Robert Edwin has gained international recognition as a singer, songwriter, teacher, and author. He has sung Bach cantatas in church cathedrals and rock songs in Greenwich Village, New York coffeehouses, recorded for Avant Garde and Fortress Records, and toured extensively throughout the United States and abroad. He has performed in New York City’s Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, and Radio City Music Hall, and has appeared with such outstanding artists as opera star Jerome Hines, jazz legend Duke Ellington, and famed actor/director Ossie Davis. His TV and radio credits include several NBC Christmas specials as well as commercials for everything from politicians to hot dogs. His CDs of original songs (Robert Edwin-Christian Songs and, More to Life-Robert Edwin Sings Songs by Crosby & Edwin) are available at www.cdbaby.com .
An ASCAP lyricist and composer since 1967, Mr. Edwin has written a wide variety of published and performed music ranging from national radio commercials to music theater scores. He was a leader in the 1960s "Church Music Reformation" when his albums, Keep the Rumor Going and With Joy, and his Synergy Series of worship experiences became a reviving factor in the life of the modern church.
His diverse performing career is matched by an equally diverse teaching career. A leading authority on Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) and child voice pedagogy, Robert preaches what he practices at his independent studio in Cinnaminson, New Jersey, where classical singers interact with music theater performers, rock and pop vocalists, child singers, and pageant contestants. His DVD on child voice training, The Kid & the Singing Teacher, with CCC-SLP Barbara Arboleda, is available at www.VoiceInsideView.com. He authored a chapter on teaching children to sing for the 2008 book, Pediatric Voice Disorders (Plural Publishing), and is a chapter author for the Oxford University Press, 2012 Handbook of Music Education.
Robert Edwin has served on the adjunct voice faculties of the University of Michigan, the New Jersey School of the Arts, Burlington County College (NJ), and continues to serve on the Applied Music Staff of Camden County College (NJ). He is a frequent faculty member of the Voice Foundation’s Annual Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice. A member of the prestigious American Academy of Teachers of Singing (AATS), he has led master classes and workshops in the United States, Canada, the Bahamas, and Australia.
Mr. Edwin is a member and a past Secretary/Treasurer of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). His column, "The Bach to Rock Connection" (1985-2002), was the first and only one in the NATS Bulletin (subsequently the NATS Journal) dedicated to CCM ("nonclassical") voice pedagogy. He continues to serve as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Singing for the "Popular Song and Music Theater" column. From 1996 to 1999 he also served as a Contributing Editor for VocalEase, a magazine for choral and choir directors.
Robert Edwin taught for over ten years in New York City under the aegis of the Helena W. Monbo Studio, a studio that included actress/singer Grace Jones, Tony Award winner Ernestine Jackson, and A Chorus Line original cast member, Donna Drake. Past and present students from his New Jersey studio include Tyler Grady, a 2010 American Idol Top 24 semifinalist; Jennifer Piech, who created the role of "Kate McGowan" in the Broadway musical, Titanic; Claire Norden, "Baby June" in the 2008 Gypsy National Tour; members of "The Fabulous Greaseband" and "Grey Eye Glances"; Kristen Alderson, who played "Starr" on the ABC-TV soap opera, One Life to Live; and Integrity Music recording artist, Paul Baloche.
Serving as both a singing teacher and a coach since 1975, Mr. Edwin teaches an integrated method that includes voice technique (body alignment, breathing, phonation, resonation, articulation, audiation, register transitions, range extension), repertoire development (the right songs for the student’s voice, personality, and looks), and performing skills (stage presence, fear management, audition skills, mic technique, actor/singer coordination). His dynamic and personalized approach encourages students to discover and cultivate their own creative resources and to modify technical and behavioral traits that interfere with artistic expression.
Born in Brooklyn, New York on June 18, 1946, baritone Robert Edwin comes from a professional musical family. His father, the late Edwin Robert Steinfort, sang in vaudeville and premiered the song, "Yes, We Have No Bananas" in the musical, Barney Google. His mother, the late Helena W. Monbo, was a prominent New York City singing teacher and his own personal teacher for over fifty years. Robert is married to Faith Sanderson Steinfort, a retired Language Arts teacher. They have two adult sons, Kurt and Matthew. Matthew’s wife, Ana, delivered the first Steinfort grandchild (John Patrick) in 2008, and the second (Ella Elizabeth) in 2010.
American Academy of Teachers of Singing (AATS)
A forty-member academy of nationally and internationally known voice teachers.
Robert Edwin was elected a member in 2001.
National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)
A 7,000 member professional organization
Robert Edwin is a past NATS national Secretary/Treasurer, and an Associate Editor of the NATS Journal of Singing. He has been a member since 1981.
New Jersey Chapter – NATS
A state chapter within NATS
Robert Edwin has been a member since 1981 and is a Past-President of the Chapter.
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