David Edelfelt “probably sounds great singing the weather forecast… he’s just blessed with a luxuriant instrument.” [Chicago Tribune]

“… deliciously engaging… funny… truthful... More, please, Mr. Edelfelt.” [Cabaret Scenes]

There was a time I thought I would pursue performing as a career. But I finally came to understand that my true calling had more to do with working with others than always being the one on stage. So gradually, I established myself as teacher and coach, and gave up performing.

Eventually though, I realized that although I believe my primary calling is in the role of teacher, there is a part of me that still loves to perform! So around 2007, I "came out of retirement" and began performing again. I'm grateful for the opportunities that continue to come my way. And I've found that by continuing to perform, I am a better teacher and coach. And not only do audiences seem to be supportive, I'm having a lot of fun!

The video clips to the left were taken at the Park West in Chicago and are excerpts from the 2010 and 2013 annual fall gala of Chicago Cabaret Professionals (CCP) of which I am proud to be a member. The marvelous Bob Moreen is playing in the clip from 2010, and in the other, I'm joined by pianist extraordinaire, Beckie Menzie - and by former student and colleague, the fabulous Hilary Ann Feldman.


Lots coming up for me as this year comes to a close! I will be singing for the 3rd year in a row at OGAMFAH in Libertyville in September - an amazing outdoor venue where I'll share the stage with some wonderfully talented folks! Then in October, I'll be once again joining the prodigious members of CCP for our 20th Annual Gala at the Park West on the 21st. THIS one will be special! Then in November, I have two more exciting performances scheduled: I'm thrilled to be bringing my "dream role" of Henry Higgins to life in a presentation by Chicago's Charles Troy at the Skokie Theater on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 7th - something I can now cross off my bucket list! And I'm delighted to be debuting a new show at Davenport's Cabaret where I'll share the stage with the divine Elizabeth Doyle in our tribute to the music of Cole Porter: "Delovely" which will have one performance only (for now) on Friday, Nov. 16th at 8PM. Hope you can join us!

Other exciting events for me are two Master Classes I'll be teaching at my home studio on Saturday, Nov. 10th - and I'll be conducting the glorious Gloria of Poulenc at the First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville on Sunday morning, Dec. 9th with full orchestra and my incredibly gifted Chancel Choir. Hope you can join us! And in case you haven't picked up either of my CDs yet, they're both still available at cdbaby.com. 

For more details, see Upcoming Events or e-mail me.