Tenor Stephen C Edwards enjoys a varied solo career in oratorio, jazz, and recital and devotes considerable energy to the performance of music that evokes joy. The core of his career is sharing his love and joy of singing, teaching, and conducting.
As a concert soloist, Edwards has triumphed in works including Handel’s Messiah, Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music (with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra), and various sacred contemporary works. Additionally, Stephen enjoys frequent cabaret and jazz performances in the Chicago area, and has also delights in tenures with the Chicago Symphony Chorus (where he received two GRAMMY® Awards for Best Classical Album and Best Choral Performance for “Verdi: Requiem” under the director of Riccardo Muti and Duain Wolfe) and Grant Park Symphony Chorus.
Furthermore, Edwards is one of the founders and the Managing and Artistic Director of the non-profit Chorus, Allegrezza. Because giving back is a foundational principal of Edwards, this chorus gives 20% of all its proceeds to other Chicagoland non-profit organizations; providing singers and artists a means to make a difference in the lives of others.
He completed a Master of Music in Sacred Music with an emphasis in Vocal Performance from Baylor University, and received a Bachelor of Music Education in both instrumental and vocal music education from West Texas A & M University. Stephen continues his vocal studies with Connie Haas.