Dr. John Russell is the Director of Choral Activities at California State University, San Bernardino and was recently appointed as the Music Director of the San Diego Master Chorale beginning with the 2014-15 season. At CSUSB he conducts the Chamber Singers and Concert Choir, teaches applied voice, choral methods, choral conducting, choral literature and conducts the opera. As Music Director of the SDMC, Dr. Russell will conduct and coordinate all artistic activities of the chorale, which will include preparing the chorus for multiple performances with Maestro Jahja Ling and the San Diego Symphony. In addition, he is the Music Director for the newly formed San Diego Pro Arte Voices and serves as the Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master for the Pacific Bach Project. During the summer he serves on the conducting faculty at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey and the San Diego Summer Choral Festival.
Dr. Russell was previously the Director of Choral Activities at Albion College in Albion, Michigan and has held similar positions at Los Angeles City College, Long Beach City College, Cypress College and the San Diego Children’s Choir. Prior to his work in California, Dr. Russell was the principal choral conductor at the LaGuardia School of Music & Art and Performing Arts (the Fame School) in New York City. At LaGuardia he was the assistant chairperson of the Music Department, conductor of the symphonic chorus and voice instructor for the school’s advanced vocalists. While in New York he conducted in over twenty performances with the world-renowned Orchestra of St. Luke’s, served as a clinician for the New York Philharmonic’s Education Department, and was a guest conductor with New York City National Chorale.
Dr. Russell is also frequently in demand as a tenor soloist and was recently noted for his “heart-melting legato”. He is a current member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the San Diego Pro Arte Voices, the Pacific Bach Project, and the Bach Collegium San Diego. Dr. Russell's recent solo performances include J.S. Bach’s B Minor Mass with the Bach Collegium San Diego, Carl Orff's Carmina Burana with the Lisbon Summer Choral Festival Chorus and Orchestra in Lisbon, Portugal, and Benjamin Britten’s Serenade for Tenor Horn and Strings with the San Diego State Symphony Orchestra. He recently made his Walt Disney Concert Hall debut as the tenor soloist for Handel's Messiah with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and in June he made his debut as tenor soloist with the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus performing Ode to Common Things by Cary Ratcliff.
Dr. Russell is a native of Kalamazoo, Michigan and is a graduate of Western Michigan University and Columbia University. He received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Music from the University of Southern California. His primary conducting mentors are Craig Arnold, Joe Miller and Jo-Michael Scheibe and he has studied voice with William Appel, Curt Peterson, Jeanne Goffi-Fynn and Gary Glaze. He currently resides in San Bernardino and San Diego with his wife, Jill. .
Martin Green is a native San Diegan who has trained and spent his entire musical career here. As a singer, he is equally at home in everything from period Baroque performances to more avant-garde New Music programs, and he is a member of Cappella Gloriana, San Diego's professional chamber choir. He has prepared choirs and accompanied for such notable conductors as Sir David Wilcocks, John Rutter, David Flood, Martin Neary, and Duiane Wolfe.
As an organist, Martin has played as both solo performer and accompanist throughout the US, as well as Mexico, Canada, and England. He has won several awards from the American Guild of Organists and appeared on NPR's "Pipedreams Live!" broadcast from UNLV.
Mr. Green is the Organist and Choirmaster of St Paul's Episcopal Cathedral in downtown San Diego where he is responsible for a large program involving both professional and volunteer singers, the boy choristers and the girls choristers, choral and organ scholars, and serves as the primary organist and choral director for cathedral and diocesan functions. Martin also stays active in teaching, as a clinician at both choral and organ events, and has conducted two recordings with the St Paul's choristers.
- Eileen Wingard, SD Jewish Press Heritage, Friday, July 20, 2001
Bryan Verhoye is a concert pianist who trained at the USC School of Music, the Aspen Music School, and the Peabody Conservatory. He has won first-prize awards from the International Piano Recording Competition and the Carmel Music Society, as well as multiple awards from the Musical Merit Foundation of San Diego. His performance in Carmel of Stravinsky's "Three Movements From Petrouchka" was broadcast on National Public Radio's syndicated Performance Today program.
In addition to being featured numerous times with the San Diego Symphony in both classical and jazz settings, he has appeared every December since 2001 in the Carols By Candlelight concert alongside performers such as Kenny Loggins, America, The Little River Band, Stephen Bishop, Billy Ray Cyrus and Kim Carnes; he has also appeared in concert with Grammy-award winning violinist/composer Mark O'Connor.
Mr. Verhoye has appeared frequently as a solo recitalist, accompanist, and chamber music performer in San Diego and throughout the West Coast. He has performed for the educational outreach programs of the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, the La Jolla Music Society and the Mainly Mozart Festival.
Along with teaching piano, being a published composer and arranger, and being the accompanist for the San Diego Master Chorale since 1998, he is also Music Associate at Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church, and Adjunct Professor of Music at Grossmont College.
Chris previously worked with SDMC as Assistant Music Director under Martin Wright's leadership, then as Interim Music Director prior to Dr. Gary McKercher being named as Music Director in 2007.
Chris is an immensely talented conductor, accompanist, arranger, and vocal coach. He has extensive experience in preparation and performance of a wide range of choral programming, including musical theater and pops. He currently conducts the SDSU Concert Choir, San Diego Women's Chorus, Pacific Men's Chorale, and Encore Vocal Ensemble. Other local organizations with whom Chris has worked in the past include Lyric Opera San Diego, the San Diego Children's Choir, the San Diego Men's Chorus, the San Diego Symphony Summer Pops Broadway programs, and San Diego Opera, among others.
Chris will also continue to develop the Chorale's current educational outreach program, extending it beyond the elementary school classroom to high school and possibly middle school students.
To promote and preserve choral music through performance, education and diverse community outreach.