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 several 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 on bass trombone with the North Carolina Symphony and performs for Carolina Opera and Carolina Ballet orchestras and other orchestras around the state of NC. Over his long career as a bass trombonist, he has been a guest musician with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, D.C., the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the Kennedy Center Orchestra in Washington, D.C.
Russell is the full-time Minister of Music at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Cary, NC where he conducts all the church’s ensembles. He is also Artistic Director of the Oak City Voices, a community women’s chorus, and is Director of Music for the Raleigh Convocation Choir, a choir that specializes in presenting Choral Evensong at churches around the Diocese of North Carolina.

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