Stephanie Rhodes Russell is the newly appointed Associate Conductor of the Grand Teton Music Festival, this summer she leads the orchestra in their Family Concert and performs as both conductor and pianist in the Chamber Music Concert Series. She is the recipient of a 2019 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, designed to aid outstanding young conductors in developing their talents and careers.
Ms. Rhodes Russell makes her European conducting debut in Fall 2019 with Staatsoper Stuttgart’s Junge Oper im Nord and returns to the Dallas Opera to serve as Cover Conductor for Rossini’s Barber of Seville. She recently conducted Handel’s Alcina for the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, following an engagement with Washington National Opera’s forum for new works, the American Opera Initiative.
In 2015 she was selected to participate in the inaugural Hart Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera and subsequently joined the Miami Summer Music Festival to conduct performances of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. As a Fulbright award recipient, Ms. Rhodes Russell spent the 2012/13 season in Moscow specializing in Russian repertoire and pronunciation for non-native singers while working as a guest coach at the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia. She was commissioned by The Dallas Opera to transliterate Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and teaches workshops on Russian diction for singers at young artist programs and universities across the United States.
Stephanie is a renowned opera collaborator and has served on the music staff of the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, The Dallas Opera, Houston Grand Opera, LA Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Washington National Opera, amongst others. Her extensive operatic experience extends beyond conducting and she brings a comprehensive understanding of the roles of assistant conductor, prompter, chorusmaster, rehearsal pianist, and diction coach to her work.
As founder and Board Chair of the non-profit Women’s Artistic Leadership Initiative (Women’s ALI), she is dedicated to the education and empowerment of young female artists, training them to become future community leaders by equipping them with both leadership skills and business acumen. An alum of the Houston Grand Opera Studio and San Francisco’s Merola Opera program, she holds degrees in Collaborative Piano and Piano Performance and completed a doctorate in Orchestral Conducting.