Michael Johanson’s music reflects a deep interest in bringing together materials drawn from a wide range of styles and approaches, all filtered through a distinctly personal voice. His compositions have been performed at various concerts and festivals throughout the United States and abroad by distinguished soloists and ensembles.
Venues at which performances of Mr. Johanson’s music have taken place include the Ann Goodman Recital Hall in New York City, St. John’s Smith Square in London, England, the Shenyang Conservatory of Music in China, the Thai National Theater Recital Hall in Bangkok, the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, the James Madison University Contemporary Music Festival, June in Buffalo, the Society of Composers Incorporated, the Williams College Chamber Players, “A Celebration of New Music” at Texas Tech University, Western Washington University, the Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival, Fear No Music, Resonance Ensemble’s “Music and Memory” concert, the Great Western Horn Symposium in Las Vegas, the Lewis & Clark College Orchestra, and the Cascadia Composers concert series. Ensembles and institutions that have commissioned his works include Trio Bella Voce, the Indiana University New Music Ensemble, the American Friends Service Committee, Indiana University’s Newman Center, Nocturna, and the Oregon Repertory Singers. Awards and fellowships he has received have come from institutions such as the American Music Center, ASCAP, Wildacres Residency, the MacDowell Colony, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Johanson is the 2009 winner of the Gil Seeley Prize in Composition, an award given by the Oregon Repertory Singers for his composition “Earth Dweller.” His work “Memento” was premiered and recorded by internationally recognized saxophonist Frederick Hemke; Iwan Roth played the work in Basel, Switzerland in August 2011. A commercial recording of Mr. Johanson’s work “Dynamo” performed by trombonist Garth Simmons was produced in June 2012. Johanson was the 2012 Composer-in-Residence at the Jubilus Music Festival in Gainesville, Florida. His composition “Gravitations” will be featured in the July 2012 International Arts Educators Forum in Citta di Castello, Italy. Mr. Johanson’s music is published by September Hills and Dorn Publications.
Mr. Johanson holds degrees in composition from the Eastman School of Music and Indiana University. Formerly on the faculties of Indiana State University, Williams College, and Stetson University, he is currently Assistant Professor of Composition and Music Theory at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He serves as Artistic Director of Friends of Rain, Lewis & Clark’s faculty contemporary music ensemble.