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Christopher Russell, M.M.

Associate Professor
Conductor of Symphony Orchestra
Instrumental Conducting
Phone: (626) 815-3848
Christopher Russell taught at APU in 2003 and rejoined the APU faculty in fall of 2007 as conductor of the Symphony Orchestra. He is also currently the coordinator of orchestral studies at Orange County High School of the Arts (OCHSA) in Santa Ana, California.

Russell has conducted numerous premieres, including performances of works by Brett Dean, Jonathan Harvey, Tristan Keuris, Magnus Lindberg, Per Nørgård, Éric Tanguy, and Kaija Saariaho, as well as symphonies by Havergal Brian, John McCabe, and Robert Simpson. As conductor of the Indiana University New Music Ensemble, he recorded music by Frederick Fox and attended conducting classes taught by Pierre Boulez at the Scotia Festival in Halifax and at Carnegie Hall.

For six consecutive years, ASCAP presented him with the Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music. In 2006, under his direction, the OCHSA Symphony Orchestra debuted at Carnegie Hall. He also conducted students from OCHSA in two events with Los Angeles Philharmonic guest composers, and has written articles published by the American Symphony Orchestra League. His work has been profiled in the Orange County Register, Orange County Weekly, and Sounding Board (the magazine of the American Composers Forum), and featured on the nationally-syndicated radio program Composers Datebook.


  • M.M. in Orchestral Conducting, Indiana University
  • B.A in Composition, California State University, Fullerton


College of Music and the Arts

College of Music and the Arts: School of Music

  • Undergraduate Programs


  • Music History
    Orchestra music from the Classical Era to the present
  • Music Theory
    Theory of music from the basics through contemporary techniques
  • Orchestral Conducting
    Techniques of conducting

Courses Taught

  • MUS 271 – Symphony Orchestra
  • MUS 351 – Ancient, Renaissance, and World Music Literature
  • MUS 371 – Symphony Orchestra