Brandon Johnson, DMA, is now beginning his third season as the Artistic Director of Detroit Performing Artists, Inc./Detroit Concert Choir. With extensive experience in conducting youth and adult choirs, he moved to Michigan in 2014 to become Director of Choral Activities at Eastern Michigan University. Prior to coming to Michigan, he was Director of Choral Activities at Houghton College in New York. He was also the founder and Artistic Director of Vox Lumine, a professional vocal ensemble based in New York.
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, and the Kennedy Center, and the renowned Carnegie Hall in 2014 with the National Sacred Honor Choir.
Dr. Johnson has Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees in Choral Conducting from the University of Arizona. 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 was guest conductor and keynote speaker for a music conference in Hong Kong, China, in 2014.
Dr. Johnson has been selected to present, and choirs under his direction have been invited to perform for state and regional American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and National Association for Music Education (NAFME) conferences. At Houghton College he was given the Excellence in Teaching Award, the highest honor bestowed on a faculty member. In service to the profession, Dr. Johnson 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 to raise the level of choral music across America.
A comment from Veronica Smith, Search Committee Chair – June 2015. “After a year-long search process, we are proud to present Dr. Brandon Johnson as our new Artistic Director. Brandon brings together all the characteristics we had on our wish list: marvelous musicianship, wide knowledge of repertoire, an understanding of our legacy, an ability to teach us how to sing our very best, a broad knowledge of what it takes to keep the choir on track financially and administratively, and creative, innovative ideas for bringing our programs to the public in a fresh and exciting way!”