Affiliate Artist in Horn, University of Houston, Moores School of Music, 2013- Present
Guest Artist, Atlantic Music Festival, Summer, 2022
Faculty, Texas Music Festival, 2013- Present
Air Force Band, Army Band, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Baton Rouge Symphony, Canton Symphony, Hawaii Symphony, Houston Ballet Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, 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.
Beaumont Symphony (TX), Boise Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, City Music Cleveland, Houston Ballet Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Symphony, Mobile Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, and Woodlands Symphony (TX).
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.
Mr. Johnson’s high school aged students have enjoyed regular success in All-State Ensembles in multiple states. His adult enthusiast students join the best volunteer ensembles in the Houston area.
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.
Jonathan Machado, a University of Houston undergraduate student and scholarship recipient, plays on a custom horn secured for him by Mr. Johnson.
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