Wayne State College

Shelly Armstrong

Shelly Marshall Armstrong is the dedicated staff accompanist at Wayne State. Her work includes playing for classes and lessons, collaborating with choirs, and accompanying numerous student, faculty, and guest artist recitals each semester. In 2018, she accompanied the Wayne State choirs on a European Tour to Prague; Salzburg, Austria; Vienna; and Munich. 

A summa cum laude graduate from Wartburg College with a Bachelor of Music Education and Music Therapy degree, she served as president of the Wartburg Choir. Armstrong also earned a Master of Music in Music Education degree from the University of Northern Iowa. She has worked as a board-certified music therapist in the hospice setting, taught in public schools, and accompanied K-12 and collegiate ensembles at Wartburg College, Coe College, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In collaboration with her husband, Matthew, concert and jazz choirs under their direction have been selected to perform at regional and national ACDA conventions, including vocal jazz night at the 2011 ACDA National Convention in Chicago.

An active musician, Armstrong is a performing/recording artist and studio singer for choral demos. As a composer and arranger, her works have been published by Peck Music Group, MusicSpoke, Hinshaw, and Santa Barbara Music Publishing, and performed by numerous artists, choirs, honor, and all-state festivals. She has presented at regional ACDA conferences and stays active as a clinician and adjudicator. One of her favorite activities is making music with their children, Norah and Gabriel.


Bachelor of Music Education and Music Therapy - Wartburg College

Master of Music in Music Education - University of Northern Iowa