Director of Bands and Orchestras
Associate Professor of Music
Office: Price Doyle Fine Arts 305
Dennis L. Johnson is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. He is presently Director of Bands and Symphony Orchestra at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. At Murray State he conducts the Chamber Winds, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the University Symphony Orchestra and the pit orchestra for the operas and musicals. He also instructs the undergraduate classes in “Basic” and “Instrumental Conducting” and the graduate sections of “Advanced Instrumental Conducting. Additionally he serves as a Past President for the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE). He has served as Kentucky State Chairman for the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) and state collegiate representative for the Kentucky Music Educator’s Association (KMEA). Under Professor Johnson’s leadership the Murray State University Wind Ensemble has made several prestigious appearances including two special invitational concerts in Carnegie Hall; two appearances at the College Band Directors National Association Conventions and at the International Wind Band Conference in Manchester, England. In the Spring of 2011 the MSU Symphony Orchestra appeared in Chicago’s famed Orchestra Hall and in a KET/PBS documentary surrounding the appearance. Professor Johnson began serving as Clinician and Director for the World Projects Washington DC Festival in 2007 and has served as clinician for their festivals in Sydney, Australia, Disney Hall in California, Honolulu, Hawaii, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall and New York’s Carnegie Hall. Professor Johnson has also guest conducted the Air Self-Defense Force Band of Japan and the Australian Youth Honors Wind Band in Brisbane, Australia. This past summer, he served on the “jury” for the World Music Contest in Kerkrade, The Netherlands. Professor Johnson has accepted numerous invitations to conduct honor bands, orchestras, professional bands and present conducting clinics in Argentina, Austria, Australia, Bolivia, China, Colombia, England, Israel, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Hungary, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, Canada and in most states throughout the U.S. He is presently listed in the prestigious Marquis’ “Who’s Who” and the Cambridge “Dictionary of International Biography”.