Known for his warm resonant voice, Colin B. Johnson, bass-baritone, is a dynamic educator, performer and researcher. At Shenandoah Conservatory, he served as a post-masters teaching assistant for the past three years while pursuing a doctorate in voice pedagogy. Mr. Johnson earnestly teaches private voice lessons in a variety of genres including both classical and contemporary commercial music. His approachable but passionate style generates a fun collaborative environment.
As a performer, he has been heard in many opera houses and theatres across the country as well as in Germany and Italy. In 2005, Mr. Johnson had the honor of performing with Stephanie Blythe in Opera Colorado's production of Handel's opera Guilio Caesare. Another performing highlight was singing at Carnegie Hall in 2008 as the Norman Carlberg Award Winner in the Liederkranz Foundation. His roles include Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Dr. Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore, Méphistophélès in Faust, Caspar in Der Freischütz, and Sam in Trouble in Tahiti. He has performed with such opera companies as Opera Lancaster, Opera Naples, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Colorado, Connecticut Opera and Sarasota Opera. His other concert works include Baritone Soloist in Brahms' Requiem, Elijah in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Bass Soloist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, and Handel’s Messiah. Mr. Johnson had the honor of performing the bass solo in Verdi’s Requiem in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Mr. Johnson is also a devoted Lieder singer having performed Schubert’s Winterreise, Schumann’s Dichterliebe and Vier erneste Gesänge by Brahms.
He holds a Masters of Music in voice pedagogy from Shenandoah Conservatory and Bachelor of Music in voice performance from the University of Iowa. Mr. Johnson’s research interests include applying motor learning strategies to the singing voice studio as well as vocal tract acoustics. This past June, Mr. Johnson presented research on motor learning feedback in the singing voice studio at the Voice Symposium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He also is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Pan American Vocology Association (PAVA) and has completed the first session of the Summer Vocology Institute with renown voice researcher and educator Ingo Titze.