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LaKedria Johnson

Location: West Virginia, USA
LaKedria Lozano, Soprano
After getting my start singing gospel music in church at a young age, I went on to pursue my dream of singing.  I completed my undergraduate work at West Liberty University earning my Bachelors’ degree in 2009 where my focus was choral and vocal music education and a Masters degree in vocal performance from Marshall University in 2011. In on both levels I graduated with honors for academic and musical achievements.  I intend to pursue my Doctor of Musical Arts degree in vocal pedagogy.  With extensive experience as a soloist, chorister, and teacher; I have been featured as a soloist for many works including   Vivaldi's Gloria, Alan Hovhaness’ Glory to God, Handel's Messiah,  Theodore Dubois Seven Last Words of Christ, and several world premiers by rising composers including Evan Mack’s Dream of Freedom and John Sherwood’s Introduction to a Romanian musical. I have given several workshops in classrooms on African Dancing and Drumming and presented lectures on opera, singing in various genres, and life as a music major. I have  served as an adjudicator for WV region VI solo and ensemble festivals and maintain professional memberships in  National Association of Teachers of singing ( NATS),  National association for the study and performance of African American Music, (NSPAAM) National association for music education (NAfME), and American Choral directors association ( ACDA). 
     In 2010, I traveled to New York, in a choir of 425 singers from all over the world, I  was the only one representing the state of West Virginia, performing opera in the 2010 New York Concert premier of Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings opera composed and conducted by Eric Whitacre at Carnegie Hall.
In 2007, I traveled to Italy with my college choir, performing at St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.
    In addition to performing; I served as an intern with the American Foundation for the Blind in the information and referral department and is a mentor for the AFB career connect program, mentoring other visually impaired musicians regularly. I regularly give information speeches on issues of visual impairments and tell of my experiences as a visually impaired musician. I maintain a voice studio in Huntington, WV and also maintain an online voice studio where I teach voice through distance learning. I have served as a cantor for Trinity Lutheran Church in Weirton, WV and St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Huntington, WV.  I served as choir director and voice teacher of the Voices of Huntington Youth Choir, a music outreach program for the city of Huntington WV.  In summer 2011, I became the voice teacher and choir director of Braille Beats; a 7-10  day Fine Arts Intensive Camp  in Lapeer MI for  Blind and Visually Impaired students  ages 9- Adult with an interest in the fine arts. There I teach choir, private voice and gives master classes and lectures on various voice topics.   I also sing with the Marshall University Choral Union. Currently I reside in Huntington WV with my husband Don.  

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