Tadd Russo

Adjunct Professor of Music Technology
Office Location: 
Murphy Fine Arts Center Rm. 303

Tadd Russo (b. 1976) Currently serves as a staff arranger with the Air Force Band in Washington, DC and teaches music technology at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. Russo completed his Masters degree in composition from The Ohio State University where his principal instructor was Thomas Wells. In 2000, he served as The OSU School of Music Composer-in-Residence, composing for the OSU Symphony Orchestra. Tadd has worked extensively in theatre and dance, creating scores for plays and for dance productions. He has composed music for the OSU Department of Theatre and Department of Dance, Berea Summer Theater, Grandparents Living Theatre, and Columbus Children's Theatre. His music has been performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the NOW new music festival (Capital University) at the OCEAn festival (Oberlin Conservatory), the Electrolune Festival (Lunel, France), the Contemporary Music Festival (The Ohio State University), and the Society of Composers National Convention (San Antonio, Texas), and by the Dallas Wind Symphony (Dallas, Texas). As an arranger, he has worked with Ben Vereen, Ronan Tynan, the San Juan Children's chorus, and Kool and the Gang, among others.

As a member of the Tryad Writers Group, Russo has composed and arranged music for the original musicals I Was Young, Now I'm Wonderful and I've Almost Got the Hang of It and co-created The Druid Tree which premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland 2000.

Tadd has been commissioned to create works ranging from electro-acoustic to orchestral, including chamber music and music for solo instruments. He has also composed works for solo voice, children's choir and SATB choir. Several of his compositions for voice incorporate the writings of American author Edgar Allan Poe. He currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife Erica.