Timothy E. Johnson | Music Technology


Tim Johnson Dr. Timothy Ernest Johnson is a multifaceted creative/performing artist with a lifelong commitment to cultivating deeply engaging, substantive and moving artistic expression. His professional activities include composition, arranging/transcription, performance on guitar and viola, theoretical research, conducting and teaching.

Recent performances of Johnson's music include:

In addition to the above, Johnson's large ensemble work Antyphony: Kasparov vs. Deep Blue was a finalist in the 2008 Alea III International Composition Competition and received its premiere in Boston. His co-commissioned electronic work Tensile Strength received an Honorary Prize in the 2008 International Electroacoustic Music Competition "Musica Nova" sponsored by the Society of Electroacoustic Music of the Czech Republic. Tensile Strength was presented at Electronic Music Midwest (2008), SEAMUS (2009) and ICMC (2009), as well as being featured on the 50th anniversary recording of the Experimental Music Studios of the University of Illinois.

As a music theorist, Dr. Johnson's most recent presentation was "Schisma and Kleisma in Ben Johnston's String Quartet #7: Variations" at Wright State University in 2010, highlighting his research into the microtonal techniques used to create this work. In 2008 Johnson gave a paper entitled "Ben Johnston's Compositional World: 13-limit Extended Just Intonation" at the College Music Society National Conference in Atlanta. He is currently assisting the Kepler Quartet in their recording of Ben Johnston's complete string quartets. Johnson developed original software to create audio realizations of the music for Kepler to use as learning guides.

Recent classical guitar activities include a solo recital on Lewis University's "Arts and Ideas" concert series featuring two of Johnson's own works as well as original transcriptions of Astúrias and Bach's Chaconne from the 2nd violin Partita, a performance of two challenging works of Chicago composer Robert Lombardo on his 80th birthday concert at Roosevelt University (2012), a 2012 recital in South Korea that included Johnson's own Life is But a Dream and Tango Terceira, a performance of a piece for guitar and electronics at the 2009 CMS National Conference in Portland and the premiere of a new work for scordatura guitar at the 2008 CMS Super-Regional Conference in Bloomington-Normal.

As a violist Dr. Johnson performs with the Lake Shore Symphony Orchestra, playing about 9 concerts a year that include subscription concerts and high school outreach concerts.

Dr. Johnson is a dedicated teacher, striving to make his classes worthwhile and enriching for his students. He received a Graduate Teacher Certificate in 2006 in recognition of optional teacher training he took at the University of Illinois during his doctoral studies.