Kevin Johnson, D.M.A.
Dr. Kevin Johnson, associate professor and chair of music, is a musician, a composer, and an active clinician. The director of the Spelman College Glee Club has traveled through the United States, providing choral workshops, masterclasses, seminars and retreats for music educators and churches. In his professional career as a thriving musician, Dr. Kevin Johnson is the minister of music at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Atlanta. He is also one of the most highly demanded and prominent musicians in the Archdiocese of Atlanta and Catholic Archdiocese nationwide.
Dr. Kevin Johnson is an active and working composer, writing music weekly for Catholic worship with an extensive catalogue including seven mass settings, over 300 psalm settings and many sacred songs. In 2013, he completed his second compact disc recording for Our Lady of Lourdes entitled, “ Reap a Harvest in Due Season: A Treasury of African American Catholic Music” which includes nine of his own compositions and other favorite songs of the church.
During his tenure as a professional composer, Dr. Kevin Johnson has been commissioned to compose several works, including "A Choice to Change the World" (commissioned by Spelman College), "The Mass of Faith" (commissioned by Father John Adamski), “The Preacher’s Mass” (commissioned by the Dominican Friars) and his latest work that is still in progress “The Mass of St. Peter Claver” (commissioned by the Knights of Peter Claver). On October 18, 2009, Dr. Kevin Johnson, along with the Spelman College Glee Club and Joe Jennings, presented his Jazz Mass setting, The Mass of Faith, in concert at Spelman College. The Mass of Peter Claver was premiered at an anniversary Mass celebrated by the Archbishop of Atlanta, Wilton D. Gregory.
Dr. Kevin Johnson has works published by Colla Voce, GIA Publications and Treble Clef Press. He continues to publish most of his music through his very own publishing company, Lion and Lamb Publishing. Among these published works are We Are Christmas, Steal Away, Glory To God, Psalms For The Church Year Volumes I II and III, The Soulful Lenten Mass, Songs of Praise for Worship Choral Series, and The Catholic Choir Workbook for Singers and many others.
2013 marks the 100th Anniversary of the birth of his father, Willie T. Johnson, the founder of the popular Golden Gate Quartet. Dr. Johnson, along with other musicians will celebrate his dad’s anniversary performing “Gospel Train” a musical celebration created by Dr. Johnson bringing to life the evolution of African American music, spirituality and family with it’s beginnings in the works of his dad Willie T. Johnson and the Golden Gate Quartet.