James Johnston


Biography:

James Johnston enjoys a varied career as a conductor, performer, arranger and teacher. Formerly Chair of the Music Department at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Mr. Johnston has served as the Conducting Assistant of the Indianapolis Symphony and was the founding Music Director of the Southern Indiana Youth Symphony. He has also taught and conducted at Indiana University, Bloomington and at Earlham College. Mr. Johnston led a successful series of concerts in the springs of 2005 and 2008 with the Miami Valley Symphony, and for the past three summers has led the popular outdoor Symphony-on-the-Green concerts for the Muncie Symphony. He is also the conductor of the Yellow Springs Community Band, which performs six indoor and outdoor concerts annually for an appreciative public, and the Music Director and Organist for the First Presbyterian Church in Yellow Springs.

His arrangements and performances as a violinist can be heard on the Sony, Dorian, Titanic and North Star labels, and include music for the Christmas season, music from 19th c. America, and music about the game of baseball. Mr. Johnston produced many arrangements heard on the 2005 Public Radio special Carols for Dancing, produced by WGBH radio and played by the group Renaissonics. In the fall of 2007, he also arranged the title music for the Public Radio New Year’s special called Watchnight, which aired on stations nationwide. He is currently at work on a scholarly edition of Félicien David’s Le Desert and a chamber opera based on a story of Elizabeth Goudge. In his spare time, Mr. Johnston enjoys reading on many topics, hiking, bicycling and working on his house.