A very gifted composer.
— Dr. Nicholas Maw
Thank you for being so inspirational, and for all your creativity and care.
— A fifth-grade student, 2016

Russell A. Nadel (B. 1983)


earned Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Music Composition and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland.  A variety of local, regional, and national-level ensembles and organizations have commissioned original compositions from him, including the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE); ARTSEDGE, the National Arts and Education Network and a program of the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center (Washington, DC); the Washington Master Chorale (Washington, DC); the Vancouver Chamber Choir (Vancouver, BC, Canada); the Alturas Duo (guitar and viola, New Haven, CT); Apple Orange Pair (horn and harp, New Haven, CT); and the Woodbridge Flute Choir (Woodbridge, VA).  He has won numerous awards for his compositions, including the 2017 and 2010 Guild of Temple Musicians Ben Steinberg Young Composer’s Awards, the 2013 Mu Phi Epsilon Original Composition Contest (Division III, Class A), the 2011 Ruth Boshkoff Composition Prize sponsored by OAKE, and others.


Mr. Nadel has compositions featured on four commercial CDs, including  “This Endris Night,” by the Washington Master Chorale; “Seeds,” by Apple Orange Pair; “Butterfly,” by the Woodbridge Flute Choir; and “Poems and Dreams,” by flutist Rebecca Jeffreys.  Mr. Nadel’s choral works Eldorado and Windy Nights were published in 2013 by Hal Leonard in the prestigious Henry Leck Creating Artistry Series, and his vocal work Shabbat Cycle was published in 2013 by Transcontinental Music Press (a division of the American Conference of Cantors).  


Mr. Nadel completed his Orff Schulwerk Certification and Master Level at George Mason University (Fairfax, VA), took numerous additional Orff Schulwerk supplemental courses at George Mason University and the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN), attended the two-week Orff-Afrique masterclass in Ghana organized by Dr. Kofi Gbolonyo and the San Francisco Orff Course, and shadowed recorder instructor Nick Wild at Villanova University (Philadelphia, PA).  Mr. Nadel is currently serving as the Past President of the Middle Atlantic Chapter of the American Orff Schulwerk Association (AOSA).


This is Mr. Nadel's sixth year in the role of Middle School Music Specialist at The Potomac School in McLean, VA, a position he assumed after teaching K-6 General and Choral Music for five years at Mount Vernon Woods Elementary School in Alexandria, VA, a Fairfax County Public School.


Mr. Nadel lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and son.  When he is not composing or teaching, he participates in multiple roles in the musical life of his synagogue, coaches and mentors other music educators, and occasionally even sleeps.


To request information about commissioning fees, Orff-Schulwerk presentation engagements, or private lessons in composition or music theory, please see the Contact page of this website.



Professional headshots courtesy of Demitri Bowen.


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