Dr. Kevin P. Johnson is an Associate Professor of Music and Chairman of the Music Department at Spelman College. As a tenured professor, Johnson teaches choral conducting, music theory, music technology and has stood as the director of the world-renowned Spelman College Glee Club for nearly 20 years. He has been instrumental in increasing the ensemble’s visibility and has raised the overall musicality of the group with his close attention to detail and passion for musicianship.
After earning both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from California State University, Los Angles, Johnson went on the receive his doctoral degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. He gained experience teaching music at high schools in Kansas City and Los Angles and at California StUniversityisty, Los Angles. He has served as the director of music at various churches, providing choral workshops and retreats for music educators and churches for over 30 years.
Dr. Kevin Johnson currently is an active clinician and working composer, specializing in spirituals and sacred text. He serves as the minister of music at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Due to his professional acclaim, Johnson is one of the most highly demanded and prominent musicians in the Archdiocese of Atlanta and the Catholic Archdiocese nationwide. He has been commissioned to compose several pieces, including “The Mass of Fatih” (commissioned by Father John Adamski), “The Preacher’s Mass” (commissioned by the Dominican Friars), the well known “A Choice to Change the World” (commissioned by Spelman College), and “The Mass of St. Peter Claver” (commissioned by the Knights of Peter Claver). His catalog also includes over 300 psalm settings, seven mass settings, and many sacred songs. He completed his second CD recording for Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Atlanta entitled, “Reap a Harvest in Due Season: A Treasury of African American Catholic Music.” in 2013. This work includes his nine compositions and other favorite songs of the church.
Dr. Kevin Johnson has works published by Colla Voce, GIA Publications, Treble Clef Press, and his very own publishing company, Lion and Lamb Publishing. Among these published works are We Are Christmas, Steal Away, Glory To God, Psalms For The Church Year Volumes I II and III, The Soulful Lenten Mass, Songs of Praise for Worship Choral Series, and The Catholic Choir Workbook for Singers, and many other great works of music.
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