Joshua N. Pedde, artistic director for the Indianapolis Children’s Choir (ICC), has been with the organization for over fifteen years, serving as a teacher, director, and assistant artistic director. Mr. Pedde was instrumental in growing the ICC’s Innovations program that provides free music education workshops to public and private schools throughout central Indiana. At the end of the 2015-2016 season, Henry Leck, founder and artistic director of the ICC for its first 30 years, “passed the baton” to Mr. Pedde, and he was appointed the new artistic director.
Mr. Pedde is a frequent conductor and clinician throughout the United States. He has conducted the LCMS Worship Institute Children’s Choir, both the WELS National Worship Convention Festival and Children’s Choirs, numerous Circle the State with Song festivals, the American Hymn Society, the National Conference of Pastoral Musicians, the National Disciples of Christ Conference, American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) all state choirs in Kentucky and New Mexico, Indiana Music Education Association honor choir, and honor choirs and workshops throughout the United States. Mr. Pedde frequently acts as a consultant to churches on Liturgical Worship and Children’s Choir.
Mr. Pedde serves at Carmel Lutheran Church as assistant director of worship and organist. He is the music director of the Carmel Community Choir and Orchestra. He is a member of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and the American Guild of Organists. He has received training in Orff-Schulwerk, Kodály, and First Steps methods of teaching. Mr. Pedde was an elementary music teacher in the Zionsville Public School system for five year before joining the ICC as a full time conductor. From 2001-2005 Mr. Pedde founded and served as the Artistic Director of the Kokomo Youth Chorale, a non-profit musical organization for singers with changed voices from grades 6-12.
Mr. Pedde earned his bachelor of music degree in vocal music education and a master’s degree in choral conducting from Butler University, where he was recognized for his outstanding work in elementary music. In addition, he holds a Director of Parish Music certification from Concordia University Chicago.