CVYO Associate Conductor, Michael Ryan Armstrong started playing in the Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra in 2002 and has been a coach since 2005. He is a keyboardist, trumpeter, and conductor, and is the music director of the Westlake Village Symphony. He is principal keyboardist for the American Youth Symphony where he has worked with Alexander Treger, James Conlon, David Newman, John Williams, and Alan Silvestri.
Mr. Armstrong has performed with the Golden State Pops Orchestra, the San Fernando Valley Symphony, the Westwood Symphony, and many others in the Los Angeles area. He is the assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Symphonic Winds and has conducted them in concerts throughout France, Luxembourg, and China. In September 2014, he was appointed as program coordinator for the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra. In the summer, Mr. Armstrong works as a music librarian at Idyllwild Arts. His teachers include Bill Benson and Edward Francis.
In 2013, Mr. Armstrong accepted the position of Assistant Conductor and Librarian with CVYO. His knowledge as a musician and his enthusiasm for working with talented youth, have proven him to be a great asset to the orchestras.