Nicole Russell (b. 1997) is an African-American and Mexican-American composer born and raised in Austin, Texas. Her work includes art songs, choral music, works for solo instruments, chamber music, and electro-acoustic music. Her work was featured on the Callope’s Call “Sounds of Unity” program and the 2019 Women in Music Festival on the campus of the Mississippi University for Women. She was a selected student composer for the 2019 CISUM Percussion Workshop in New York and will be a composer fellow at the upcoming 2020 Alba Music Composition Festival. Nicole is an active pianist and mezzo-soprano, performing as a soloist or accompanist in styles from classical to jazz. She is a member of the Chancel Choir and Hand Bell Choir at Central Christian Church in downtown San Antonio and teaches piano and voice lessons to children. Nicole is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in music composition at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
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