Department of Music

Lee Johnson

Lee Johnson

128 Goodwin Music Building
(334) 844-3167

Lee Johnson is an American composer, conductor, and producer who is actively pursuing new ways of making and presenting symphonic, cross-over, and hybrid music to a global audience. 

Johnson's symphonic compositions have been performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Georgia Film Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Centre for Contemporary Music Moscow, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, the California Symphony Orchestra, the LSO New Music Ensemble, the Vega String Quartet, the Mankato Symphony Orchestra, the Alton Symphony Orchestra, the University City Symphony Orchestra, the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra, the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra, as well as ensembles from the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Auburn University, the University of West Florida, LaGrange College, Minnesota State University, Saint Xavier University and many others. 

He has conducted and recorded his music with the London Symphony Orchestra, The Russian National Orchestra, the London Session Orchestra, the Center for Contemporary Music Moscow, and with numerous session orchestras and session musicians.

Johnson has released CD albums and symphonic film DVD's on the Warner Bros., CCn'C Records, Intersound International, Platinum Records, Deutche Austrophon, Pamplin Music, Compendia Music, Tikal Records, OMI Records, and the Jammates Records Classical labels. Special selections of Johnson's music have also been released on Deutche Grammaphone, Universal Klassics, and the Decca Records labels. 

Johnson's music, as well as his symphonic films, have been broadcast internationally. His critically acclaimed "Dead Symphony no. 6", based on the music of the Grateful Dead, has received dozens of feature magazine and newspaper stories as well as feature broadcasts on Sirius/XM, WNYC of New York, NPR's "Weekend Edition" with Scott Simon, Georgia Public Broadcasting, Minnesota Public Radio, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), and dozens of newspaper feature articles, reviews, and radio interviews from around the US and the internet.

Dead Symphony no. 6 peaked at #20 and spent 3 week’s on Billboard’s Top Classical Albums Charts. 

Lee Johnson's symphonic films, Sandfloor Cathedral and Every Matter Under Heaven have been broadcast on Direct TV's Hope Channel as well as broadcasts on Bayrischer Rundfunk Alpha, and Polish Public Television. 

Johnson's comic chamber opera, Wordsmith was premiered in New York and has received two national tours with the Goliard Ensemble as well as broadcasts on public radio. 

Lee Johnson is the Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Music chair at LaGrange College, in Georgia. He is the developer and director of the B. M. in Composition and Music Technologies and the B.A. in Digital Creative Media and Film degree programs at LaGrange College. 

Lee Johnson began serving as a Visiting Professor at Auburn University in 2019.

Last Updated: April 14, 2020