trumpeter - composer - educator
Connor Johnson is a composer and performer studying at Michigan State University, completing his bachelor’s degree in trumpet performance in the spring of 2021 and beginning a master’s in composition in the fall of 2021. He has studied trumpet with Justin Emerich and composition with Spencer Arias, Dr. Ricardo Lorenz, and Dr. Alexis Bacon. Connor is a versatile performer, having played with several of the MSU bands and orchestras, and is currently assistant principal cornet of the Capital City Brass Band. He is also an accomplished soloist, reaching the semifinals of the 2021 National Trumpet Competition and the finals of the 2020 Next Generation Trumpet Competition.
Connor is an active teacher as well, currently teaching private lessons with Through the Staff, an organization dedicated to increasing accessibility of music education. He has previously worked with chamber ensembles, trumpet sections, and marching bands, and plans to resume once it is safe to do so.
In addition to performance and teaching, Connor is an award-winning composer with works for a range of ensembles from solo instruments to full orchestra. His “[shift-9]” for Pierrot ensemble recently received Second Prize in the 2021 Webster Young Composers Competition, and his saxophone quartet “Scenes Unseen” was selected as a runner-up in the Sinta Quartet’s 2020 Composition Competition. Several of his other works have been recognized by groups including the Additive Color Ensemble, Blue Mountain/Forecast, and Tribeca New Music.