Terrence (Terre) Johnson, PhD

  • Chair/Director of Choral Activities
  • Associate Professor of Music

Education

  • PhD – Choral Music/Conducting, Florida State University
  • MEd – Music Education, Auburn University
  • BME – Choral Music Education, Troy University

Courses taught include:

  • Schola Cantorum
  • University Singers
  • Conducting
  • Developmental Vocal Techniques

Teaching Focus

Dr. Johnson conducts the choral ensembles and teaches conducting and techniques. He also serves as Chair of the Music Department.

Additional Information

Dr. Johnson’s vast experience includes leading choral ensembles in a variety of contexts including university, professional choruses, public schools, and church choirs.  While in Birmingham, Alabama, he served as Minister of Music at the Vestavia Hills Baptist Church and was the founder and conductor of the acclaimed Birmingham Chamber Chorus and the Southeastern Chamber Orchestra.  A Life Member of the American Choral Directors Association, he has served as National Chair for Music in Worship and is currently National Chair for Lifelong Singing, providing resources and advocacy for those who conduct in houses of worship or community chorus settings.  In addition, he serves as Editor for ACDA’s new national publication for Music in Worship, “Hallelujah, Amen!” His compositions are published by Morning Star Music Publishers, Chorister’s Guild, and Southeastern Music.

Prior to his tenure in Birmingham, Dr. Johnson was Conductor-in-Residence for Midamerica Productions in New York, and Music Director of the New Jersey Choral Society. His fourteen concerts in Carnegie Hall have met with critical success.  In his debut performance, the music was “splendidly presented,” according to Bill Zakariasen in The Westsider.  Following another performance, the New York Times lauded the “robust choral sound” his chorus produced in a concert featuring Metropolitan Opera Soprano Angela Brown, and narrated by Academy Award Winner Olympia Dukakis.  While in New York he became closely associated with composer and conductor John Rutter, and in addition to sharing the concert stage, traveled around the country to prepare over 100 choruses for performances with him. While at Florida State University, he became accompanist and rehearsal assistant to Robert Shaw, who visited the campus frequently to conduct concerts.

Terre Johnson has taught in public middle and high schools, as well as in small colleges and large universities.  As Director of Choral Activities at Troy University, Johnson saw choral enrollment triple, as well as the addition of three ensembles.  As Visiting Professor and Interim Department Chair at Judson College, he oversaw substantial growth and improvement within the choral area as well as the department as a whole.

Dr. Johnson is receiving increasing acclaim as a composer.  He recently conducted the premiere of his first extended work, “Missa Femina,” for Women’s Chorus and orchestra in Carnegie Hall.  His second extended work, “Song of the Captive,” was recently presented in Florence, Italy.  And with great delight he shared conducting duties with his daughter, Cameron Johnson Weiler, in the Carnegie Hall premiere of “The Wind,” an extended work commemorating the tenth anniversary of the destruction of Alabama’s Enterprise High School by a tornado.  His arrangement of the hymn “Come, Ye Disconsolate” is a best seller, and has been recorded by the St. Olaf Choir and the Baylor University A Cappella Choir.

Additional recognitions include serving as Guest Conductor and Assistant Artistic Director for the Voices in the House Festival in the Sydney Opera House, as well as similar positions in the International Haydn Festival in Vienna, and in the International Festival of the Aegean in Greece.  His choirs have received invitations to perform at ACDA conferences, and have performed in the Warsaw Mozart Festival and the Rome Easter Festival.  In recent years, he has conducted three opera productions for Samford University, two music theatre productions and an opera production at Troy University, and two concerts with the Huxford Symphony Orchestra of the University of Alabama.  Lastly, his service as the Managing Director for the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra utilized his administrative skills.  His youtube channel, found at www.youtube.com/vhbcevents, contains performances from recent years, and in total has been viewed 450,000 times.

Terre Johnson has three children.  Daughter Cameron Weiler is the Choral Director at Enterprise High School in Alabama, daughter Kelly is an elementary school teacher in Port St. Joe, Florida, and son Christopher is a medical student at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

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