Russell Christensen joined the Oregon State University music department in the fall of 2009. He is the director of the OSU Meistersingers men's chorus and teaches choral methods and choral conducting. Christensen holds a Bachelor of Arts in music education from the University of Oregon and a Master of Arts in music education from Western Oregon University. Before coming to OSU, Christensen taught high school choral music in Oregon for 30 years. Choirs under his direction have been selected to perform at national, regional, and state conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association for Music Education. During Christensen's 16-year tenure at Sprague High School in Salem Oregon, the school's Concert Choir placed at the ACDA/OSAA State Choir Competition every year including winning nine championships. In 2000, the Sprague music department was chosen as the National Grammy Signature School by the GRAMMY foundation.
Christensen was named Oregon Music Educator of the Year for 2007 by the Oregon Music Educators Association. In 2004, The Oregon Symphony Association in Salem recognized him as Music Educator of the Year. He is also the first recipient of the Western Oregon University Alumni Excellence Award in Music. Russ is a frequent choral adjudicator and clinician in the state and is an active member of the Oregon Music Education Association and Intercollegiate Men's Chorus Association.
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