Alan Oscar Johnson

Professor

Phone:
(305) 284-1567
Address:
Foster Practice Building 5509 San Amaro Dr
Room 111
Coral Gables, Florida 33146

 
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Biography

Alan Johnson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Vocal Performance and Program/Music Director of the Frost Opera Theater at the FROST SCHOOL OF MUSIC. Throughout his more than 30-year career, he has worked with a number of distinguished singers in concert and opera performances, both nationally and internationally. As music director, conductor, pianist, vocal coach, and new opera advocate, Professor Johnson has prepared, performed, and premiered many notable and progressive works.

Among his many honors, he was honored with the 2012 Phillip and Patricia Frost Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship, and he also received a 2016-17 University of Miami Provost Research Award for a new CD project featuring the music of Philip Glass. His work has garnered Bessie, Drama Desk, Jefferson, and Obie Awards, including an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Music Direction and a Joseph Jefferson Award for Outstanding Music Direction of the premieres of The Sound of a Voice and Hotel of Dreams, two one-act operas by Philip Glass and David Henry Hwang. His long association with Philip Glass has included musical direction for numerous premieres in opera (In the Penal Colony, The Sound of a Voice), dance/musical theater (Provenance Unknown, The Mysteries and What’s So Funny?!), and theater (Henry IV Parts I and II, Cymbeline, In the Summer House), as well as music preparation for the premieres of Book of Longing, The Making of the Representative for Planet 8, Hydrogen Jukebox, Orphée, and La Belle et La Bête.

His production affiliations, performances, and composer collaborations have included works by John Adams, Edward Barnes, Nicholas Brooke, Mary Ellen Childs, Douglas Cuomo, Michael Daugherty, Michael Dellaira, Tina Davidson, Anthony Davis, Jonathan Dove, John Duffy, Gary Fagin, Kenneth Fuchs, Michael Gordon, Allan Jaffe, Guy Klucevsek, Leroy Jenkins, Michael John LaChiusa, David Lang, Libby Larsen, Charles Norman Mason, Lansing McClosky, John Moran, Diedre Murray, Polly Pen, Michael Alec Rose, Dan Moses Schreier, Thomas Sleeper, Michael Torke, and Richard Wargo.

Professor Johnson has also conducted premiere performances at several distinguished venues across the United States, including the American Repertory Theater, American Music Theater Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Lincoln Center, New York Shakespeare Festival, Opera Delaware, A Contemporary Theater – Seattle, Court Theater – University of Chicago, Jacobs Pillow, Joyce Theater, Long Wharf Theater, McCarter Theater, Spoleto Festival USA and Italy, Pittsburgh Opera Theater, and many others.

Since 2008, Professor Johnson has held the position of Music Director at the John Duffy Institute for New Opera at the Virginia Arts Festival. Recent projects include a 2016 Rockefeller Residency in Bellagio, Italy with composer Mary Ellen Childs, and recitals in New York, Alabama, New Jersey, Florida, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, North Carolina and Iowa. He holds a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the University of Miami and a Master of Music in Vocal Coaching and Accompanying from the University of Illinois, including studies with legendary pianists Ivan Davis and John Wustman.
Career

Honors & Acknowledgements

Professional Experience


Career Highlights

  • Faculty, FROST SCHOOL OF MUSIC, 2006 – Present,
  • Music Director, Duffy Institute for New Opera at the Virginia Arts Festival, 2009 – Present
  • Independent Music Director/Conductor, Pianist, Vocal Coach, Educator, New York and  Minneapolis/St. Paul, 1985 – 86
  • Independent Music Director/Conductor, Pianist, Vocal Coach, Educator

Honors, Awards

  • Opera News Best of 2016 – Frost Recording of The Death of Webern
  • Frost Opera Theater: Stravinsky’s Mavra and Golojov’s Ainadamar, Top Ten Performances of 2016 by South Florida Classical Review
  • Frost Opera Theater: Gianni Schicchi, Suor Angelica, The Death of Webern, Mention of 2015 by South Florida Classical Review
  • Frost Opera Theater: Jackie O by Michael Daugherty, Top Ten Performances of 2014 by South Florida Classical Review
  • University of Miami Provost Research Award
  • Rockefeller Residency at the Bellagio Center, Italy
  • Phillip and Patricia Frost Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship
  • Joseph Jefferson Award for Music Direction, Chicago
  • Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Music Direction and Pianism, New York
  • “Bessie” New York Dance and Performance Award
  • Drama Desk and Obie nominations for numerous Off-Broadway productions
  • Phi Mu Alpha honorary member

Recordings (highlights)

  • The Death of Webern, opera by Michael Dellaira (Albany) CD 
  • Re-imagining Lilith, opera by Anthony Davis (UCSDTV), Video
  • Specific Gravity, music by Lansing McLoskey (Albany), CD
  • Arjuna’s Dilemma, opera by Douglas Cuomo (Innova), CD
  • The Shoulder, opera by Dan Moses Schreier and Dan Hurlin (Innova), CD
  • Black Water, opera by John Duffy (LA Theater Works), CD
  • Bed and Sofa, musical by Polly Pen and Lawrence Klaven (Varese Sarabande), CD
  • Angels in America, score by Anthony Davis, Broadway production premiere
  • La Belle et La Bête, opera by Philip Glass (Nonesuch),Vocal Coach, CD
  • Building Higher Nests, music by Michael Kosch, (Innova) CD