Brandon Johnson has conducted professional musicians across the United States while maintaining his extensive work with students of all ages. He has studied with German conductor Helmuth Rilling and was selected to conduct the Grammy winning Oregon Bach Festival Chorus and Orchestra. In recent years he has received invitations to conduct the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus, Buffalo Choral Artists, Rochester Oratorio Society, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony and The Southern Tier Symphony. In addition to working with musicians in the United States he has conducted singers from Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Romania, Russia, Spain, and the Ukraine in a European Festival Choir.
In his work in academic circles, Johnson has been invited to present master-classes, literature and interest sessions at multiple National Association for Music Education (NAFME) and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) conferences. He serves Eastern Michigan University as the Director of Choral Activities and heads the graduate conducting area. He has been honored by his colleagues to receive the Excellence in Teaching Award, the highest honor to be bestowed on a faculty member. As a conducting teacher his students have been selected to the ACDA National Conducting Competition in both the undergraduate and graduate divisions. Choirs under his direction have been invited to sing for multiple state and regional ACDA and the NAFME conferences.
In service to the profession, Johnson leads the New York State chapter of ACDA as president. He works tirelessly as a guest conductor, lecturer and clinician for middle school, high school and college age singers to raise the level of vocal music across America.