Armond Vance Wimberly is a multidisciplinary musician and artistic activist from Toledo, Ohio. He currently teaches middle school orchestra in Fort Worth, Texas. Armond received his Bachelor of Music Education degree at Ohio State University where he studied music education with Dr. Robert Gillespie and viola with Dr. Juliet White-Smith. In 2018, Armond gave a TEDx talk entitled From Bach to 2Pac where he talked about the parallels between hip-hop/rap and classical music. He loves to compose music with catchy hooks and infectious bass lines that students can dance to. His compositions can best be described as a cross-pollination of Classical structures with African-American musical idioms.
Armond's music has been performed by professional ensembles such as the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio. He has conducted numerous youth orchestras and professional ensembles in the Midwest and in Texas. From 2017-19, Mr. Wimberly was the music director of the Urban Strings Columbus Youth Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio. Armond conducted this group while the performed with the famous hip-hop violin duo Black Violin. He also regularly performs around the United States and frequently does hip-hip violin covers of popular songs.