Dr. Ingrid Lestrud

Artistic Director & Conductor, The Arlington Chorale


Dr. Lestrud enjoys an active career as a conductor and educator. As Principal Associate Conductor for the National Children’s Chorus, her choirs perform at top venues around the nation, including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In addition to working with children, Dr. Lestrud is a conductor with Encore Creativity, a choral organization for adults over the age of 55.

Equally at home with choirs and orchestras, she recently served as the Director of Choirs for the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, and the Assistant Conductor for Symphony Nova in Boston, MA. She was also on the conducting faculty of the Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program, an El Sistema-inspired organization in inner-city Boston. Dr. Lestrud spent several years in Chicago working with underserved children and youth, and in Boston, she became very involved in the El Sistema community, working under the philosophy that social change is possible through music.

Dr. Lestrud’s other recent positions include Director of Orchestras at Hope College in Holland, MI, and the Director of Choirs and Voice Department Chair at the Merit School of Music in Chicago, IL. She collaborated with the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Renee Fleming to develop curriculum for Merit’s Solo Voice Program, and her choir performed both for and with Renee Fleming for special events. In 2013, Dr. Lestrud won 3rd place in the American Prize Choral Conducting Competition with the Merit Conservatory Choir, and in 2017, she won the same prize with the Holy Cross College Choir.

Prior to her conducting studies, Dr. Lestrud earned a Bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Lawrence University. She holds her formal conducting degrees from Southern Methodist University where she studied with Paul Phillips, and Northwestern University where she studied with Victor Yampolsky.