Aug. 8, 2021

Dorothy Menker Theater

Broadway BaritonesDavid Edelfelt is “a consummate song interpreter [who] probably sounds great singing the weather forecast” – “one of Chicago’s best” [Chicago Tribune]. One of Chicago’s most versatile musicians, Edelfelt is not only a vocalist and recording artist in multiple genres of music, but also a much sought-after master voice teacher and vocal coach, a composer, arranger and accompanist, as well as a talented choral conductor and minister of music, a life coach and inspirational writer.

After years of singing everything from Mozart to Kander and Ebb across the country and abroad, Edelfelt now performs mostly in cabaret, recently delighting audiences in Paris at the historic Lapin Agile, where he and Elizabeth Doyle presented their tribute “De-lovely; an Evening of Cole Porter” to a sold-out crowd. As a duo, they also have sung for the last four consecutive years at the prestigious Elkhart Jazz Festival and brought their Porter tribute “De-Lovely” as headliners at the Cole Porter Festival in June in Peru, Indiana, to standing ovations and rave revues.

In Chicago, as a solo artist, Edelfelt has graced stages at the Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention, Davenports, Drury Lane Water Tower, Park West, Maxim’s, Village Players PAC, Preston Bradley Hall and Victory Garden's Biograph Theater, among others. He also was honored to be part of the hand-selected cast in an all-star tribute to Stephen Sondheim on the occasion of his 90th birthday at Chicago’s historic Auditorium Theater. Writing, producing, directing and starring in his own one-man cabaret shows, Edelfelt has sung to sold-out audiences in performances that have been called “superlative from start to finish, hilarious, deliciously engaging and simply brilliant.”

As voice teacher and vocal coach, he works with some of Chicago’s most talented and beloved singers in multiple genres of music, including popular artists from the worlds of cabaret, musical theater, art song and opera. His students have received numerous honors and awards and appear on stages across the world, including every major theater and club venue in Chicago, the Ravinia Festival, Broadway and Carnegie Hall in NYC, the cabarets of Paris and the opera stages of Europe. As choral conductor and minister of music, Maestro Edelfelt has led choirs and orchestras in many of the great works of the masters, and since 1998 has served as conductor of the Chancel and Motet choirs at the First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville.

Edelfelt’s first full-length solo recording is the nationally acclaimed Love is Born at Christmas, and his newest album is the inspirational better; both are available through or

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Moraine Valley Community College acknowledges support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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