Polly Baldridge’s sensitive interpretations, excellent musicality, varied repertoire, and collaborative spirit make her a valued performer and colleague. “Soprano Polly Edmonds Baldridge, who has a lovely voice, kept her singing small-scaled and engagingly natural so as not to overpower the ensemble,” reviewed Stephen Brookes for The Washington Post.
Polly has been active in the Washington, DC, metro area for more than 15 years, performing with regional choruses including The Chesapeake Chorale, The Metropolitan Chorus, The Northern Virginia Chorale, Choralis, the Cantate Chamber Singers, and the Central Maryland Chorale. She has performed as a chorister and soloist with the Washington Bach Consort and the Handel Choir of Baltimore. After a performance of Bach’s B Minor Mass, Cecilia Porter of The Washington Post called her a “glistening soprano with agile certainty.” Polly performs often at area churches, and appears regularly in benefit recitals and programs with the Friday Morning Music Club. She performs many styles and genres, from early music to oratorio and opera, musical theater, and contemporary works. Discography includes Christ Is All to Me, a CD of sacred songs and hymns, and O Night Divine, a Christmas CD, both recorded with her father as accompanist.
Polly has a private voice studio and is a member and past President of the Maryland/DC Chapter of the National Association of the Teachers of Singing. She completed the Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah University (2017) and Total Singer Workshop (2019) with Lisa Popeil and holds a double master’s degree in vocal performance and choral conducting from the University of Maryland (2003). She has additional training from Oberlin with Richard Miller. Polly''s students have pursued degrees from such institutions as Ryder University, Lawrence University, the University of Maryland - College Park, Susquehanna, Ithaca, and Messiah College.
Polly is Minister of Music and Worship Arts at Damascus United Methodist Church and takes pride in teaching major works to the choirs there, recently including Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, Handel's Messiah, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, and Rutter’s Mass of the Children. She directs children's choirs, leads a youth choir of 60+ members on tour every summer and directs and produces semi-annual Living Christmas Tree concerts.