USD Music welcomes acclaimed organist Calvert Johnson

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Department of Music presents a special guest performance by acclaimed organist Calvert Johnson at the United Church of Christ-Congregational in Vermillion at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15.

Johnson, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Music and College Organist at Agnes Scott College (Atlanta, Ga.), has performed in venues throughout the world, including Japan, Mexico, England and several European countries. Some of his most prominent performances include the Piccolo Spoleto Festival; the International Organ Festival of Morelia, Mexico; the Festival of African and African-American Music in New Orleans, La., and in St. Louis, Mo.; the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; and he has recorded programs for Radio-France. Additionally, Johnson has recorded CDs for the Albany, Calcante and Raven labels.

An author of critically-acclaimed volumes on early keyboard music in Europe, Johnson received his M.F.A. and D.M.A. in organ performance from Northwestern University. Through the Fulbright-Hays program and a French Government Grant, Johnson studied at the Toulouse Conservatoire while his additional study has been in Spain, The Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Japan and Korea. Johnson currently teaches organ, harpsichord, sacred music and women in music at Agnes Scott College, and he is also organist at First Presbyterian Church in Marietta, Ga.

A photo of Johnson is available for download at www.usd.edu/press/news/images/releases/Calvert_Johnson.jpg.

Johnson’s recital on March 15 is free and open to the public. For more information about the performance, please contact Susanne Skyrm at (605) 677-5723 or e-mail sskyrm@usd.edu. For additional details about Johnson, go to www.agnesscott.edu/academics/faculty/facultyDetails.aspx?Channel=%2fChannels%2fAdmissions%2fAdmissions+Content&WorkflowItemID=2de450a7-b840-4d72-8177-12ec54d777fe