Lorenzo Johnson Jr.

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Lorenzo Johnson Jr.

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Lorenzo Johnson Jr., tenor, began singing in high school in its choir, and then competing in all-state and solo and ensemble competitions in Dallas, Texas. He earned a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from Florida State University (FSU) in 2021. He graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance. He is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in vocal performance at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), under the instruction of Professor Benjamin Brecher.

While at FSU, Johnson was awarded a graduate teaching assistantship with which he maintained a voice studio, helping beginning singers majoring in music education, music therapy and other primary disciplines.

During his performance career, he has performed in young artist programs in Alaska, Dubai and Italy. He has also performed in Japan as a part of an exchange program with Kobe College and Sam Houston State University.

Johnson has performed in a number of opera productions with UCSB Opera, Florida State Opera, Florida State Opera Outreach, Sam Houston State University Opera Theater, Raven Summer Opera at SHSU, Accademia Vocale Lorenzo Malfatti, and Fairbanks Summer Music Festival. In May 2023, Johnson performed the role of Signor Edouardo Tremolini in UCSB's opera production, "Burning to Sing!" Other roles include The Witch from Engelbert Humperdinck’s "Hansel and Gretel," James Gadshill from Heinrich Marschner’s "Der Vampyr," The Defendant from Gilbert and Sullivan’s "Trial by Jury," Sailor from Henry Purcell’s "Dido and Aeneas," the Realtor from Michael Ching’s "Speed Dating Tonight!," as well as several partial and chorus roles.

Johnson is is becoming well known in the Santa Barbara area. In April 2023 he was awarded second [lace in the Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation Competition at the Music Academy of the West. He was featured as the angel, Uriel, tenor soloist, in Santa Barbara Master Chorale's performance of Haydn's "Creation" in January 2023 and was a featured soloist in Santa Barbara Choral Society's "For the Love of Music" concert in February 2023.

Johnson has been a member of various choral ensembles throughout his singing career. Currently, he serves as tenor section leader in All Saints by the Sea Episcopoal Church in Montecito. He is also a member of the UCSB Gospel Choir, under the direction of Pastor Victor Bell. He served as the tenor section leader of Santa Barbara Choral Society during its 75th Anniversary Celebration (2022-23). During the 2021-2022 season, he joined Festival Singers of Florida under the direction of Kevin Fenton and toured around Florida performing for communities following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Johnson also teaches beginning voice at UCSB.