Brian Russell - Director of Music

Brian Russell is Director of Music at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Franklin, TN.  Before his appointment in 2017, Brian served as Director of Music at the First United Methodist Church in Columbia, TN, the First Federated Church in Peoria, IL, and a host of churches across Tennessee and Upstate New York.  


A native of Nashville, Brian holds his Bachelor of Music degree from Middle Tennessee State University where he studied trombone, piano, violin, and voice.  His concentration quickly moved to conducting, which led him to receive his Master and Doctorate degrees in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.  While at Eastman, he won the coveted Walter Hagan Conducting Prize and the Julius Herford Prize, awarded for outstanding research in his dissertation on the music of the prolific 18th Century Lutheran composer, Georg Philip Telemann.

Before returning to Murfreesboro in 2012, Dr. Russell was Assistant Professor of Music at Illinois Wesleyan University (Bloomington) and Hobart and William Smith Colleges (Geneva, NY), where he conducted vocal and instrumental ensembles and taught conducting and courses in secondary instrumental and vocal methods.  Dr. Russell is the Executive Music Director of Murfreesboro’s Ethos Youth Ensembles, where he conducts the Ethos Philharmonic Orchestra and Wind Symphony and oversees a comprehensive youth ensemble program including four orchestras, a jazz ensemble, and a children’s choir.  Dr. Russell is also the Chair of Fine Arts at Stewarts Creek High School in Rutherford County and lives in Murfreesboro with his wife and three children.