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Brandon Johnson

Associate Professor of Vocal Music and Conducting; Director of Choral Activities

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  • M.Mus., D.M.A., University of Arizona (2001, 2003)
  • B.Mus., Concordia College (1996)

Brandon Johnson is the Horne-Blanchard associate professor of music and serves as the director of Choral Activities at the Greatbatch School of Music, Houghton College. In addition, he is the Founder and Artistic Director of the emerging professional vocal ensemble Vox Lumine. 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 make his conducting debut at the renowned Carnegie Hall this March with the National Sacred Honor Choir.  
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, Rochester Oratorio Society, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony and The Southern Tier Symphony. In addition to working with musicians in the United States, he has conducted singers from Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Romania, Russia, Spain, and the Ukraine in a European Festival Choir and will return in the fall of 2014 as guest conductor and keynote speaker for a music conference in Hong Kong, China. 

Choirs under his direction have been invited to perform, and he has been selected to present 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 ACDA National Conducting Competition in both the undergraduate and graduate divisions. Respected by his colleagues at Houghton College, he was humbled to accept the Excellence in Teaching Award, the highest honor bestowed on a faculty member.  

In service to the profession, Johnson has served the New York State chapter of ACDA in many capacities, most recently as president.  He works tirelessly as a guest conductor, lecturer and clinician for singers of all ages and seeks raise the level of choral music across America.