The Choirs at Stewarts Creek High School are an integral part of making the SCHS Fine Arts program the finest in the Southeast! Comprised of the Stewarts Creek Chorale (advanced mixed ensemble), Anthena Treble and Bel Canto (honor's women's chorale), Giovani Voci (freshmen women's chorus), and Meistersingers (men's chorus), the choirs perform five yearly concerts, at adjudicated events, in the school and community, and co-produce two yearly musicals with the RedHawk Theater. Choirs will perform music of all styles and time periods, from classical to musical theater classics.
The high school choirs are joined late in the Spring Semester by the Stewarts Creek Choral Union, a community ensemble of adults who enjoy singing major works with orchestra alongside the Stewarts Creek Choirs.
Choir students have the opportunity to participate in many special opportunities, such as the Freshmen Honor Choir and Mid-State Honor Choir, the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts, the ACDA National Honor Choir, and the Tennessee All-State Choir.
Most importantly, the Stewarts Creek Choirs enjoy a tradition of excellence, working toward developing individual student success and ensemble excellence!
Dr. Brian T. Russell, director
Brian Russell is the choral director at Stewarts Creek High School, where his responsibilities include teaching five choirs and is Fine Arts Department Chair.
A native of Nashville, Dr. Russell holds his Bachelor of Music degree from Middle Tennessee State University where he studied trombone, piano, violin, and voice. His concentration quickly moved to conducting, which led him to receive his Masters and Doctorate degrees in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. While at Eastman, he won the coveted Walter Hagan Conducting Prize and the Julius Herford Prize, awarded for outstanding research in his dissertation on the music of G. P. Telemann.
Before returning to Murfreesboro in 2012, Dr. Russell was Assistant Professor of Music at Illinois Wesleyan University (Bloomington) and Hobart and William Smith Colleges (Geneva, NY), where he conducted vocal and instrumental ensembles, taught conducting and courses in secondary instrumental and vocal methods. He has also taught middle and high school instrumental and vocal music at five different schools and Rutherford and Sumner counties.
Dr. Russell is the Executive Music Director of Murfreesboro’s Ethos Youth Ensembles, where he conducts the Ethos Philharmonic Orchestra and Wind Symphony and oversees a comprehensive youth ensemble program including four orchestras, a jazz ensemble, and a children’s choir. Dr. Russell is also Director of Music at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Franklin and is High School Repertoire and Resources Chair for the Tennessee Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.
Dr. Russell lives in Murfreesboro with his wife, Patience, and three children, Cadence, Chase, and Constance.
B.M., Music Education, Middle Tennessee State University
M.M., Conducting, Eastman School of Music
D.M.A., Conducting, Eastman School of Music
Soprano Stephanie Jones is currently a voice teacher in the community as well as an adjunct professor at the School of Music, Middle Tennessee State University. Her students have been accepted to The Governor’s School of the Arts, Mid-State and All State honor choirs, and University Music and Theatre programs. Stephanie’s students can be seen at Dollywood, featured on “Today in Nashville”, and heard on live radio.
B.A. Voice Performance, University of West Florida
M.A.T. Choral/General Music Education, Indiana University
Tenor Derek Meler is an accomplished singer and voice teacher who resides in Nashville. Derek grew up singing gospel music and eventually began performing musical theater and opera. He has performed with Nashville Opera, Nashville Symphony, Tennessee Chamber Chorus, Seagle Music Colony and numerous other ensembles. He has performed in three world premier operas and numerous choral and solo composition premiers. Derek loves teaching and sharing his knowledge of music and performance with others. He is excited to be teaching voice at Stewarts Creek High School and helping students realize their potential.
B.M. Vocal Performance, Middle Tennessee State University