I sing in concert and recital in the greater Washington, DC, area, whenever I can and hope to return to music theater again as my schedule permits! I've gotten very active over the last several years as a performing member of the Friday Morning Music Club and enjoy highlighting works by lesser known and underrepresented classical composers. I sing in many styles and genres and feel at ease on the stage, in a recital hall, in a recording studio, in a house of worship, at weddings, in memorial services, and whenever a sensitive and collaborative approach is needed. For more details about my experience, you can scroll to the bottom of this page.
- Perform in recital and workshops in many styles and genres, including early music, musical theater, American song book standards, sacred songs, and contemporary works
- Perform with Friday Morning Music Club, featuring classical works by women and Black American composers and lesser-known works
- Perform in private and religious venues for weddings, worship services, memorial services, and concert and fundraiser events
- Write, record, and perform original folk music, sacred music, children’s songs, new lyrics for existing hymn tunes, and new translations for German oratorio texts
- Perform solo soprano oratorio roles including Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, Brahms’ Requiem, Haydn’s Creation, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Rutter Requiem
- Performed as soloist with ensembles including Choralis, Washington Bach Consort, Central Maryland Chorale, Chesapeake Chorale, The Metropolitan Chorus, Northern Virginia Chorale, Handel Choir of Baltimore, Cantate Chamber Singers, and Choralis.
- Performed at venues and in series including The Strathmore Mansion, George Mason Center for the Arts, Rockville Mansion, Sitar Arts Center (Washington, DC), The Lyceum (Alexandria, VA), Arts Live! (CCBC), The Church of the Epiphany (Washington, DC), Lent at Calvary UMC (Frederick, MD), The Weinberg Center for the Arts (Frederick, MD), John F. Kennedy Center, Washington Summer Sings, National Presbyterian Church, Choralis Summer Choral Festival, and Bruton Parish Church (Williamsburg, VA)
- Performed with L’Arabesque Baroque at The Washington Early Music Festival - Stephen Brookes (The Washington Post) reviewed “Polly Edmonds Baldridge, who has a lovely voice, kept her singing small-scaled and engagingly natural so as not to overpower the ensemble.”
- Joined and collaborated with L’Arabesque Baroque early music ensemble for five years
- Performed Bach B Minor Mass with Cantate Chamber Singers - Cecilia Porter (The Washington Post) wrote, “her glistening soprano had agile certainty, and her duet with countertenor Roger Isaacs was a winner”
- Performed as professional chorister with the following ensembles and conductors: The Palestrina Choir (Michael Harrison); Handel Choir of Baltimore (Herb Dimmock); Washington Bach Consort (J. Reilly Lewis); Larry Parsons Chorale; Washington Kantorei (Dale F. Voelker); Woodley Ensemble (Nicholas White, Peter Phillips, and Frank Albinder); St. Francis Episcopal Church (Gary Davison); The Bach Sinfonia (Daniel E. Abraham), The Church of St. Michael and All Angels (Thomas Hettrick)
- Performed as Lucy in Menotti’s The Telephone, JoAnne in Godspell, Kate in Kiss Me Kate, and Anna Leonowens in The King and I
Based in Damascus, Maryland