Director of Music, Interlochen Center for the Arts
Kedrik Merwin has been director of music at Interlochen Center for the Arts since 2009. He comes to Interlochen from Atlanta, Georgia where he has had a twenty-year career as an orchestral trombonist playing with the Augusta Symphony, Savannah Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Atlanta Pops, Augusta Opera, and many other orchestras throughout the southeast. During these years he also pursued a college teaching career at Columbus State University and University of Rochester, and high-school teaching at Westminster School and Galloway School in Atlanta, where he was awarded the Pam Smart award for “innovative and motivational teaching.” Dr. Merwin has also performed as principal trombonist with the Eastman Wind Ensemble on a tour of Japan and recordings for Sony Classics, and as a studio trombonist on a 2009 Billboard chart hit by the band, Cartel. 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 holds the degrees D.M.A. in trombone performance from the Eastman School of Music, M.M. in trombone performance from Northwestern University, and B.M. in trombone performance from St. Olaf College. He and his wife, Sarah, just celebrated their twenty-second anniversary. They live in Traverse City with their three children and two golden retrievers.