Eastern Michigan University

College of Arts and Sciences

Music & Dance

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Dr. Brandon Johnson

Director of Choral Activities

Dr. Brandon Johnson 107 Alexander Building




D.M.A.   Choral Conducting           University of Arizona

M.M.      Choral Conducting           University of Arizona

B.M.       Music Education              Concordia College, Moorhead, MN

Additional Study

Music Education                            Westminster Choir College - Rider University

Orchestral Conducting                   Eastman School of Music

Oregon Bach Festival                    University of Oregon 

Courses Taught

EMU Choir
EMU Men's Choir
Choral Methods
Choral Conducting


Brandon Johnson, DMA is the Director of Choral Activities at Eastern Michigan University and the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Detroit Performing Artists.  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 stage of renowned Carnegie Hall in 2018.  

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.

​Choirs under his direction have been invited to perform, and he has been selected to present for 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 American Choral Directors Association National Conducting Competition. Respected by his colleagues at Houghton College, he was humbled to accept the Excellence in Teaching Award, and was the recipient of the first fully endowed chair of the college, the Horne-Blanchard. 

​In service to the profession, Johnson has served the American Choral Directors Association in many capacities, including College and University Representative, Male Choir Representative, Youth and Student Activities Representative, and State President.  He works tirelessly as a guest conductor, lecturer and clinician for singers of all ages and is honored have been selected to conduct the upcoming 2018 Michigan State Mixed Honors Choir. 


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