Director of Music, Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp
Dr. Kedrik Merwin has been Director of Music at Interlochen Center for the Arts since 2009.
Merwin earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Trombone Performance from the Eastman School of Music. He also holds a Masters of Music in Trombone Performance from Northwestern University and a Bachelors of Music in Trombone Performance from St. Olaf College.
Prior to his appointment at Interlochen, Merwin had a 20-year career as an orchestral trombonist in Atlanta, Georgia. During that time, Merwin played with the Augusta Symphony, Savannah Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Atlanta Pops, Augusta Opera, and many other orchestras throughout the southeast.
During his years as a performer, Merwin also pursued a college teaching career at Columbus State University and University of Rochester. Merwin also taught at the high school level at Westminster School and Galloway School in Atlanta, earning the Pam Smart Award for “innovative and motivational teaching” for his work at the Galloway School.
He has taught trombone masterclasses in Portugal, Japan, China, Singapore, and Norway, and lectured at the Georgia Independent School Association annual conference. In 2008, he was named a Kurt Hahn fellow in experiential leadership by North Carolina Outward Bound.
Dr. Merwin has also performed as principal trombonist with the Eastman Wind Ensemble on a tour of Japan and recordings for Sony Classics. He was a studio trombonist on a 2009 Billboard chart hit by the band, Cartel.
Merwin and his wife, Sarah, live in Traverse City with their three children and two golden retrievers.