The American Prize National Nonprofit Competition in the Performing Arts has recently named seven semi-finalists for the Conductors - Musical Theater division. Among the list of accomplished conductors is Sunderman Conservatory of Music Associate Professor and Director of Bands Russell McCutcheon. He has been recognized for his conducting of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, performed by Gettysburg College students in the fall of 2018.
Founded in 2009, The American Prize is a series of nonprofit national competitions in the performing arts providing monetary awards, professional adjudication, and regional, national and international recognition for the best recorded performances by ensembles and individuals each year in the United States at the professional, college and university, church, community, and secondary school levels.
At Gettysburg College, McCutcheon conducts the Wind Symphony and Sunderman Chamber Winds in addition to teaching conducting and music education and supervising student teachers in the field. He has been the featured conductor for many county and district honor bands, and he adjudicates band festivals in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, Florida, Mexico, and the Bahamas.
McCutcheon is a member of several national and international music academies. Most notably, he serves as a voting member of The Recording Academy, an organization responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education, and human services programs, and internationally known for the Grammy Awards.
Outside of music, Dr. McCutcheon is active in the Gettysburg community as a volunteer with the Gettysburg Fire Department, where he serves as a firefighter, EMT, and the department’s Public Information Officer.
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