Kelly Johnson


Kelly Johnson is principal clarinetist with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Associate Professor of Clarinet at the University of Central Arkansas. Johnson’s new CD, titled Child’s Play: Stories, Songs, and Dances, was released in 2011 on the Potenza label. It features the works of Philip Parker, Eric Mandat, Rodney Rogers, Dejan Despic and Jim David. Johnson performed some of these pieces at the 2010 Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium in Norman, Oklahoma. Johnson has been a soloist at several International Clarinet Conventions including the 2007 International Clarinet Convention in Vancouver, Canada, the 2005 International Clarinet Association Convention in Tokyo, Japan and the 1998 International Clarinet Association Convention in Ohio. She also performed at the 1999 International Clarinet Association Convention in Belgium where she released her first solo CD titled Clarinet Unlimited, which features the clarinet works of Belgian composer Norbert Goddaer. Johnson received her Master of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from Arizona State University where she served as teaching assistant for the ASU Clarinet Studio. She completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Clarinet Performance from ASU in 1999. Former teachers include Dr. Robert Spring and Dr. Russell Coleman.

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