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Craig H. Russell

Professor, Music Appreciation, Music History

Craig H. Russell

Davidson Music Center Room 121 | 805-756-1547 |

Craig Russell received his bachelor's and master's degrees in guitar and lute performance at the University of New Mexico under the guidance of Hector A. Garcia. After completing his Ph.D. in historical musicology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1982, he obtained a position at Cal Poly where he is presently a professor of music. He was one of two recipients in 1994-95 who were chosen from the 22 California State University campuses to receive the California State University Trustees' Outstanding Professor Award-CSU's highest honor. He was the sole professor selected as the 1994-95 recipient of the Outstanding Professor Award at Cal Poly. He speaks often at musicological conferences and conventions in North America, Mexico, and Spain and has published over forty articles on eighteenth-century Hispanic studies, Mexican Cathedral music, the California Missions, baroque guitar music, and American popular culture.

His large two-volume book, Santiago de Murcia's "Codice Saldivar No.4": A Treasury of Secular Guitar Music From Baroque Mexico was published in the summer of 1995 by the University of Illinois Press, and his latest book "From Serra to Sancho: Music and Pageantry in the California Missions" was released in summer 2009 by Oxford University Press. He has received major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Commission, Spain's Ministry of Culture, the Program for Cultural Cooperation, the California Council for the Humanities, and the Edmund Cabot Memorial Fund.

Dr. Russell's Concierto Romantico for guitar and orchestra was premiered in February, 1992, and a compact disk of the work has received enthusiastic reviews in Soundboard, New Times, the Eugene Register Guard, the LA Times, and the American Record Guide and has been performed everywhere from the Krakow Festival to the Oregon Bach Festival. His compositional activities embrace several different areas: he has composed two musical comedies (Zapatera! and It's a Man's World-Or Is It?), two symphonies, a piano concerto, a bass concerto, numerous chamber pieces and several solo guitar works.