MICHELLE DI RUSSO is currently Assistant Conductor of the Phoenix Youth Symphony and a doctoral candidate in Orchestral Conducting at Arizona State University where she serves as Assistant Conductor for the ASU Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia, and Lyric Opera Theatre and studies with Jeffery Meyer. She has recently served as cover conductor for Tito Muñoz with The Phoenix Symphony and Symphony Silicon Valley as well as cover conductor for Arizona Music Fest 2018 and 2019.
Michelle also serves as assistant conductor for Phoenix Brass Collective and was the assistant for Prague Summer Nights Festival in productions of Le Nozze di Figaro and Die Zauberflöte in the Czech Republic in 2015 and 2018. Additionally in 2018, she collaborated as a guest conductor with the non-profit organization Música para el Alma in Argentina. She has participated twice in the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music with Cristian Măcelaru and Marin Alsop and has attended conducting workshops with Paul Nadler and Donald Schleicher. This past summer she was a fellow in the Cortona Sessions for New Music, the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” and in the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music supported by the Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation Conducting Scholarships. She was invited as a guest conductor to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the University of Kentucky and was back in September 2019 for their “On Parade” Concert.
Michelle holds a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Kentucky and a degree in Orchestral Conducting and Music Production of Audiovisual Media from the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina.
Her background is in voice and dance. During her years as a student she was a cast member of a professional musical theatre production called "Dracula" by Cibrian - Mahler, where she learned the insights and the ways of a working theatre. She started her studies in ballet at the age of three and singing lessons at the age of sixteen. Being in contact with music made her interested in gaining more knowledge about it and so she started learning piano and singing at the "La Matanza Polyphonic Choir".
Michelle Di Russo was born in Argentina, Buenos Aires.