Professor Emeritus John Russell taught at Cal Poly from 1968-05. He taught composition, theory and piano. His original works are published by Associated Music, G. Schirmer, and E. B. Marks, N.Y.; The Gregorian Institute of America, Chicago; and Walton Music, Ltd, London. He studied piano with Adolph Baller. He founded the Mozart Festival Singers in 1971 and conducted the group until 1980. He served as chair of the Music Department 1996-99, and chaired numerous committees. He received Cal Poly's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1996.