Russell Myers has been the co-founder and co-owner of Columbus Music Academy since 2000 and has more than 30 years experience teaching and performing music. Russell has performed nationally as a soloist as well as with major artists and performs in the Central Ohio area on a regular basis. Although Russell studied with several accomplished musicians/teachers as a young student, he received much of his formal classical training and harmony studies with pianist/organist Richard Sundin from Illinois State College as well as jazz harmony, composition and improvisation with Dave Wheeler from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Russell is an accomplished classical guitarist, jazz guitarist and jazz bassist. Russell has participated in master classes with such noted guitarists as Christopher Parkening and Jason Vieaux.
His history as a performer includes numerous gigs in the Columbus and Central Ohio Area (too many to list), a two-year tour of the U.S. with the Center Stage Jazz Trio, accompanist/performer for the Weathervane Playhouse Theater Orchestra, Newark Ohio, accompanist for ballet and modern dance classes at Denison University, Granville Ohio, accompanist/performer for the Granville Players Theater, Granville Ohio, has performed with the famous Ink Spots and was fortunate enough to have the opportunity perform with the late great Lou Rawls. In addition, Russell performs as a freelance studio musician and is well versed in classical, jazz, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, rock, funk, country as well as other multi-cultural and popular music styles. He was also an Open Labs Artist and Software Beta Tester for their open platform keyboard workstations and is an Aria classical guitar artist. He has performed at Universal Studios (Orlando Florida) as well as composed and arranged choral and string music for the soon to be released movie “Haze” and has composed, arranged and performed music for TV.
Currently, Russell performs in the central Ohio area and arranges and composes music for local and national groups, schools, TV and movies. In addition, he presents clinics and concerts in schools throughout Ohio and is a faculty music instructor at the Columbus Music Workshop (formerly Columbus Music Academy).
Many of Russell’s students have gone on to pursue music degrees at Manhattan School of Music, Berklee College of Music, Capital University, OSU, Wheaton, University of Chicago, Pittsburgh School of Performing Arts, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and Belmont University in Nashville, TN.