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GivensRussell Givens is a native of northeast Louisiana where he is both a church musician and a music educator in the Monroe/West Monroe area. Russ is a Graduate of Louisiana College, Pineville with a Bachelor of Music  and also holds a Master of Music +30 Degree from ULM, Monroe.  Russ is returning to ULM as Adjunct Professor of Voice having served on the faculty in the same position some 20 years earlier.

Russ has performed in opera theatre and musicals as well as directed and produced.
Russ’ singing roles include, Oklahoma (Curly), La Traviata (Gastone), Pirates of Penzenance (Frederick), Amahl and the Night Visitors (King Kaspar), The Mikado (Pish-Tush), Jekyll and Hyde (Utterson), Hansel and Gretel (Peter) and recently at Monroe’s Little Theater production of Cats as (Old Deuteronomy). Russ is a sought after soloist for tenor roles in the community and across the state. He has been a featured tenor soloist with the Monroe Symphony Chorus, (formerly Masterworks Chorus) since its beginnings in 1984. He sings annually with the Eldorado Chorale and has performed with the Shreveport Opera society.

Russ has served as the Chairperson for Sacred Choral Music for the Louisiana American Choral Directors Association. He has also served as the Editor for the Louisiana American Choral Directors State Choral Journal overseeing the publication of 4 magazines a year. Russ served as the past Webmaster/Web designer of the Louisiana American Choral Directors web site.  He also served as the Women’s Choir coordinator for the Louisiana American Choral Directors Association.

Russ presently serves as Music Minister of First Baptist Church in Jonesboro. Russ also serves as Director of Music of the Family Community Christian School of Winnsboro, where he teaches general music, elementary, middle school and high school choir and Fine Arts. Russ maintains an active private voice and instrumental studio in West Monroe. Russ is married to Pam Givens of West Monroe, also a choral and instrumental teacher; they have two children.