Laney McClain Armstrong is a singer and conductor who has made choral music and choral music education her life’s work. As a conductor and educator, Dr. Armstrong strives to cultivate a love of music in each singer through quality programing, building skills and musicianship, and devotion to the music and texts. She has toured internationally with the San Francisco Girls Chorus and the Harvard University Choir as a singer, and was one of the founding members of the Choral Fellows program at Harvard University in 2001. As a recipient of a Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship in 2009, she studied the Estonian language and culture and assisted in cataloguing entries in the University of Washington’s Baltic Choral Collection. Dr. Armstrong has worked with singers of many ages, including teaching middle- and high-school choir in Virginia, working with elementary-aged students in Bay Area schools with limited music programs, leading introductory music classes to 5- and 6-year-old girls, and directing the San Francisco Girls Chorus’ Alumnae Chorus. Most recently, Dr. Armstrong was the associate artistic director and director of musicianship at the Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley, where she worked with children and young adults ages 8 to 18.
Dr. Armstrong holds a bachelors of arts from Harvard University in Afro-American studies, a masters of music in choral conducting from the University of Oregon, where she studied with Dr. Sharon Paul, and a doctorate in musical arts in choral conducting from the University of Washington, where she studied with Dr. Geoffrey Boers. Her dissertation, entitled "From the mouth and from the heart: the Spiritual Folksongs of Cyrillus Kreek" explores the life of the Estonian composer and his arrangements of folk hymns, with a focus on those written for treble voices. Dr. Armstrong holds a Level I Certification in Kodaly teaching, and has prepared singers to sing with the San Francisco Opera, the San Francisco Symphony, and Opera Parallel.