The Summer Singers Name New Artistic Director
Russell Adrian has been appointed the new permanent Artistic Director of The Summer Singers. He served as the Interim Director for the 2013 Season and has now accepted the invitation to lead the ensemble in to the future.
In accepting, Mr. Adrian remarked, “I am delighted to be joining The Summer Singers as Artistic Director. I look forward to our continued growth in music making as we also build our community outreach and education goals.” Helen Lockhart, President of The Summer Singers, echoed the unanimous feeling of the Board of Directors in saying “We are delighted to have you on board!”
Russell Adrian is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting at the University of Minnesota where he conducts the Mosaic Women’s Chorus and studies with Prof. Kathy Saltzman Romey and Dr. Matthew Mehaffey. He serves as the Artistic Director of the South Metro Chorale and is active in the music ministry at Emmanuel Mennonite Church.
Prior to moving to Minneapolis, Russell completed his Master’s degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with Prof. Beverly Taylor and Dr. Bruce Gladstone. His undergraduate degrees are in Piano Performance and Mathematics from Bethel College in Kansas after which he was the music director at Western Mennonite School in Salem, Oregon for five years. He and his wife Camille are both originally from Minnesota and are happy to be back in their home state raising their two-year-old daughter, Hannah.
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