About Russell's composition "Byzantine Dances": "The listener is instantly captured by exotic rhythmic energy. Sumptuous color, modal use, and special effects pervade these mesmerizing dances, causing one to visualize a vibrant Middle Eastern square."
If you are thinking about taking the Level I or Level II summer training courses in Orff-Schulwerk pedagogy, consider coming to the brand-new course at Winthrop University, in Rock Hill, SC -- Russell will be teaching Recorder there!
An article by choral conductor and pedagogue Donna Menhart featured a lesson plan and teaching suggestions for "Eldorado," written as the result of Russell's winning the 2012 Ruth Boshkoff Composition Prize sponsored by the Organization of American Kodály Educators.
Apple Orange Pair performed a featured recital at the International Horn Symposium‘s annual conference at Ithaca College, NY, which included "Orchard Sunset." Apple Orange Pair (Emily Boyer and Dr. Colleen Thorburn) commissioned that work from Russell in 2011 and have performed it regularly since.
Apple Orange Pair served as one of three chamber groups in residence for the inaugural season of Connecticut Summerfestat the Hartt School in Hartford, CT. Apple Orange Pair's feature concert on June 10 included Russell's work "Orchard Sunset," which Apple Orange Pair commissioned in 2011, and was live-streamed online.