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Experience

Molly Johnson, D.M.A., soprano, is an active and versatile performer and stage director. Her professional stage experience has taken her to over 35 states and Canada and has included roles in opera, musical theatre, and drama. One of her specializations is that of outlandish and/or over-the-top female characters. Most recent on her roster of ‘fave femmes’ are the roles of Florence Foster Jenkins, the ‘world’s worst opera singer’ in Souvenir with Painted Sky Opera and Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn in The Music Man In Concert with Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre (CityRep), for which she received a Broadway World Nomination. Other favorites include Rona Lisa Peretti in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Pollard Theatre), Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro (Opera Longview), and The Old Lady in Candide (Nebraska Theatre Caravan). When not on stage, she is often preparing and presenting classical, operatic, musical theatre and sacred repertoire for recital and concert.

Her stage director work has included opera, comic opera, and musical theatre productions at the regional and university level.  Since 2016, Johnson has directed the annual UCO Children’s Opera – a production presented by the UCO students for young audiences. Those productions have included Pirates of Penzance, Sid the Serpent Who Wanted to Sing, and, most recently, Johnny Squeaky, an original adaptation of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi.

Classes Taught

Johnson's teaching areas include undergraduate and graduate applied voice, diction, pedagogy and musical theatre performance and survey/history. Her former students have sung on Broadway, at New York City Opera and with other regional opera and music theatre companies, won state and regional vocal competitions, accepted excellent teaching positions, and been active musicians in their communities and churches.

Professional and Community Involvement

Johnson is a long-time member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and regularly participates as adjudicator for chapter and regional conferences and as a sponsor of students from her studio who compete in the student auditions. In prior years, she served as president of the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter and as treasurer of the North Carolina chapter. She also is a lifetime member of Sigma Alpha Iota and Sword of Honor recipient. For several years, she served as the assistant administrative director of the Martina Arroyo Foundation program Prelude to Performance® in New York City. Martina Arroyo was selected as a Kennedy Center honoree in 2013.

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