Artist-in-Residence in Oboe
Ms. Johnson joined the faculty at Kennesaw State University in 1998. Her current posts are Acting Principal Oboe of the Atlanta Opera and Principal Oboe of the Cobb Symphony Orchestra. From 1990-98 she served as Principal Oboe of the Windsor Symphony in Ontario, Canada.
Ms. Johnson has performed with the Detroit, Atlanta, Alabama and Columbus Symphony Orchestras, the Detroit Chamber Winds, Michigan Opera Theatre, and Atlanta's contemporary music ensemble, Thamyris. As concerto soloist, she has had engagements with the Atlanta Wind Symphony, Cobb Symphony Orchestra, Windsor Symphony, Seattle Philharmonic, and Washington-Idaho Symphony in works of Albinoni, Bach, Barber, Copland, Goossens and Mozetich.
Originally from Puyallup, Washington, Ms. Johnson earned BM degrees in oboe and piano performance and in music education at Washington State University, and a MM degree in oboe performance at the University of Michigan. Her principal oboe teachers are Harry Sargous, Laurence Thorstenberg, and Barbara Cantlon. Other influential oboists with whom she has worked include Heinz Holliger, Robert Bloom, Richard Woodhams, William Bennett, Elaine Douvas, and Linda Strommen. Her piano studies included work with David Kaiserman, Merilyn Jacobson and Ruby Bailey Ronald.