I’m a tenor and choral conductor, with former careers as an organist, pianist, professional poker player, advertising executive, and strategic planning consultant. I like to sing and cook, as often as possible.
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A native of New Brunswick, Canada, Edward Atkinson continues to perform for audiences across North America in the lyric tenor repertoire.
Edward most recently performed the role of Fr. Grenville in Jake Heggie’s acclaimed Dead Man Walking, to sold out audiences at the Indiana University Opera Theatre & Ballet in October 2015. The previous 2014-15 season included Edward in such roles as Ruggero (La Rondine), Prince Kodanda (The Last Savage), L’amante (Amelia al Ballo), and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni). During this same season, Edward was selected to perform in a number of opera scenes programs, and performed scene work in the roles of Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) and Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail).
In the orchestral arena, Edward has been heard most recently as the tenor soloist in Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Mozart’s Requiem Mass, Britten’s Canticle II: Abraham & Isaac, Bach’s historic masterwork Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61, Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn, & Strings, and Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzer, Op. 52.
In addition to his operatic and concert calendar, Edward serves as the Director of Sacred Music at Annunciation Church, Director of Sacred Music at St. Paul the Apostle Church, and as the artistic and music director of the Saint Ambrose Schola Cantorum. At Annunciation and St. Paul, Edward directs music for the liturgical year, ranging from Gregorian chant to Renaissance polyphony to the sacred music masters of the present day. He also programs concerts year round. In April 2015, Edward directed a fully sung Tenebrae service, which drew attendees from neighboring states. In December 2015, Edward directed and narrated an original concert titled A Bullet Train Through Western Music, mapping the development of Western music from 700 B.C. to today while directing the performance of each seminal choral masterwork as it appeared in the timeline.
Edward graduated from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University with a Performer Diploma in Vocal Performance in 2015, and was awarded the university’s prestigious Artistic Excellence Award. He will complete a Master’s in Vocal Performance in 2017, also from the Jacobs School.
Edward’s musical foundation was in organ. He earned his Bachelor’s in Organ Performance at the Townsend School of Music at Mercer University in 2010. There he also studied voice with Marie Jarriel Roberts, before moving to Indiana for vocal studies.
Edward has studied with Patricia Havranek, Virginia Zeani, and Timothy Noble. His vocal coaches include Carol Vaness, Richard Margison, and Arthur Fagen. He has been fortunate to sing under the direction of such conductors as David Neely, Constantine Kitsopoulos, Adrian Gnam, John Dickson, David Effron, and Walter Huff.
Edward is also is a former professional poker player, having played the World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour circuits for many years to fund his music education. He also has had former careers in branding and publishing.
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- Bob Boles, Peter Grimes
- Father Grenville, Dead Man Walking
- Ruggero, La Rondine
- Prince Kodanda, The Last Savage
- L’amante, Amelia al Ballo
- Al, The Alamo
- Don Ottavio, Don Giovanni (cover)
- Rodolfo, La Bohème (Act I)
- Tamino, Die Zauberflöte (Act I)
- Belmonte, Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Act II)
- Marcello, La Boheme (Act III)
- Figaro, La Nozze di Figaro (Acts I & II)
- First Place and Grand Prize for the Indiana Matinee Musicale Competition, Feb 2016
- Donald Felton Mem. Award (Third Place) from the National Society of Arts and Letters Voice Competition, Feb 2016
- Recipient of the Georgina Joshi International Fellowship Award, Feb 2016
- Fellowship, and Artistic Excellence Award at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, 2013 and 2015
- Finalist, National Classical Singer vocal competition, May 2010
- Two-time recipient of The James M. Barnett, Jr. Foundation grant for music studies, 2008 to 2010
- Phi Eta Sigma National Honors Society and Mu Phi Epsilon inductee, Spring 2007
Recent Young Artist Programs
- Full Scholarship & Young Artist in the Opera Studio, AIMS in Graz, Jul-Aug 2016
- Fellowship & Full Scholarship, Principal Artist, Lawrence Opera Works, Aug 2014
- Fellowship, Apprentice Artist, Highlands Opera Studio, Aug 2013
- Fellowship & Full Scholarship, Principal Artist, Lawrence Opera Works, Aug 2012
Oratorio and Concert Repertoire (performed)
- Requiem, Verdi
- Requiem Mass, Mozart
- Messiah, Handel
- Petite Messe Solennelle, Rossini
- Canticle II: Abraham & Isaac, Britten
- Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61, J. S. Bach
- Serenade for Tenor, Horn, & Strings, Britten
- Liebeslieder Walzer, Op. 52, Brahms
- Greek Orthodox Mass, M. Arndt (World Premiere)
- The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Britten
- The Celestial Country, Charles Ives
- Operettenklänge – Operetta Arias (various)
- Musica Sanctissima: Sacred Arias (various)
- Trois chansons de Charles d’Orleans, Debussy
- Soir sur la plaine, Boulanger
Music Director & Organist
- Director of Sacred Music, St. Paul the Apostle, Greencastle, IN
- Music Director of St. Ambrose Schola Cantorum – Brazil, IN
- Director of Sacred Music, Church of the Annunciation – Brazil, IN
- Conductor, Mozart K.140, Old St. Mary’s – Cincinnati, OH
- Music Director, 5th, 6th, & 7th Zachary Novak Scholarship Concerts
- Director of Wesley Choir, First United Methodist – Bloomington, IN
- Assistant Organist/Choirmaster, Christ Church Episcopal – Macon, GA
- Organist, Shrine of St. Jude Catholic Church – Rockville, MD