Brandon Johnson, DMA is the Director of Choral Activities at Eastern Michigan University and the artistic director and conductor of the Detroit Concert Choir. Previously, he founded and was the Artistic Director of the emerging professional vocal ensemble Vox Lumine based in New York. He has conducted professional musicians across the United States while maintaining his extensive work with students of all ages. He has performed in venues across the country including Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, and will return to the stage of the renowned Carnegie Hall in March 2018.
He has studied with German conductor Helmuth Rilling and was selected to conduct the Grammy winning Oregon Bach Festival Chorus and Orchestra. In recent years, he has received invitations to conduct the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus, Buffalo Choral Artists, Continuo Arts Orchestra, Michigan Sinfonietta, Rochester Oratorio Society, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony, Cordancia and The Southern Tier Symphony. In addition to working with musicians from across the United States, he has conducted singers from Austria, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Spain, and the Ukraine.
Choirs under his direction have been invited to perform, and he has been selected to present for American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and the National Association for Music Education (NAFME) conferences. As a conducting pedagogue his students have been invited to participate in the ACDA National Conducting Competition. Respected by his colleagues at Houghton College, he was humbled to accept the Excellence in Teaching Award, and was the recipient of the first fully endowed chair of the college, the Horne-Blanchard.
In service to the profession, Johnson has served the American Choral Directors Association in many capacities, including as New York State President. He works tirelessly as a guest conductor, lecturer and clinician for singers of all ages and seeks to raise the level of choral music across America.