Troy Armstrong (b.1990, Tulsa, OK) is a composer, arranger, and conductor currently based in Nashville, TN. He has won numerous awards for his original compositions including the MENC Collegiate Composition Competition, and the University of Southern California’s New Music for Orchestra and New Music for Wind Ensemble Competitions. In 2013, Troy’s orchestra piece, “Supercell”, was named the winner of the Marilyn K. Glick Young Composer’s Competition. As the winning entry, it received performances by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra during their 2014 subscription season concerts.
Troy enjoys collaborating with all manner of ensembles and organizations. He has had the privilege of composing music for groups such as the Blue Valley School District in Overland Park, KS , the A.I.M Ensemble in Los Angeles, HEAR NO EVIL, the Music for Special Occasions trio in Kansas City, and the Church of the Resurrection Choirs and Orchestra in Lenexa, KS. His works have been performed in the USA, Canada, Central America, Australia, and Europe in venues including the Kennedy Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C. and Cadogan Hall in London, England.
Troy’s oratorio, “The River of Light,” was premiered on April 23, 2017, by a group of over 200 musicians. The 16-movement piece was written to dedicate the unveiling of the Resurrection Window at the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS. Designed and fabricated by Judson Studios in California, the Resurrection Window is currently the largest single stained-glass window in the world measuring approximately 37 feet tall and almost 100 feet wide.
During the University of Kansas’ 2007-2008 basketball season (the year the team won the NCAA National Championship), he was the premiere composer for their Jayhawk Basketball Television Network. Troy is currently composer/arranger with the Church of the Resurrection music department in Leawood, KS. He arranges music for their choir and orchestras on a weekly basis.
In his spare time, Troy enjoys cooking, writing poetry, designing puzzles and board games, and hiking the wooded trails around his home. Troy is a member of ASCAP and the Pi Kappa Lambda music honors society. He holds music composition degrees from the University of Texas at Austin (M.M.) and the University of Southern California (B.M.). His teachers have included Donald Grantham, Frank Ticheli, and Morten Lauridsen.