Affiliate Artist in Horn, University of Houston, Moores School of Music, 2013- Present
Guest Artist, Atlantic Music Festival, Summer, 2022-Present
Faculty, Texas Music Festival, 2013- Present
Faculty, Cougar Band Camp, University of Houston, Summer 2023
School-Aged Students and Adult Enthusiasts
Mr. Johnson currently teaches students aged 9 through 75! His school-aged students have enjoyed regular success in Youth Symphonies, All-State Ensembles, and Solo and Ensemble Contests in multiple states. His adult enthusiast students join the best volunteer ensembles in the Houston area.
Full-Scholarship and Majority-Scholarship University acceptances include Boston, Carnegie Mellon, DePaul, Indiana, Northwestern, Rice, Roosevelt, Southern California, and all Texas schools. Conservatory acceptances include Colburn, New England, Oberlin, and San Francisco, as well as the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, Curtis Institute, Eastman, and Manhattan School of Music, Peabody Institute, and The Juilliard School.
Banff Centre for the Arts, Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute, Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the United States, Juilliard’s Kovner Fellowship Grant, Interlochen Arts Camp and Academy, prize winner in the Siegfried’s Call Engelbert Schmid Horn Competition, Yamaha’s Young Performing Artist Program, Fellowship in The Conducting Institute, as well as the Aspen, Brevard, Domaine Forget, Eastern, Hot Springs, Lucerne, Music in the Mountains, Pacific, Sarasota, Spoleto, and Texas Music Festivals.
Professional Auditions Won
Air Force Band, Army Band, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Baton Rouge Symphony, Canton Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Hawaii Symphony, Houston Ballet Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra both 2nd and 4th, New World Symphony, Orquesta Filharmonica de Boca del Rio, Round Rock Symphony (TX), Lecturer in Horn at University of Hawaii-Manoa, and United States Army Band Pershing’s Own.
Baton Rouge Symphony, Beaumont Symphony (TX), Berkeley Symphony, Boise Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, City Music Cleveland, Florida Orchestra, Fresno Philharmonic, Houston Ballet Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Oakland Symphony, Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Symphony, Mobile Symphony, Modesto Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Springfield (OH) Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, and Woodlands Symphony (TX).
Jonathan Machado, a University of Houston undergraduate student and scholarship recipient, plays on a custom horn secured for him by Mr. Johnson.
Mr. Johnson has tailored classes to fit budgets and programs around the country for both Top-Rated and Growing Middle and High Schools, including Bands and Orchestras in Austin, Cincinnati, Dayton, Honolulu, Houston, Long Island, Los Angeles, Miami Beach, New York City, Richmond, Pittsburgh, and San Antonio, as well as those preparing for Midwest Clinic Performances. His High School Students regularly populate the top National and Local Youth Orchestras, Summer Music Festivals, and All-State Ensembles.
January 9-10, 24-26
Jersey Village and North Shore High Schools
February 23, 2023
March 13-21, 2023
Mr. Johnson enjoyed privately teaching both beginners and professional-level musicians on this tour-leg
March 23-25, 2023
Brandeis High School, Reagan High School, and MacArthur High Schools
April 3, 2023
Mr. Johnson returns to coach the Texas Medical Center Orchestra, known as one of the finest community orchestras in the nation, winning the American Prize for best community orchestra.
Robert Johnson is dedicated to providing equitable access to excellence in horn educational opportunities to those in our community who need it most. Being a grateful beneficiary of world-class teaching himself, Mr. Johnson believes that it is his responsibility to facilitate and share with all students the necessary knowledge and opportunity in order to help ensure the collective success of all young horn talents.
BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and low-income communities continue to be underrepresented in many major disciplines, including horn performance, and Mr. Johnson seeks to correct this. Through his positions of influence at the Houston Symphony, the University of Houston, and his online teaching presence, he is uniquely positioned to address access barriers to all students who seek achievement on the horn.
Since 2012, Mr. Johnson has operated two distinct avenues through which he serves the in-need community. First, a private teaching program designed to identify dedicated students at all levels who face structural inequities that create barriers to quality horn education and to support them with the resources of his time and expertise for as long as they wish to study. Second, an instrument-placement program whereby horn instrument rentals, low-cost purchases, mouthpieces, sheet music, and other necessary supplies are provided to students in need. By providing the highest level of teaching instruction starting at beginning band years and extending through professional studies, he offers in-need students and families an unparalleled horn education and performance curriculum.
Responding to both the in-person limitations imposed and virtual opportunities presented by COVID-19, Mr. Johnson has adapted to provide online private lessons, masterclasses, fundamentals classes, and coachings.
For further information, please text Mr. Johnson directly at 713-446-8365.
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