Russell McKinney is the former bass trombonist of the Utah Symphony Orchestra, a position he held from 1989- 2011. During that period he was active as freelance musician in Utah including work in TV, movies, and jazz and taught at a number of Utah colleges and universities. In 2011 he left the Utah Symphony to return to his home state of North Carolina to work in church music. Currently, he substitutes regularly on bass trombone with the North Carolina Symphony and performs for Carolina Opera and Carolina Ballet. Rusty performs frequently in the Pro Cantores Orchestra at Duke University in Durham, NC and can be heard on their 2013 release of a live recording of Brahms Ein Deutches Requiem recorded at Duke Chapel. Rusty remains active as a lecturer and guest clinician having recently given master classes at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

He now is the Minister of Music at St. Paul's Church and performs with the North Carolina Opera and occasionally with the North Carolina Symphony.

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