and The Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville.

After graduating, he landed a 2 year, national tour with Nebraska Theatre Caravan and then he moved to NY, where he lived and worked in regional theatre for 10 years, prior to moving to Boston in 2007, where

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