Dr. Russell Shelley, Music Director of the State College Choral Society, is also the Elma Stine Heckler Professor of Music at Juniata College in Huntingdon, where he also serves as chair of the Department of Music and conductor of the Juniata College Concert Choir, which has performed in twenty-twenty states and twenty countries on more than twenty-five extended tours, including trips through Brazil (2010), Hungary & Romania (2011), Ireland (2012), Guatemala (2013), and China (2014).
Under Shelley’s direction, State College Choral Society repertoire has included Mendelssohn’s St. Paul, Haydn’s Creation, Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2 “Lobgesang,” Bach’s Magnificat, Fauré’s Requiem, Ramirez’ Misa Criolla and Navidad Nuestra, Brahms’ Requiem, Tippett’s A Child of Our Time, and the Choral Society-commissioned Voices of the Holocaust, which premiered in November 2004 and has since been performed many times in both the U.S. & Brazil.
A native of New York, Shelley holds baccalaureate degrees in Music Education and Sacred Music, a masters degree in Vocal Performance from Mansfield University, PA, and a doctorate in Music Education from Penn State. Prior to his graduate work at Penn State, he taught junior and senior high general and choral music in New York.
Shelley has served both in the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Choral Director’s Association and the Pennsylvania Collegiate Choral Association. Guest conducting opportunities in 2013–2014 have included Pennsylvania, Indiana, California, North Carolina & Arizona. Read Russ' complete bio…