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Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands

Academic Areas: 
Conducting, Instrumental Music Education

D.M.A. in Conducting, University of Oklahoma
M.M. in Euphonium Performance, University of Arkansas
B.M. in Music Education, George Mason University

Phone: (940) 898-2515

Dr. Russell Pettitt is Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas.  Dr. Pettitt conducts the TWU Wind Symphony, teaches conducting courses and supervises instrumental music education.  Pettitt's previous positions include serving on the music faculty at the University of Arkansas, as Director of Bands at Lakeland College (Wisconsin), and as an elementary, middle, and high school band director with school districts in Virginia and Texas.

Originally from Whitesboro, Texas, Pettitt holds the Bachelor of Music Education degree from George Mason University, Master of Music degree in Euphonium Performance from the University of Arkansas, and Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from the University of Oklahoma.  Conducting teachers include Anthony J. Maiello, W. Dale Warren, Jeffrey D. Gershman, and William K. Wakefield; and his principal euphonium teacher was Roger Behrend.

Dr. Pettitt's performance background includes success as a euphonium soloist and wind conductor.  He was named as finalist for euphonium positions with premier US military bands and has been selected to perform in the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium Competition three times.  In addition to regularly appearing as a guest conductor and clinician, Pettitt serves as a consultant in the areas of instrumental pedagogy and instrumental program development.

Professional affiliations include: College Band Directors National Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Pi Kappa Lambda.  Pettitt is also a proponent of new music for winds and percussion, evidenced by regular participation in national commissioning projects and his research on the music of composer Carter Pann.

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