Carlton T. Russell

Professor of Music and College Organist, Emeritus






(207) 567-3119


Having retired from the Wheaton music faculty in 2004 after 41 years of teaching, and from my position as College Organist in 2005, I have been blessed here in Mid-Coast Maine with opportunities to remain active in areas I find meaningful and fulfilling: keyboard playing, choir directing and church music, choral composition, and a modest amount of committee work that supports those areas.  Being a person of traditional religious faith, I thank God for so long and so exciting a life – one that has flowed appropriately through and beyond my liberal arts education, and has allowed me to pursue the wide variety of interests (linguistic, interpersonal, musical, theological, and poetic) which characterize me as a person.

Main Interests

Organ and choral music

Member, Blue Hill Bach Chorus (Blue Hill, Maine), 2011 –  http://www.BlueHillBach.org/

Dean, Bangor [Maine] Chapter of the American Guild of Organists,  July 2009 – 2013

Instructor, Organ Education Program, Greater Bay Area Ministerium [Belfast, Maine],  May 2009 – November 2014

Member, Board of Directors, St. John’s Organ Society (Bangor, Maine) http://www.hookopus288.org/

Church music

Minister of Music (with Lorna Brookes Russell, Wheaton Class of 1964), St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church, Blue Hill, Maine, http://www.stfrancisbluehill.org/ October 2006 –

Interim Minister of Music, St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, Camden, Maine, July 2005 – October 2006

Co-minister of Music (with Lorna Brookes Russell), Trinity Episcopal Church, Wrentham, Massachusetts, January 1972 – June 2005

Other Interests

Choral conducting and composition

Directing choirs (See above church positions.)

Writing music for choirs and congregations (See Publications below.)

Liturgy and preaching

Supply priest, St. Francis Episcopal Church, Blue Hill, Maine, 1985 –

Priest Associate, Trinity Episcopal Church, Wrentham, Mass., 1985 – 2005


B.A., Amherst College (magna cum laude, major in music), 1960
M.F.A., Princeton University (musicology), 1962
Choirmaster (Ch.M.) certificate, American Guild of Organists, 1962
Ph.D., Princeton University (musicology), 1966
M.A.T.S., Episcopal Divinity School, 1983
Ordained in Episcopal Church: deacon, June 1984; priest, May 1985



Many published compositions, articles, and reviews (on church music, the organ, criticism, etc.), including:

“Buying an Organ” (a pamphlet co-authored with the late John Ogasapian, and available from the American Guild of Organists for $4.00)

An explanatory preface to a reprint of the original Enoch edition of Franck’s L’Organiste; this harmonium collection was first reprinted by Kalmus, and is now available (with preface) from Alfred Music Publishing.

Articles of Particular Importance to Me

Musical Treasure in Earthen Vessels.  The American Organist, June 2013

Church Music as Pastoral Care.  The American Organist, Dec 1987

Church Music as a Christian Vocation.  Church Music, Oct 1978

Toward a Basis for Criticism of Music.  Music: The AGO/RCCO Magazine, November 1970

Creative Works

Music in print or online

A Trilogy of Prayer (SATB a cappella; Paraclete Press, 2017) http://www.paracletepress.com/

Seven Collects of Archbishop Cranmer: God of all mercye (2016); Kyng of Glory and Exaltation (2016); Light and Lyfe Immortal (2015); Serving in Purenesse and Trueth (2015); Renued by Thy Holy Spirite (2015); His Moste Holy Lyfe (2015); The Gyft of Charitie (2014) (2-part mixed choir with organ; St. James Music Press) http://www.sjmp.com/

Send out your light (SATB a cappella; St. James Music Press, 2016) http://www.sjmp.com/

The Choir Invisible (SATB a cappella; St. James Music Press, 2015) http://www.sjmp.com/

O Lord, support us all the day long (SATB with organ; St. James Music Press, 2013) http://www.sjmp.com/

I cannot dance, O Love (SATB with keyboard; St. James Music Press, 2013)  http://www.sjmp.com/

Love is but my answer (SATB with keyboard; St. James Music Press, 2013) http://www.sjmp.com/

Easter Monday (SATB  a cappella; Paraclete Press, 2010)  http://www.paracletepress.com/

The Wheaton Anthem (1984/89)


Organ recitals

St. John’s RC Church, Bangor, Maine: Summer Organ Series, 1993 – 2011 http://www.hookopus288.org/

St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, Camden, Maine: Lenten Series, 2007- 2009

St. Saviour’s Episcopal Parish, Bar Harbor, Maine: Summer Series, 2007, 2009

Numerous recitals on historic pipe organs in Penobscot Region of Main (Bucksport, Searsport, Stockton Springs, Belfast, Bangor), 1966 – 2011

Demonstration recital (with Lorna Brookes Russell) on the 1847 E. and G.G. Hook organ in Stockton Springs, Maine (part of a 6-instrument historical organ tour, “A Hook Holiday”), October 6, 2010,www.hookopus288.org/holiday/pdf/HookHolidayArtists-web.pdf

Reviewed by Barbara Owen in The Tracker, Vol. 55, No. 2, Spring 2011, pp. 26-27 http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_7179/is_201104/ai_n57427583/

Faculty recitals in Cole Memorial Chapel of Wheaton College, Norton, Mass., annually for many years, 1964 – 2004; on the Casavant tracker organ from 1969

Fall recitals at Wheaton College, 2009 – 2011


Harpsichordist/organist with The Somerset Consort (Diana Brookes Brown, flute, Lorna Brookes Russell, viola da gamba), 2008 –

St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, Camden, Maine: Lenten Series, The Somerset Consort, 2010 – 2013

Flute and organ concerts with Diana Brookes Brown, flutist, 1999 – 2008 (with occasional playing of recordings by Barry Darling on Maine Public Radio)

Harpsichordist with The Wheaton Consort (Ed Merck, recorders, Janet Haas, viole da gamba, and Joanne Mouradjian, soprano); performances on and off campus, 1992 – 2004


Selected Publications, Creative Work, or Performances


With Grateful Gladness (Wheaton College CD, 1999; solo organ, recorded by Barry Darling on 3M, 39S Casavant tracker organ)  https://wheatoncollege.edu/college-history/1990s/hymn-anthem/

We Lift Our Voices (Wheaton College CD, 2004; CTR plays on two tracks.) 

Tracks from With Grateful Gladness later heard on National Public Radio: “Pipedreams”: “She’s Done It”, 23 July 2007 (two pieces by Florence Price); “With Heart and Voice”, 26 April 2009 (“Benediction” by Peter Pindar Stearns, parent of Gloria Stearns, Wheaton Class of 1983)

Summer Organ Concerts (St. John’s RC, Bangor, Maine, 1997: one of six organists on the CD)