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Ingrid Lestrud is the Director of Orchestras at Hope College. Before coming to Hope, Dr. Lestrud enjoyed an active career in Chicago as a conductor, educator, and singer. She was the Voice Department Chair and Director of Choirs at the Merit School of Music, a community music school that serves thousands of students and focuses on reaching underserved communities. She collaborated with the Lyric Opera and Renée Fleming to develop curriculum for Merit’s Solo Voice Program, and her choir performed both for and with Renée Fleming for special events. In 2013, Dr. Lestrud won 3rd place in the American Prize Conducting Competition with one of her Merit ensembles. She directed eight children and youth ensembles ages 5-18 at Merit and in three Chicago Public Schools. In addition to her work with youth, Dr. Lestrud served as the music director for the Presbyterian Church of Palatine, the All-Village Singers Community Chorus in Glencoe, and the Women of Note in Winnetka. She also guest conducted several groups, including the North Park Symphony Orchestra, the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, the South Loop Symphony, the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra, and the Downers Grove Choral Society. An active choral singer herself, Dr. Lestrud enjoyed singing with the Chicago Symphony Chorus.