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Dr. Molly J. Johnson

Dr. Molly J. Johnson

Title: Director of Opera & Music Theatre, Associate Professor of Voice
Department: School of Performing Arts
Building: FAC Studio B
Phone: 903.566.7088


Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance

Louisiana State University, 1997

Doctoral monograph: "Maria Stuart, opus 172: A song cycle by Joseph Joachim Raff based on the poetry of Mary Queen of Scots

Master of Music in Vocal Performance
Louisiana State University, 1997

Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance
Oklahoma City University, 1983

Student of Martina Arroyo, Stephen F. Austin, Patricia O'Neill, Susan Straley, and Florence Birdwell

College/University Teaching Experience


Assistant Professor, The University of Texas at Tyler 2001-present
Applied Voice, Form and Analysis

Montreat College, Montreat, NC 1998-2001
Applied Voice; Vocal Pedagogy, Song Literature; Diction; Form and Analysis;
Red, Hot, and Blue (history of Musical Theater); Art and Aesthetics

University of North Carolina - Asheville 1998-2001
Applied Voice, Voice Class, Director of undergraduate research project in vocal
composition techniques and repertoire

Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC 1995-1998
Applied Voice, Beginning Voice Class, Fundamentals of Music I, Musical Theater Workshop

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 1991-1994
Taught undergraduate French Diction, Italian Diction, and Applied Voice (Music and Music Education majors) as a teaching assistant

World Evangelism Bible College, Baton Rouge, LA 1989-1991
Applied Voice, Voice Class, Vocal Pedagogy

Selected Performing Experience

Oratorio Roles
  • Handel - Messiah
  • Saint-Saëns - Christmas Oratorio
  • Rutter - Magnificat
  • Fauré - Requiem
  • Mendelssohn - Elijah
  • Tippett - A Child of Our Time
Opera Roles
  • Mother - Amahl and the Night Visitors
  • Prince Orlofsky - Die Fledermaus
  • Mercedes - Carmen
  • La Ciesca - Gianni Schicchi
  • Javotte - Manon
  • Paprika the Witch, Tortoni Marconi - The Ring of the Fettucines
  • Asheville Lyric Opera
  • Asheville Symphony/Mockingbird Theatre
  • Baton Rouge Opera
  • Nebraska Theatre Caravan
  • Music Theatre of Wichita
  • Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Inc.
Additionally an active performer in recitals, musical theatre revues, lecture recitals, concerts, and church music programs.

Additional Professional Activities

  • Private voice studio since 1987
  • Music and stage directing musicals and revues
  • Workshops in voice, musical theatre, music reading, history of musical theater
  • Adjudication at state and regional auditions
  • Assistant stage director to Richard McKee, Bodo Igez, Franco Gratale, Frank Gentilesca
  • Assistant stage manager to Sam Gray
  • Props coordinator for Michael Davidson, Tom Holliday
  • Choir director for church music programs
  • NC NATS treasurer 1998-2001


  • National Association of Teachers of Singing
  • Sigma Alpha Iota (Sword of Honor Recipient; Nominee for National Leadership Award; [Oklahoma City] Patroness Award)
  • Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society
  • Sterling P. Gladden Rotary Music Scholar (Baton Rouge)
  • Cum Laude graduate, Oklahoma City University
  • Outstanding Young Women of America
  • Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities
  • National Dean's List