John K. Russell


Conductor, educator, and tenor, Dr. John K. Russellhas served as Music Director of the San Diego Master Chorale since 2014. As Music Director, John programs and conducts the Chorale’s concert season and prepares the Chorale for performances with the San Diego Symphony and the Mainly Mozart All-Star Orchestra.

As an educator, he is currently the Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Palomar College where he conducts the Chamber Singers, the Palomar Chorale, and oversees the vocal music program. Previously, he was the principal choral conductor of the LaGuardia School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City. He also conducted over twenty performances of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, was a clinician for the New York Philharmonic’s Education Department, and appeared as a guest conductor with the New York City National Chorale. He has also served on the summer conducting faculty at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey.

In demand as a tenor soloist and noted for his ‘heart-melting legato,’ John has appeared with the Westminster Summer Choral Festival in Princeton, NJ, Bach Collegium San Diego, Piffaro: The Renaissance Band of Philadelphia, San Diego Symphony, Pepperdine University, and Lisbon Summer Choral Festival in Lisbon, Portugal.

A native of Kalamazoo, Michigan, John holds degrees from Western Michigan University, Columbia University, and received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Music from the University of Southern California. He resides in San Diego with his wife, Jill, and son, Parker.