The Center for Urban Biblical Ministry presents

History of Gospel Workshop

Friday and Saturday, April 10 & 11, 2015

Workshop Cost:  $10
Location: Eastminster Presbyterian Church
250 N. Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Workshop Schedules

6:30 - 7:30 PM

Soloist Workshop
7:30 - 9:30 am

Choir Workshop
10 - 11 am

Musicians Workshop
11 am - 1 pm

Choir Workshop

George W. Russell, Jr.

History of Gospel Concert

Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 6 pm

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George Russell Talks About Program >>

Tickets: $15

George W. Russell, Jr.

Professor of Harmony and Piano
Boston's Berklee College of Music
Workshop Instructor
Pittsburgh Native

For more information, to register for a workshop, or to order tickets, please contact the CUBM offices at 412-247-9010 or Helen Jackson at 412-452-2570.

Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the concert.


"I make a point of developing a relationship with each and every student in my classes. I learn everybody's names the first day. After that, there's not a class that goes by where I am not talking to every student, whether it's 'Hello, how are you?' or talking about class material."

"I mix in a little humor, I share a bit about myself and what I'm going through. I try to make it very personal. Then students can open up to receive the harmony package I'm trying to sell them. It's not the easiest subject to buy. It's all analysis. I try to teach it in a way that is compelling, so that students understand the application of it in their own performance."

"Music is harmony and melody. It's like a vocabulary. Without a vocabulary, it's difficult to speak. You can do it, but it sounds like you don't know what you're saying. As a player myself, knowing harmonic theory gives me a lot of security. I know two plus two equals four. I don't have to guess."

"In addition to harmony classes, I teach a gospel/jazz instrumental ensemble, in which we play a lot of my original music. I also teach an instrumental ensemble in mixed styles, where we deal mainly with improvising on the harmonic changes."

"I love sharing the information that I have with others. It is really inspiring to just be around the students, faculty, and staff, and to be a part of their development as musicians."


B.S., Duquesne University
M.M., New England Conservatory of Music

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