Dr. Lawrence Johnson is chair of the music department at Southern Utah University. Outside of his work and teaching at SUU, he enjoys performing and was an international finalist in the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice competition in Philadelphia. Possessing degrees in both voice and piano performance, he has accompanied and conducted numerous concerts, operas, recitals, and shows.
Some of his favorite operatic roles include Rodolpho in “La Bohème,” and the title roles of Werther and Don José in Bocelli’s “Carmen.” Dr. Johnson has had the privilege of working with such distinguished luminaries as Sherrill Milnes, Mignon Dunn, Martin Katz, Elly Ameling, Geoffrey Parsons, and Tony Randall.
Dr. Johnson earned a bachelor of arts degree in music at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. At Northwestern University, he earned a master’s degree in music in voice performance, and a Ph.D. in music in voice performance.
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Areas of Expertise (8)
Wisconsin State NATS Winner
National Association of Teachers of Singing
Chicago regional finalist
Metropolitan Opera Auditions
Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition
University of Wisconsin La Crosse: B.A., Piano Performance
Northwestern University: M.A., Voice Performance
Northwestern University: Ph.D., Voice Performance
- National Association of Teachers of Singing
- National Association for Music Education
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Music Faculty Hosts Soiree Recital at SUMA
Southern Utah University online
The Southern Utah University’s (SUU) Department of Music faculty will perform in a recital titled Soirée on Monday, October 3, 2016 at the new Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA). The concert is dedicated to former staff member, Shane Summers, as a remembrance of his time at SUU.
Of this performance, Dr. Lawrence Johnson, associate professor of Music, said, “This year's faculty recital will be of special note. We are dedicating this performance to the memory of our colleague and dear friend, Shane Summers, whom we suddenly lost this past August. There will be music specifically written for and also dedicated to Shane, as well as a short video presentation.” Summers passed away unexpectedly in August. Students, faculty, and community members can take this time to remember his life and the deep impact that he had on SUU’s community.
MUSC 1400/2400/3400/4400 Individual Applied Music instruction
Private lessons in vocal or instrumental music. 12 half-hour lessons.
MUSC 1410/2410/3410/4410 Individual Applied Music Instruction
Private lessons in vocal or instrumental music. 12 fifty-minute lessons and a required studio class.
MUSC 2670 German Diction & Literature for Singers
This course is designed to teach students the correct standardized singing pronunciation of German by utilizing the International Phonetic Alphabet. Students will learn pronunciation rules as well as study German Art Song Literature.
MUSC 2680 French Diction & Literature for Singers
This course is designed to teach students the correct standardized singing pronunciation of French by utilizing the International Phonetic Alphabet. Students will learn pronunciation rules as well as study French Art Song Literature.
MUSC 6910 Directed Readings in Music Education
Student will work with professor on music education topics mutually agreed to by the student and professor. A contract will be made and must be approved by the Graduate Music Education Committee.