About Edward

I would love to learn more about you and your goals. Say hello!

I’ve worked internationally as a studio session singer, operatic tenor, choral conductor, organist, advertising executive, construction worker, web developer, and professional poker player! I won 17 competitive awards along the way.

My teaching philosophy is this: no bullshit, just the goods, with love. And I love my students.

Helping others grow is my favorite thing to do.

- Edward Atkinson, BM, MM, PD

Awards & Experience

By far, my most cherished rewards are the accomplishments of my students. The rest of this below is some of my experience, that allows me to give value to my students.

As always, message me if you've got questions!


3.9 GPAs, Full Departmental and University Honors, and Full Scholarships for:

  • M.M. Vocal Performance, The Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, 2017
  • P.D. Vocal Performance, The Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, 2015
  • B.M. Organ Performance, The Townsend School of Music, Mercer University, 2010


  • First Place & Grand Prize for the Indiana Matinee Musicale Competition, Feb 2016
  • Fellowship & Principal Artist in the Opera Studio, AIMS in Graz, Jul-Aug 2016
  • Donald Felton Memorial Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters Voice Competition, Feb 2016
  • Georgina Joshi International Fellowship Award Winner, Feb 2016
  • Fellowship & Full Scholarship at the IU Jacobs School of Music, 2013 thru 2017
  • Artistic Excellence Award at the IU Jacobs School of Music, 2013 thru 2017
  • Semi-finalist, Meistersinger Vocal Competition, Aug 2016
  • Semi-finalist, Orpheus Vocal Competition, Mar 2016
  • Fellowship & Full Scholarship, Principal Artist, Lawrence Opera Works, Aug 2014
  • Fellowship & Full Scholarship, Apprentice Artist, Highlands Opera Studio, Aug 2013
  • Finalist, Southern Illinois Young Artists Vocal Competition, March 2013
  • NPR Selected Soloist, August 2012
  • Fellowship & Full Scholarship, Summa cum laude, University Honors Scholars, Departmental Honors at the Townsend School of Music, 2006 thru 2010
  • Richard and Annette Chapel Scholar, 2006 to 2010
  • 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

Operatic Tenor Roles

15 leading roles from world premieres by Jake Heggie (George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life, 2017) to classic roles like Tamino (The Magic Flute, 2014) and Rodolfo (La Boheme, 2016).

Tenor Soloist

19 featured tenor soloist performances from the bombastic Verdi Requiem (alongside Timothy Noble and Jane Dutton), to the Mozart Requiem (2015), to the world premiere of Gregory Martin's Mass in Honor of a Baby Boy (2019)

Choral Conductor & Organist

  • Restoration album (YouTube | Apple Music), with the Saint Ambrose Schola Cantorum
  • St. Paul's, Greencastle, IN
  • Annunciation, Brazil, IN
  • First United Methodist Church, Bloomington, IN
  • Old St. Mary's, Cincinnati, OH
  • Christ Church Episcopal, Macon, GA
  • Shrine of St. Jude, Rockville, MD

But it's all Stuff & Nonsense

In the end, all of the awards and licenses and hoopla are a bunch of stuff and nonsense. Really.

The only thing that matters in the real world is results. What I can do for you today.

Proof of what I can offer you is in the real outcomes of my students.

Edward Atkinson

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