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Faculty Profile

Amanda Jane Johnston

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Music
Professor of Music
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240 Music Bldg
University, MS 38677
(662) 915-7268
Joined UM: August 21, 2008

Areas of Expertise

  • COLLABORATIVE PIANO
  • LYRIC DICTION
  • MUSIC
  • MUSIC PERFORMANCE
  • OPERA
  • VOCAL COACHING

Brief Bio

Canadian collaborative pianist Amanda Johnston is Professor of Music at the University of Mississippi where she acts as Music Director for the Opera Theatre; teaches courses in advanced diction; and coaches students at the undergraduate and graduate level. She is also Head of Collaborative Piano at Musiktheater Bavaria (Oberaudorf, Germany). She is author of English and German Diction for Singers: A Comparative Approach, 2nd edition (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016), highly praised in the Journal of Singing for "enlivening the study of diction." Recordings include Pleas to Famous Fairies with Linda Lister, soprano (Albany Records, 2018); Metissage with Adam Estes, saxophone (MSR Classics, 2017); and Mahler: Rueckert-Lieder with Julia Morgan, mezzo-soprano (MSR Classics, 2012). Johnston's research on comparative diction and lesser-known composers has been presented nationally and internationally at conferences held by the International Congress of Voice Teachers (ICVT), College Music Society (CMS), National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), National Opera Association (NOA), and Song Collaborators Consortia (SCC). Service appointments include Editor-in-Chief of NOA's The Opera Journal (2017-21); President of the MS District of NATS (2018-22); and member of the Fulbright US National Screening Committee (2022-25). She remains active as a clinician, presenting masterclasses and lectures across the USA. Previous appointments were held at the University of Toronto, Royal Conservatory of Music, York University, Druid City Opera Workshop, Taos Opera Institute, and Lied Austria. Johnston received prestigious grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council to work with masters in the field of collaborative piano, most notably Malcolm Martineau, Rudolf Jansen, Martin Isepp, Dalton Baldwin, and Helmut Deutsch. Further professional development took her to the Franz-Schubert-Institut (Baden bei Wien, Austria); Academie Francis Poulenc (Tours); Academie internationale d'ete (Nice); Oxenfoord International Summer School (St. Andrews); and the Aspen Music Festival. Amanda Johnston has been broadcast on CBC Radio 2, NPR, Classical 96.3 FM, and CKWR, and has performed in Hong Kong, Sweden, Germany, France, Austria, Scotland, Canada, and the USA. She was educated at Queen's University, the Hochschule fuer Musik "Franz Liszt" (Weimar, Germany), and the Janaček Academy of Music (Brno, Czech Republic).

Degrees

BMus
Music
Queens University (1993)
MM
Music
Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar (1997)

Committee Memberships

University Standing Committee