Conductor & Composer
From the listeners...
Words can barely express how moved I was during your performance. The harmonies were exquisite; the pitches were flawless, and the dynamics were so well-executed that it brought me to tears. But beyond all the mechanics there was something deeper, which left me with the feeling that I had experienced something extremely personal."
"Brandon Johnson will be sought after for his abilities. He understands how to make music work to create real musical understanding."
"Words cannot adequately express how much we enjoyed the concert... My 86 year old mother (a graduate of Julliard) was in attendance. She was speechless with joy only a musician can experience. Those with the good fortune of attending Carnegie Hall that afternoon experienced music at its best and most powerful... Thank you."
"After the concert, a couple of my students were in tears because they were just overwhelmed by the whole experience (good tears). And yesterday, my students were saying 'We want to go back..."
Brandon Johnson, DMA is the director of choral activities at Eastern Michigan University and the artistic director and conductor of the Detroit Concert Choir. He has conducted professional musicians across the United States while maintaining his extensive work with students of all ages. He has performed in venues across the country including Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center and will return to the stage of the renowned Carnegie Hall in 2018 and 2019.
Respected by his faculty colleagues he has been awarded multiple teaching and artistic awards. At Eastern Michigan University he was selected to receive the Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Creative Activity Award, the highest honor the University presents to an individual faculty member. At Houghton College he accepted both the Excellence in Teaching Award, and was the inaugural recipient of the first fully endowed chair at Houghton College, the Horne-Blanchard.
Choirs under his direction have been invited to perform for state and regional American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and the National Association for Music Education (NAFME) conferences. As a conducting pedagogue his students have been invited to participate in the ACDA National Conducting Competition.
He has studied with German conductor Helmuth Rilling and was selected to conduct the Grammy winning Oregon Bach Festival Chorus and Orchestra. In recent years, he has received invitations to conduct the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus, Buffalo Choral Artists, Continuo Arts Orchestra, Michigan Sinfonietta, Rochester Oratorio Society, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony, Cordancia and The Southern Tier Symphony. In addition to working with musicians from across the United States, he has conducted singers from Austria, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Spain and the Ukraine.
In service to the profession, Johnson has served the American Choral Directors Association in many capacities, including as New York State president. In addition he serves the Michigan State Vocal Music Association as the High School Required Repertoire chair. He has lead honor choirs and held master-classes abroad (Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy) and at home (Alabama, Iowa, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania). He works tirelessly as a guest conductor, lecturer and clinician for singers of all ages.