|Kedrick Armstrong currently serves as Assistant Music Director for the Wheaton College Opera, along with continuing in the Chicago Sinfonietta’s Project Inclusion Conducting Fellowship. As a conductor, he strives to take his deep passion for music and combine spiritual sensibility with historical inquiry to create an avenue for musical expression and connection between ensemble and audience.
Armstrong has maintained a great relationship with his alma mater, Wheaton College, serving as co-music director and conductor for the theater department’s production of Fiddler on the Roof in November 2016. Armstrong was a part of the student cabinet for the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra from 2014 – 2016, first as Vice President, then as President. While serving as president of the ensemble, Armstrong worked alongside school administration to help coordinate the orchestra’s Spring Tour 2016 to Southern California. He was also selected as Honors Conductor for the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra, which included conducting alongside the music director on the tour. As a advocate of 21st music, Armstrong has worked with composer Shawn Okpebholo on several pieces, including the premiere of Human Moments (2016), a song set for amplified large chamber ensemble and multimedia. Armstrong has also premiered over 20 new student pieces for the Wheaton College Composition Department and led orchestral reading/recording sessions.
Armstrong graduated from Wheaton College with a Bachelor of Music in Music History and Literature, where his mentors were Jonathan Saylor and Johann Buis, and was named the 2015 Presser Scholar. As a conductor, Armstrong has been mentored by Daniel Sommerville, John Trotter, John Nelson, Mei-Ann Chen, and Cliff Colnot.