Russell Brown, PhD



2013, University of Florida

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Music Composition, Cognate:  Music Performance

2004, University of Florida

  • Master of Music in Music Composition

2000, The Ohio State University

  • Master of Music in Music Performance (Clarinet)

1998, Valdosta State University

  • Bachelor of Music in Music Performance (Clarinet), Magna Cum Laude

Teaching Experience

August 2016 – present, Assistant Professor of Music, Armstrong State University

Duties include:

  • Private studio instruction for woodwind music majors
  • Instruct music theory and composition courses
  • Instruct Music Appreciation as needed


June 2009 – present, Instructor of Woodwinds, Georgia Governor’s Honors Program, Valdosta State University

Duties include:

  • Coach various woodwind chamber groups.
  • Teach elective course, Survey of Musical Styles; Instruct Guitar Minor.

August 2015 – Dec. 2015, Temporary Adjunct Professor of Composition, Manchester University, North Manchester, IN

Duties include:

  • Private instruction in composition via online resources. Maintain composition studio while the primary professor in on sabbatical.


August 2009 – June 2016, Assistant Professor of Woodwinds and Music Theory (tenured), Albany State University

Duties include:

  • Private studio instruction for woodwind music majors
  • Instruct music theory courses, primarily Music Theory 1 and Counterpoint.
  • Instruct Music Appreciation as needed.

Courses Include:

  • MUSC 1021, 1022  Elementary Music Theory
  • MUSC 1100  Music Appreciation
  • MUSC 1133  Intro to Music Literature
  • MUSC 3021  Counterpoint
  • MUSC 3230  Woodwind Methods
  • MUSC xxxx  Assorted Private Instruction


August 2008 – June 2009, Instructor of Music Theory and Composition, Valdosta State University (Valdosta, GA)

Duties include:

  • Instruct undergraduate music theory and aural skills.
  • Private instruction in music composition.

Courses include:

  • MUSC 1011  Music Theory 1
  • MUSC 1016  Introduction to Computers in Music
  • MUSC 1051  Music Theory 1 Lab
  • MUSC 1012  Music Theory 2
  • MUSC 1052  Music Theory 2 Lab
  • MUSC 2011  Music Theory 3
  • MUSC 2051  Music Theory 3 Lab
  • MUSC 2012  Music Theory 4
  • MUSC 2052  Music Theory 4 Lab
  • MUSC 3170  Music Composition 1
  • MUSC 3171  Music Composition 2


August 2002 – August 2008, Graduate Teaching Associate, University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)

Duties include:

  • Instruct undergraduate aural skills.  Instruct or assist music theory lecture as needed.
  • Private instruction (clarinet) for non-majors.
  • Instruct woodwind methods course as needed.

Courses include:

  • MUT 1121  Music Theory 1
  • MUT 1122  Music Theory 2 (Instructor of Record, Summer 2008, Summer 2006)
  • MUT 2121  Music Theory 3
  • MUT 2122  Music Theory 4
  • MUE 2450  Woodwind Methods I (Clarinet)

August 2006 – June 2007, Interim Adjunct Professor of Clarinet and Saxophone Central Florida Community College (Ocala, FL)

Duties include:

  • Private instruction (clarinet and saxophone) for music majors.

September 1998 – June 2001, Adjunct Professor of Clarinet, Cedarville University (Cedarville, OH)

Duties include:

  • Private instruction (clarinet and saxophone) for music majors.
  • Instruct woodwind methods course (all woodwinds).

Selected Compositions

  • Pawn Soundtrack, (short film, horror) for mixed media
  • Concerto for Harp and Orchestra
  • Round Robin, for percussion ensemble
  • Psalm 23, for chamber choir
  • Canon, for clarinet and computer
  • Symphony No. 1, for large wind ensemble
  • Lament, for choir and piano
  • “The Synaesthesia Project”, Robin’s Egg Blue, for digital media
  • Bolus Hook, for string ensemble
  • O My Beloved, for soprano and piano
  • Rhapsody, for violin and guitar
  • Kyrie, for bassoon and digital media
  • Luminarium, for wind ensemble
  • Fulcrum, for string ensemble
  • Striata, for flute and piano
  • Five Miniatures, for clarinet, double bass, and percussion
  • Catchpenny, for viola and digital media
  • Monocular, for solo viola
  • Common Thread, for clarinet and orchestra
  • Pandemic, for digital media
  • Heir to Perdition, for flute, english horn, bassoon, and marimba
  • Under21, for digital media
  • Rhapsody, for horn and piano

Public Performances (Composition)

  • November 12, 2015, Society of Composers, National Conference, University of Florida, Gainesville, Canon for clarinet and computer
  • October 17, 2015, 48-hour Film Festival, Atlanta, GA, Soundtrack for Pawn, (Gothic Horror Short, Finalist for Best Film)
  • July 17, 2015, Prism II, Georgia Governors Honors Program,Round Robin for percussion ensemble.
  • July 12, 2015, All-Campus Orchestra, Georgia Governors Honors Program, Concerto for Harp and Orchestra
  • March 28, 2015, Manchester New Music Festival, Manchester University (IN), Canon for clarinet and computer
  • February 3, 2015, University of Texas, Arlington, Bassoon Week, Kyrie, Rich Brownell, bassoon
  • July 23, 2014, Woodwind and Brass Majors concert, Georgia Governors Honors Program, Symphony No. 1 for Wind Ensemble, IV. Patchwork
  • November 9, 2013, Festival of New American Music, Sacramento, CA, Kyrie
  • July 16, 2013, Woodwind and Brass Majors concert, Georgia Governors Honors Program, Symphony No. 1 for Wind Ensemble, I. Shattered Glass
  • Mar. – Oct., 2013, Guest Faculty Recital (various), Kyrie, including University of South Carolina, UT Austin, Bowling Green State University, Columbus State University, UNC-Greensboro, Dr. Scott Pool, bassoon
  • June 28th, 2012, Faculty Recital, Valdosta State University, Canon
  • March 20th, 2012, Faculty Recital, Albany State University, Canon
  • June 23rd, 2010, IDRS, University of Oklahoma, Kyrie
  • January 31st, 2010, Guest Faculty Recital, Columbus State University, Robin’s Egg Blue, Kyrie
  • March 13th, 2009, Valdosta State University Chamber Singers, Lament
  • February 7th, 2009, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Bolus Hook (String Ensemble Version)
  • November 10, 2008, Faculty Recital, Valdosta State University, Catchpenny,  Robin’s Egg Blue, Striata 
  • August 28, 2008, Faculty Recital, Valdosta State University, Whitehead Auditorium, Scott Pool, Bassoon, Kyrie
  • June 21, 2008, 12 Nights Series, Harold Golen Gallery, Miami, FL, “The Synaesthesia Project”, Robin’s Egg Blue
  • March 25, 2008, PhD Recital, University of Florida, Monocular, 5 Miniatures, Striata, Kyrie, O My Beloved
  • September, 2007, Guest Faculty Recital, New Mexico State University, Kyrie
  • September, 2007, Guest Faculty Recital, Fairmont State University(WV), Kyrie
  • March 25, 2007, Guest Faculty Recital, Clayton State University, Spivey Hall, Kyrie
  • March 2, 2007, Guest Faculty Recital, University of Florida, University Auditorium, Kyrie
  • November 4, 2006, 3rd Practice Music Festival, University of Richmond, Kyrie, Shannon Lowe, Bassoon
  • May 18, 2006, Fresh Ink 2006, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Fulcrum
  • April 7th, 2006, 15th Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, University of Florida, Kyrie
  • March 10, 2006, Muzyka z Florydy, R20 Formacja Orkiestrowa, Wroclaw, Poland, Fulcrum
  • April 7, 2005, 14th Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, University of Florida, Catchpenny
  • April 21, 2004, MM Recital, University of Florida, Rhapsody, Under21, Pandemic, Heir to Perdition
  • April 2, 2004, 13th Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, University of Florida, Under21
  • November 23, 2003, Society of Composers Inc National Student, Conference University of Miami, Heir to Perdition

Public Performances (Clarinet)

  • October 6, 2015, Faculty Recital, Albany State University, Backwoods Trio, Divertimenti (Mozart),  Duo No. 2 in D minor (Crusell), Trio (Schickele),  Toccata and Fugue in D minor (Bach)
  • November 11, 2014, Faculty Recital, Albany State University, Cello Suite No.1 (Bach), Duo for clarinet and bassoon (Beethoven), New York Counterpoint (Reich)
  • June 27th, 2014, Faculty Recital, Governor’s Honors Program,New York Counterpoint (Reich), Trio (Bruch)
  • March 25th, 2013, Faculty Recital, Albany State University, In C (Riley), Duo No. 3 (Crusell), Sonata (Saint-Saens), Concertino (Weber)
  • October 30th, 2012, L’Histoire du Soldat (Stravinsky),  Albany State University
  • June 29th, 2012, Faculty Recital, Governor’s Honors Program, Canon (Brown), Trio (Bruch)
  • April 12th, 2012, Darton College Guest Artist Recital, Steven Landis, Frustrations
  • March 20th, 2012, Faculty Recital, Albany State University, Canon, (Brown), Fantasiestucke (Schumann), Tapestry (Owenby), Trio, Op. 38 (Beethoven)
  • March 11st, 2012, Flint River Trio, Jacksonville Public Library, Trio, Op. 38 (Beethoven), Fantasiestucke (Schumann)
  • February 17th, 2012, Flint River Trio, CMS Southern Regional Conference, University of South Florida, Tapestry (Owenby)
  • January 20th, 2012, Flint River Trio, Thomasville Chamber Music Series, Trio (Brahms), Fantasiestucke (Schumann)
  • June 30th, 2011, Faculty Recital, Governor’s Honors Program, Penelope’s Song (Shatin), Trio (Mozart)
  • April 21st, 2011, Flint River Trio, Fitzgerald Arts Council, Trio (Brahms), Fantasiestucke (Schumann)
  • April 19th, 2011, Faculty Recital, Albany State University, Trio (Brahms)
  • March 17th, 2011, Faculty Recital, Albany State University, Breathe (Harchenko), Superstructure (McCabe), fix-a-tion (Hamm), 4’33” (Cage)
  • January 31st, 2011, Guest Faculty Recital, Columbus State University, Superstructure (McCabe), Breathe (Harchenko), fix-a-tion (Hamm) 
  • November 15th, 2010, Electroacoustic Jukejoint Festival, Delta State University, Breathe (Harchenko)
  • April 16th, 2009, Community Recital Series, Valdosta, GA Sonata in F minor, Brahms
  • November 14, 2008, Electroacoustic Jukejoint Festival, Delta State University, Mimic (Variego)
  • November 10, 2008, Faculty Recital, Valdosta State University Fix-a-tion (Hamm), Magic Forest Scenes (Richards), Mimic (Variego)
  • October 7, 2008, Faculty Recital, Valdosta State University Whitehead Auditorium, Jeffrey Olson, Clarinet
  • August 28, 2008, Faculty Recital, Valdosta State University Whitehead Auditorium, Scott Pool, Bassoon
  • July 23 – August 2, 2008, Secret Garden, Gainesville Community Playhouse, Clarinet
  • July 6, 2008, International Clarinetist Association Conference Kansas City, MO, University of Florida Clarinet Ensemble, Bass Clarinet
  • June 21, 2008, 12 Nights Series, Harold Golen Gallery, Miami, FL, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
  • May 4-6, 2008, Recording Session, University of Florida Wind Ensemble, Bass Clarinet
  • April 11, 2008, Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival Gainesville, FL, Echolalia, Bass Clarinet
  • March 5, 2008, American Bandmaster’s Association University of Florida Wind Ensemble, Bass Clarinet
  • January 10, 2008, Florida Music Educators Association, Tampa, FL, University of Florida Clarinet Ensemble, Bass Clarinet
  • November 5, 2007, New Music Ensemble, University of Florida Clarinet
  • October 30, 2007, PhD Recital, Joo Won Park, University of Florida Snapshots, Tremolo, Bass Clarinet
  • October 14, 2007, Buffet Crampon Clarinet Choir Festival Seattle, WA, University of Florida Clarinet Ensemble, Bass Clarinet
  • April 16-17, 2007, The Lotus Flower (ballet), University of Florida School Theatre and Dance, Clarinet
  • April 2, 2007, New Music Ensemble, University of Florida, Clarinet
  • October 14-16, 2006 ,Buffet Crampon Clarinet Choir Festival Rochester, NY, University of Florida Clarinet Ensemble, Bass Clarinet
  • November 15, 2005, Solo Recital, University of Florida, Sonate (Hindemith), Magic Forest Scenes (Richards), Snapshots (Park), fix-a-tion (Hamm)
  • November 14, 2005, New Music Ensemble, University of Florida, Clarinet
  • November 6, 2005, Gainesville Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Series, L’Histoire du Soldat, Clarinet
  • October 15, 2005, Society of Composers, Inc National Conference, fix-a-tionTremolo, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
  • July 10, 2005, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Conference, Singapore University of Florida Wind Ensemble, Bass Clarinet
  • April 16, 2005, Society of Electro Acoustic Music in the United States Conference, Ball State University
  • fix-a-tion, Clarinet
  • January 5, 2005, Florida Music Educators Association, Tampa, FL University of Florida Clarinet Ensemble, Clarinet

Public Performances (Orchestral)

  • 2002 – present, 1995 – 1998, Valdosta (GA) Symphony Orchestra, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Eb Clarinet
  • 2002 – present, 1997 – 1998, Albany (GA) Symphony Orchestra, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Eb Clarinet, Banjo
  • 2015, Savannah Philharmonic, Guitar, Substitute Musician
  • 2013, Columbus (GA) Symphony Orchestra, Clarinet, Saxophone, Substitute Musician
  • 2002 – 2008, Gainesville (FL) Chamber Orchestra, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Saxophone
  • 2005 – 2008, Ocala Symphony Orchestra, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Saxophone
  • 2006 – 2008, The Florida Orchestra (Tampa), Bass Clarinet, Clarinet, Substitute Musician

Committees and Other Service

  • 2014 – present, Graduate Curriculum Committee, College of Arts and Humanities, Albany State University. Duties include:  Review graduate curriculum and policies for the College of Arts and Humanities.
  • 2014 – present, Faculty Senate Fine Arts Representative, Albany State University. Duties include:  Representing the Fine Arts department in shared faculty governance.  This includes reviewing changes in curriculum and university wide policy.
  • 2014 – present, Recruitment Committee, Member, Albany State University. Duties include:  Management of social media including event announcements and messaging.  Plan and implement recruitment strategies.
  • 2009 – present Faculty Advisor, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Rho Delta Chapter, Albany State University. Duties include:  Advisory role in chapter business and oversight Liaison to Student Activities where faculty approval is required.
  • 2010 – present Clarinet Consultant, Lee County High School. Duties Include:  Conduct sectionals for large ensembles. Direct and rehearse clarinet ensemble. Private instruction as needed.
  • 2012 – present Librarian, Albany Symphony Orchestra. Duties include:  Distribution of sheet music to musicians.  Rental library contracts and procurement.  Maintain catalog of the library.  Serve as a liaison to the Music Director.
  • February 2015, Reviewer, Albany State University Center for Undergraduate Research
  • September 2014, College of Arts and Humanities Faculty Colloquium. The Use of Pitch Scheme Commonalities in “Circus Maximus”: An Analysis of John Corigliano’s Symphony No. 3. 
  • 2011 – 2013, State Composition Competition Coordinator, Georgia Music Educator Association. Duties include:  Procuring judges for the state level competition. Distribution of scores to local judges and regional coordinators.  Serve as a liaison between the state and national coordinators.
  • 2011-2012, Member, Fine Arts Grievance Committee, Albany State University
  • 2011, Adjudicator, Valdosta State University Concerto Competition

Public Performances (Other)

  • 2011 – present, ReFresh Conference Musician (Contemporary Christian), Pigeon Forge, TN, Richmond, VA, Albany, GA, Guitar
  • 2010 – present, Sherwood Baptist Church Praise Team, (Contemporary Christian), Guitar
  • 2015, SpaceSeed “Beyond Here Monsters Dwell” (space rock album), bass clarinet and guitar, producer
  • 2015, 517 “517” (christian hip hop), bass and guitar, producer
  • 2014, Albany State University Poetry Festival, Guitar (Blues)
  • 2014, Live DVD “Jesus Hope of the World” (Lifeway), Rhythm Guitar
  • 2013, Festival international du Slam et de la poésie, Guitar (Hiphop), Fez, Morocco; Kenitra, Morocco
  • 2009 – 2011, The Majors (R&B), Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Ensemble, Albany State University, Guitar
  • 2007 – 2010, Picardy Junction (Bluegrass), Tim and Terry’s, Banjo
  • 2009, Pan-American Music Ensemble, (Mariachi, Brazilian, Tango, Bluegrass),Valdosta State University, Guitar, Penny Whistle, Banjo, Clarinet, Vihuela, Guitarrón
  • 2006 – 2008, Funkology (Funk), Gainesville, FL, Guitar, Tenor Sax, Bass
  • 2007 – 2008, Wishful Drinking (Southern Rock), Market Street Pub, Gainesville, FL, Guitar, Banjo
  • 2008, Breakaway Republic (Afrobeat), Market Street Pub, Gainesville, FL, Bass Clarinet
  • 2005 – 2006, Das Fünkhaus (Funk), Tim and Terry’s, Gainesville, FL, Guitar
  • 2006, Byte al Gnawa (Moroccan), Museum Nights at the Harn, Oud