Dr. Patti Yvonne Edwards is a native of Georgetown, South Carolina who is happy to have returned to the area as an experienced musician, performer, and pedagogue. Her specialties include performing Baroque arias of Handel and Bach, classical works of the 20th and 21st centuries and American Art Song.
Dr. Edwards holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Mars Hill College. She received her Master’s degree in Vocal Performance and a Graduate Diploma in Vocal Chamber Music from Saint Louis Conservatory, and the DMA from the University of North Texas. As an apprentice with Opera/Omaha she sang numerous opera and musical theater performances throughout the Midwest.
She has appeared with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Long Bay Symphony, the Omaha Symphony, the Brevard and Transylvania Symphonies. Dr. Edwards has performed roles with the Charleston Opera Company, Opera Theater St. Louis, Opera Unlimited, Opera/Omaha, The Texas Gilbert and Sullivan Company and at the Brevard and Batiquitos Festivals. She has concertized across the United States and has been invited to the Czech Republic on four separate occasions to perform recitals of American music and teach master classes at the Janacek Conservatory. She spent two years with the new music ensemble, Synchronia and has appeared on the St. Louis Symphony Chamber Series, the Concordia Arts Series, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival.
Before joining the music faculty at Coastal Carolina University, Dr. Edwards taught at Bemidji State University in Minnesota, Charleston Southern University, the College of Charleston, Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas, and was a doctoral teaching fellow at the University of North Texas.