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Russ Pedersen

Program Assistant

Orchestra Manager

Music Librarian

Russ Pedersen received his undergraduate degree from Duquesne University and his masters degree from Carnegie Mellon University. Both a musician and educator, Russ has performed around the country and in Scotland and Canada with such ensembles as the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, the River City Brass Band, the Westmoreland Symphony, the Washington Symphony, the Edgewood Symphony, the McKeesport Symphony, the Big Easy Jazz Band and the Unity Brass Quintet.


Russ has been involved in music education since 1982. Russ’s experience as a music educator includes several years in the Pittsburgh City Schools beginning in 1987. He began work in the Carlynton School District in 1996 as the High School Marching Band and Concert Band Director where he built the program from an ensemble of 35 to over 100. He also taught elementary band, choir, general music and served as music department head until his retirement in December of 2020.


Russ also worked with the Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra as the Prelude Band conductor, brass coordinator for all ensembles and as the music librarian.


His most influential teachers include Matty Shiner, Sumner Erickson, Edward Kleinhammer, James Gourlay, and Arnold Jacobs. Russ makes his home in the South Hills of Pittsburgh with his wife Diane and his two sons Luke and Liam. More information and references are available upon request.

Recent conducting videos:
African Ceremony Song and Ritual by Robert W. Smith (grades 5-12)

Trail of Tears by James Barnes (grades 5-8)

Four Brothers by Jimmy Giuffre (grades 9-12)


Recent Virtual Performances:

Overture from The Nutcracker Suite

Sonatine – Mvt III Allegro Vivo by Bozza

Christmas Time is Here by Vince Guaraldi arr. Mike Tomaro

Linus and Lucy arr. Roger Holmes

The Empire Strikes Back arr. John C. Whitney

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