Troy Armstrong (b.1990, Tulsa, OK) is a composer, arranger, and conductor currently based in Houston, TX. 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 is also a recipient of the USC Discovery Scholars prize and was awarded a departmental award from the USC Thornton composition department for his musical achievements as an undergraduate.
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.
Troy also 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, 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. His works have been performed in the USA , Central America, and Europe in venues including the Kennedy Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C. and Cadogan Hall in London, England.
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, and hiking the wooded trails around his home. He is a lifelong fan of meteorology and is constantly fascinated by all of earth's weather phenomena. His location in the Midwest offers the perfect laboratory for this passion seeing as it often experiences all four seasons in one week. He also enjoys watching Federer beat Nadal.
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, Yevgeniy Sharlat, Frank Ticheli, Morten Lauridsen, Stephen Hartke, and Donald Crockett.
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