Dr. Lawrence Edwards has been the Artistic Director of the Memphis Symphony Chorus since the 1987-1988 season. He has also been the Director of Choral Activities for the University of Memphis’ Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music since 1987. Edwards' responsibilities there include directing the vocal ensemble Sound Fuzion and the University Singers. He also teaches and mentors both graduate and undergraduate students pursuing degrees in Choral Conducting. Edwards is active as a choral clinician, working with junior and senior high school choirs.
Dr. Edwards received his undergraduate degree in music from Seattle Pacific University, where he directed the Seattle Pacific Singers. He holds both Masters and Doctoral degrees in Music from the University of Illinois at Champaign, where he studied orchestral conducting with Romanian conductor Mircia Cristescu. Prior to assuming his position at the University of Memphis and the Memphis Symphony, Edwards was Director of Choral Activities, Music Director and Conductor of Musical Theatre at West Virginia University in Morgantown.