Artistic Director

William V. Johnson

William V. Johnson, professor emeritus at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California, served as the University’s director of bands and coordinator of instrumental music for 44 years from 1966–2010.

As a guest conductor, lecturer, and clinician, Mr. Johnson has conducted wind ensembles and orchestras in the United States, Canada, Japan, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Switzerland, Austria, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Israel, Korea, Singapore, China, Hungary, and Ireland.

For two terms, 1993–1995 and 2015– 2017, Mr. Johnson served as the president of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE). He was the conference chairman for the ninth WASBE conference held in San Luis Obispo, California, July 5–11, 1999. He also serves as a consultant for World Projects International Music Productions and artistic director for the annual New York Wind Band Festival at Carnegie Hall.

Mr. Johnson was elected into the American Bandmasters Association (ABA) in 1984 and served as host for the 73rd and 82nd ABA conventions held in San Luis Obispo in 2007 and 2016. He is also a member of the College Band Directors National Association and is past president of the Western Division. He is a life member of Kappa Kappa Psi national band fraternity and was the sponsor of Cal Poly‘s Iota Pi chapter. He served as Kappa Kappa Psi‘s national vice president for professional relations.

In 1962 he received his bachelor’s degree in music from the Indiana University School of Music. While at IU he studied euphonium with William Bell, former tuba virtuoso of the New York Philharmonic and the Sousa Band (1902 1971). After serving as director of bands at Seeger Memorial High School in West Lebanon for three years, he joined the band staff at the University of Michigan. While at U of M he studied conducting with Dr. William D. Revelli (1902–1994) and Elizabeth A. H. Green (1906–1995) while earning his graduate degrees in music. He was selected as one of three Distinguished Teachers at Cal Poly. He was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the California Band Directors Association and received the Distinguished Service to Music Medal from Kappa Kappa Psi.

Mr. Johnson is a member of the San Luis Obispo Rotary Club and is board president of Opera San Luis Obispo. Mr. Johnson is a native of Crossville, Tennessee.

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