Monday, March 27, 2017 at 7pm
Terre Johnson, Conductor
TERRE JOHNSON holds degrees in choral music from Troy University, Auburn University, and Florida State University, and serves as Minister of Music at the Vestavia Hills Baptist Church. He is the founder and conductor of the acclaimed Birmingham Chamber Chorus and the Southeastern Chamber Orchestra. A Life Member of the American Choral Directors Association, he has served National Chair for Music in Worship and is currently National Chair for Lifelong Singing.
Prior to coming to Vestavia Hills Dr. Johnson was Conductor-in-Residence for Midamerica Productions in New York, and Music Director of the New Jersey Choral Society. His twelve concerts in Carnegie Hall have met with critical success. In his debut performance in 1996 the music was "splendidly presented," according to Bill Zakariasen in The Westsider. In 2004 the New York Times lauded the “robust choral sound” his chorus produced in a concert featuring Metropolitan Opera Soprano Angela Brown, and narrated by Academy Award Winner Olympia Dukakis. While in New York, he became closely associated with composer and conductor John Rutter, and traveled around the country to prepare over 100 choruses for performances with him. While at Florida State University, he became accompanist and rehearsal assistant to Robert Shaw, who visited the campus frequently to conduct concerts.
In May of 2014 he conducted the premiere of his first extended work, Missa Femina for Women’s Chorus and orchestra in Carnegie Hall. In 2006 he served as Guest Conductor and Assistant Artistic Director for the Voices in the House Festival in the Sydney Opera House, and held a similar position in the International Haydn Festival 2009 in Vienna, and in the International Festival of the Aegean in Greece in 2010. His choirs have received invitations to perform at ACDA conferences, and performed in the Warsaw Mozart Festival in 1995, and in the Rome Easter Festival in 1999. His conducting skills are in demand, and in recent years he has conducted three opera productions for Samford University, two music theatre productions and an opera production at Troy University, and two concerts with the Huxford Symphony Orchestra of the University of Alabama. From 2012-2014 he served as Visiting Professor of Choral Music at Judson College, and has served the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra as its Managing Director. His youtube channel, found at vhbcevents, contains performances from recent years, and has been viewed 450,000 times. In 2016, he conducted the premiere of his second extended work for chorus and orchestra, Song of the Captive, in Florence, Italy. Beginning this fall, he serves as Editor for ACDA’s new national publication for Music in Worship, "Hallelujah, Amen!" His music is published by Morning Star Music Publishers, Chorister’s Guild and Southeastern Music.
Terre Johnson has three children. Daughter Cameron Weiler is Choral Director at Enterprise High School in Alabama, daughter Kelly is an elementary school teacher in Chelsea, Alabama, and son Christopher is a medical student at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.