Conductor, guest speaker, and pianist Dr. Eddie Wilkin encourages all to find their artistic voice through music and self-discovery. He comes to this philosophy from past experiences at home, in school, and through his recent musical activities. Eddie thoroughly enjoys working with all ages of vocal and instrumental ensembles with varied sizes and experience levels; while finding a deep-rooted passion in need to create a collaborative system in which we are changing the role of education through a living, breathing, and nurturing environment that fosters educating the child as a whole; including culture, mindful awareness, and metaphysical understanding of self-discovery, under one unified house with a strong community connection.

Currently, he is 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), the Conductor for the Rutland City Band, and at the Union Church of Proctor in Proctor, Vermont. Eddie has been an active conductor of large choral and instrumental groups such as Concert Choirs, Chamber Ensembles, Symphony Orchestras, Wind Ensembles, and as well as 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 currently the NEMFA- Choral Manager.

Through his enjoyment and craft of leadership, Eddie has received many honors and awards, such as but not limited to: 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); GMMDV Music Teacher of the Year (2019).

Eddie holds an Ed.D. from the University of New England, 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.