Conductor

Dr. Scott Johnson, co-chair of the Department of Music, is serving as the Interim Conductor of The Augustana Orchestra.  Johnson is associate professor of music, music education instructor and musical theatre director. He was instrumental in building the Augustana College and Community Orchestra when first joining Augustana in 1993.  He previously served as coordinator of instrumental music at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and director of orchestral studies at the University of Central Arkansas, Conway. During the summer of 1998, he directed the Lutheran Summer Music orchestra. He is recognized as a conductor, clinician and adjudicator of music festivals throughout the Midwest. He has served as either principal or section bassist with fourteen different orchestras in South Dakota, Arkansas, Illinois and Minnesota. He has also served as a member of the South Dakota Symphony Board of Directors. After earning a bachelor of arts degree with emphasis in orchestral conducting from Macalester College, he received the master of music in orchestral conducting from Illinois State University and the doctor of philosophy in music education from Northwestern University.