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Edward Corpus

Edward Corpus, bass, hails from Elgin, Illinois. He attended Illinois State University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he earned the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees, respectively. Mr. Corpus also completed coursework for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Iowa.

He is a three-time consecutive winner of the N.A.T.S. vocal competition and a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Audition. Mr. Corpus' operatic performances include Sparafucile in Rigoletto, Zuniga in Carmen and Colline in La Bohème with Opera Quad Cities, William Jennings Bryan in The Ballad of Baby Doe with Peoria's Opera Illinois, the Modern Major-General in Pirates of Penzance with Cedar Rapids Opera, Escamillo in Carmen with the University of Iowa Opera Theater, and Zuniga in Carmen with Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, and many other performances.

Mr. Corpus' oratorio repertoire includes Handel's Messiah, most recently performed with The Chicago Baroque Band, and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, most recently performed with the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra and the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Corpus is also featured on the CD of Daron Hagen's opera, Bandanna, on Arabesque Records.

Mr. Corpus has ventured into musical theatre, performing the role of Emile de Becque in South Pacific with the Des Moines Playhouse in September 2014, which received critical acclaim, likening his "broadway caliber" performance to that of Ezio Pinza and Robert Goulet. Professor Corpus has held teaching appointments at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa. He is also a regular adjudicator for the Bill Riley Talent Search at the Iowa State Fair.

Currently, he serves on the voice faculty at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where he teaches music majors and musical theatre majors. Professor Corpus is also the owner of Edward Corpus Studios, a private music studio, which offers professional voice instruction for all ages. Please visit for more information.

Edward lives in Des Moines with his wife Rachel and three children, Olivia, Samuel, and Felix.