Dr. Edward Wilkin
As a conductor, guest speaker, and pianist, Dr. Eddie Wilkin encourages everyone to find their artistic voice through music and self-discovery. Eddie’s philosophy is built on past experiences at home, in school, and through his recent musical activities. Eddie thoroughly enjoys working with students of all ages in vocal and instrumental ensembles of varied sizes and experience levels. Most importantly, Eddie is deeply passionate about creating collaborative systems that contribute to a living, breathing, and nurturing environment that fosters whole-child education. Eddie believes that this environment can be built through cultural and mindful awareness and metaphysical understanding of self-discovery.
Eddie is currently the Director of Choral Activities at Fair Haven Union High School in Fair Haven, Vermont. He is also the Artistic Director and Founder of The Slate Valley Singers (a community chorus) and the Conductor for the Rutland City Band and the Union Church of Proctor. Eddie has been an active conductor of large choral and instrumental groups such as concert choirs, chamber ensembles, symphony orchestras, wind ensembles, and chamber strings. Previous conducting appointments have been with Lakes Region Youth Orchestra, Grace Church in Rutland, Vermont, and as a guest with The Philharmonic Orchestra “Mihail Jora” of Bacau, Romania. Professional appointments include Past-President of the Green Mountain Music District, VT-ACDA Student Activities Chair, and the NEMFA Choral Manager.
Through his enjoyment and craft of leadership, Eddie has received many honors and awards, including but not limited to the GMMDV New Music Educator of the Year (2016), ARSU Teacher of the Year (2017), UVM Teacher of the Year (2017), Grammy Music Educator Semi-Finalist (2018 & 2019), Vermont, Teacher of the Year, Finalist (2018), and GMMDV Music Teacher of the Year (2019).
Eddie holds an Ed.D. from the University of New England, a MM in Choral & Orchestral Conducting from the University of Rhode Island, and both an MM.Ed & BM.Ed in Music Education from Castleton University. He has studied Music with Mark Conley, Ann Danis, Gene Pollart, Brian Cardany Sherrill Blodget, and Glenn Giles. Eddie worked closely with Jacqueline Lookabaugh, Andrea Disque, and Mary Hissong through his Ed.D program.