Nicole Russell (b. 1997) is an African-American and Mexican-American composer born and raised in Austin, Texas, currently living in San Antonio. Her work includes art songs, choral music, instrumental chamber ensembles, electro-acoustic music, and has been performed at various events, including the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Festival of New Music in 2018 as a featured student composer, and the Women in Music Festival on the campus of the Mississippi University for Women. In March of 2019 she was awarded 2nd place at the SOLI Ensemble Invitation Composition Competition. She is a mezzo-soprano and pianist, and has performed as a finalist in the National Association of Teachers of Singing South Texas Competition, has sung as a soloist with full orchestra and choir, and works as an accompanist. 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. She is currently pursuing her bachelors in music composition at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
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