Associate Professor of Vocal Music and Conducting; Director of Choral Activities
- M.Mus., D.M.A., University of Arizona (2001, 2003)
- B.Mus., Concordia College (1996)
Brandon P. Johnson is the Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Conducting and Voice at the Greatbatch School of Music, Houghton College. He heads the Houghton College choral program, and administers the masters of music degree in choral conducting and is the recipient of the Houghton College Award for Teaching Excellence.
He has conducted the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus. Johnson studied conducting with German conductor Helmuth Rilling and was selected to conduct the Grammy winning Oregon Bach Festival Chorus and Orchestra. Most recently he conducted the Southern Tier Orchestra, a professional orchestra based in western New York.
Johnson is the artistic director of the professional vocal ensemble Vox Lumine. Based out of Rochester and Buffalo NY the group engages audiences in transformative musical experiences through world-class choral performances and recordings. The group is dedicated to the development of tomorrow’s musicians and the commissioning of new vocal music.
Johnson has presented conducting master-classes and interest sessions at MENC and ACDA conferences. Choirs under his direction have been invited to sing for multiple American Choral Director Association (ACDA) and the National Association of Music Education (MENC) conferences, most recently the 2010 NY State ACDA Fall Conference and the 2009 MENC Eastern Division Conference. Johnson currently serves as the New York State ACDA president.
Johnson is in high demand as a guest conductor and has been invited to conduct choral festivals at home and in abroad. In addition to working with students from across the United States he has worked with singers from Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Romania, Russia, Spain, and the Ukraine.
Johnson lives in Houghton with his wife Danielle, daughter Marit, and twin sons Luke and Quin.