School of Arts & Communication: Music
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331
Lawrence Johnson is the French horn instructor at Oregon State University, where he leads the horn and brass ensembles. He is also currently a staff conductor with the Portland Youth Philharmonic, where he conducts the Conservatory Orchestra and the Wind Ensemble. An active solo performer, Johnson has appeared with orchestras across Europe and Asia, as well as in many cities in the United States. His professional credits include principal horn with Philharmonia Hungarica of Germany, assistant principal horn for the Oregon Symphony and regular appearances with Seattle Opera's Wagner Ring productions since 1976.
Johnson recently returned from China, where he performed as a guest soloist and first horn with the Henan Symphony Orchestra.
Johnson has performed at many of the music festivals throughout the Northwest, including the Oregon Bach, Sun River, Cascade, and Oregon Coast music festivals. Additionally, he runs two summer music camps in Wallowa County, Oregon.
Johnson holds master's degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Puget Sound. His previous teaching credits include Portland State University, Lewis and Clark College, Mt. Hood Community College, Clackamas Community College and the Musikschule Bocholt in Germany.
Lawrence Johnson makes his home in Oregon City, Oregon, with his wife Amy, a former professional horn player who is now a certified public accountant, and his son.