Alan O. Johnson

Title/Position: Associate Professor, Vocal Performance and Program Director, Frost Opera Theater

Profile:

 
What would you say are the outstanding highlights of your professional life?

1. Conducting the New York premieres of two full length operatic works in the same week: Black Water by composer John Duffy with author/librettist Joyce Carol Oates at Cooper Union and The Three Willies by composer/jazz violinist Leroy Jenkins at the Kitchen Center for Video, Dance, and Performance.

2. Working as Music Director, Conductor, and Pianist in premiere opera, theater, and dance works in association with the following artists: composers Philip Glass, Anthony Davis, Adam Guettel, David Lang, Michael John LaChiusa, Polly Pen, Michael Torke; opera singers John Duykers, Janice Felty, Dennis Peterson, Eugene Perry, Herbert Perry, and Florence Quivar; poets Allen Ginsberg and Leonard Cohen, Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing; writer and librettists David Henry Hwang and Arnold Weinstein; opera and theater directors Joanne Akalaitis, Christoher Alden, and Francesca Zambello; actors Don Cheadle, Joan Cusack, Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren, and David Strathairn; visual artist Red Grooms; choreographers Molissa Fenley, David Gordon, and Doug Varone

3. Winning an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Music Direction as well as Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award for Music Direction for The Sound of a Voice by Philip Glass and David Henry Hwang

Why should a potential student choose the University of Miami?

Outstanding faculty guidance and degree programs relevant to tomorrow’s musician.

Describe the perfect performance, either as a listener or as a participant.

Sudden and unexpected enlightenment occurs.

Career Highlights:
Alan Johnson has led numerous opera, music theater, concert, and dance works by today’s most innovative composers, including

Nicholas Brooke
Mary Ellen Childs
Douglas Cuomo
Tina Davidson
Anthony Davis
Jonathan Dove
John Duffy
Michael Gordon
Allan Jaffe
Leroy Jenkins
Michael John LaChiusa
David Lang
John Moran
Polly Pen
Michael Torke

His work has garnered awards such as

Bessie
Drama Desk
Jefferson
Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Music Direction
Joseph Jefferson Award for Outstanding Music Direction of The Sound of a Voice, two one-act operas by Philip Glass and David Henry Hwang

His long association with Philip Glass has included music direction for the premieres of

The Sound of a Voice
In the Penal Colony
Mysteries and what’s so Funny
Henry the IV, Parts 1 and 2
Cymbeline

Johnson has also prepared premiere casts in operas by Glass including

Book of Longing
The Making of the Representative for Planet 8
Hydrogen Jukebox
Orphée
La Belle et La Bête

He has led dance performances with music by Glass for Molissa Fenley and David Gordon’s Pick-Up Performance Company.

Performances at venues across the United States include the

American Repertory Theater
Brooklyn Academy of Music
City Center – New York
Lincoln Center
New York Shakespeare Festival
Opera Delaware
A Contemporary Theater—Seattle
Court Theater—University of Chicago
Long Wharf Theater
McCarter Theater
Spoleto Festival USA and Italy
Pittsburgh Opera Theater
Active in New York City since 1986 as a vocal coach and pianist, Alan has prepared and collaborated with singers holding national and international engagements. As a soloist and collaborative pianist, he has performed at venues including

Alice Tully Hall
The Walker Art Center
The Kitchen
Diverseworks
Dia Center for the Arts
Jacob’s Pillow
Joyce Theater

Prof. Johnson has also taught at

John Duffy Composers Institute at the Virginia Arts Festival
New Jersey City University
Metropolitan Opera Guild
New York City Opera Education Program

Alan holds a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the University of Miami and a Master of Music in vocal coaching / accompanying from the University of Illinois. At UM he is Program / Music Director of the Frost Opera Theater and Vocal Coach in the Department of Vocal Performance.

Short Biography:

Alan Johnson is associate professor of vocal performance, and program director of the Frost Opera Theater at the University of Miami Frost School of Music and is the recipient of the 2012 Phillip Frost Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship. Johnson has led numerous opera, music theater, concert, and dance works by today’s most innovative composers, including Nicholas Brooke, Douglas Cuomo, Tina Davidson, Anthony Davis, Phillip Glass and Michael Torke. His work has garnered awards such as Drama Desk, Obie, and Joseph Jefferson Award for Outstanding Music Direction. He is the music director of the John Duffy Composers Institute at the Virginia Arts Festival. Performances at venues across the USA include American Repertory Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, City Center NY, Lincoln Center, New York Shakespeare Festival, Long Wharf Theater, and Spoleto Festival USA and Italy. Active in New York City since 1986 as a vocal coach and pianist, Johnson has prepared and collaborated with singers holding international engagements. As a soloist and collaborative pianist, he has performed at such venues as Alice Tully Hall and The Walker Art Center.  Johnson holds a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the University of Miami and a Master of Music in vocal coaching / accompanying from the University of Illinois.


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