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Accepting New Students

To get in touch about studying voice with Edward Atkinson, please message him through Facebook or Instagram. (I am using social media as my contact form, to cut down on the spam.)


  • M.M. in Vocal Performance, Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University
  • P.D. in Vocal Performance, Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University
  • B.M. in Organ Performance, Townsend School of Music at Mercer University
  • 15 years of teaching experience
  • 15 operatic roles, 50+ classical concerts, 25+ pop concerts
  • First Place & Grand Prize for the Indiana Matinee Musicale Competition, 2016 (+17 other awards since 2007)
  • Donald Felton Memorial Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters Voice Competition, 2016
  • Fellowship & Artistic Excellence Award at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, 2013 – 2017
  • Associate Instructor at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, 2017

“Challenge, inspire, and transform each student, always with persistence and always with joy.” – Edward Atkinson


Travis Jeffords
Music Director, Student, Bloomington, IN

“In the 25 years that I’ve taken private lessons as a student, graduate student, and eventually professional musician, I’ve never met anyone who has helped me grow in such a brief amount of time as Edward.  Edward is not only an incredible singer, but an incredibly knowledgeable and aware singer, with a great voice, but an even greater understanding of the craft and technique of singing and performing well.  His commitment to lead through inspiration instead of through demands, guilt, and shame makes every lesson a joy, and I leave each lesson feeling the best I feel all week.  He has helped me discover my voice, and to discover myself in the process.”


Hugo Vera
Principal Artist, The Metropolitan Opera, & Artistic Director, Lawrence Opera Works

“I have had the pleasure to work with Edward as Artistic Director with Lawrence Opera Works in the summer of 2012. I can say that it was refreshing to work with an individual that came with so much enthusiasm and eager to work. Not only does he have a passion for the art form, but is also able to motivate others to feel this passion and can conduct others in any scale of musical work.”


Ian Rabensteine
Student, Bloomington, IN

“Edward does an excellent job of creating a friendly, intimidation free environment. As a beginner, I was very grateful for his patience and attention to detail. His extensive experience and knowledge of multiple teaching methods was vital in helping me through the common sticking points of a beginning singer.  Whether you are a beginner like me or more advanced vocalist, Edward will get you to the next level.”


Ashley Stone
Mezzo Soprano, Private Voice Instructor, Bloomington, IN

“Edward Atkinson creates an energized and positive environment in the voice studio. I have observed his work in both a choral and private studio setting, and his focus on a strong techincal foundation has lead to healthier, more efficient tone production in both settings. He is a joy to work with as a teacher, conductor, and musician.”


Brandon Pafford
Piano Instructor, Houston’s First School of Fine Arts

“Edward is a loyal, passionate, and wonderful musician. With his organist and current vocalist experience, his musicianship is well-rounded. Edward’s humor and personable character gives way to a comfortable and productive environment in which to create music.”


Rebecca Penny
Wesley Choir Director Hiring Committee, First United Methodist Church

“Edward is very positive and encouraging with the choir. He uses creative methods – tailored directly to our group – to help us improve both individually and as a whole. Edward is a delight to work with, caring deeply about each choir member and fostering a welcoming sense of community.”


Allison (Allie) McGow
Human Resources & Program Admin, First United Methodist Church Bloomington

“Edward is a man of many talents. I have been working with him for almost a year and his commitment is undeniable. His patience and encouragement to the choir is evident at each rehearsal and service. He is very welcoming to all who seek an interest in singing. We are lucky to have Edward has a part of our community.”


Jane Frances Abel
Music Teacher, Elementary School

“What truly sets him apart from others with similar qualifications is his very genuine and optimistic demeanor.”


Oliver J. Booker
Chief Executive Officer, Monroe County Hospital

“Working with Edward since 2006, I have found him to be an inventive, creative, out-of-the-box thinker. Edward is imbued with a servant’s heart. His sense of humor and flexible nature makes him supremely easy to work with. It has been a true lifetime pleasure to work with Edward.”