Russell Young




Russell Young


Professor of Opera Theater and Vocal Repertoire Coach

Music Director for Musical Theater


Dr. Young is an active vocal coach/accompanist/conductor, who received his undergraduate music degree from Baylor University, his masters degree from the University of Louisiana-Monroe, and his doctorate in Accompanying and Chamber Music from the University of Miami. Young was awarded a Gramma Fisher Fellowship for study in accompanying and operatic coaching in Graz, Austria.


As a vocal coach, Dr. Young has worked at the Stadtstheater Darmstadt, Western Opera Theater in San Francisco, Florida Grand Opera and Gold Coast Opera companies.  In demand as a vocal accompanist, Dr. Young has played in concert with many notable artists including Kathleen Battle, Barbara Bonney, Joy Davidson, Joseph Evans, Evelyn Lear, Helen Donath, Thomas Stewart, Nova Thomas and Jana Young. With his wife, soprano Jana Young, and clarinetist Margaret Donaghue, Dr. Young co-founded the Miami Chamber ensemble, a group committed to the performance of vocal chamber music. MCE has performed in venues across the United States including Massachusetts, Texas, Florida, and Georgia.  Dr. Young also serves as an official accompanist for the Regional Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in Atlanta, Georgia.


Prior to his appointment at Kennesaw State University, Dr. Young served as the Program Director and Conductor for Opera Theater at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida. Among the highlights of his tenure at UM, Dr. Young premiered American composer, Thomas Sleeper’s one-act opera and the U.S. premiere of Luigi Mancinelli's one-act masterpiece "Paolo e Francesca" composed in 1906, which  was recorded on the Albany Label. Additionally, Dr. Young was the director of the vocal coaching staff.  In addition to conducting over twenty-five operas at UM, he has also conducted Donizetti's L’elisir d’amore and Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus for Amarillo Opera, and Don Giovanni for University of Houston’s Moores Opera Center. Dr. Young is on the coaching staff of Le Chiavi di Bel Canto, an intensive three-week program focusing on the works of Donizetti, Bellini and Rossini.  Additionally, he has coached at the American Institute of Musical Studies program in Graz, Austria, University of Miami in Salzburg program, Taos Opera Institute, and Solfest Opera Seminar in Key West, Florida.


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