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Faculty Profile

Wayne Johnson

Wayne Johnson

Professor of Music; Director of Keyboard Studies

Phone: 206-281-2923
Office: Crawford 105

Education: BM, Bob Jones University, 1969; MM, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, 1975; DMA, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, 1986. At SPU since 1977.

Dr. Wayne Johnson, director of SPU's Keyboard Ensemble, began his teaching career at Seattle Pacific University in 1977, and is happy to have never left. He moved to Seattle from Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was a doctoral student and teaching assistant at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. At Seattle Pacific, he teaches music history, keyboard literature, piano, and general education courses. 

Dr. Johnson has also distinguished himself as a performer and recording artist. Since coming to Seattle, he has given hundreds of performances as recitalist, chamber musician, and lecturer in community and university arts events throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and South America. Dr. Johnson has also been closely associated with the piano music of the remarkable composer Alan Hovhaness, and in 1992 he recorded a compact disc of this composer’s solo piano works. 

In 2002, Dr. Johnson released a second CD called Salon Classics From the Golden Age of the Piano, which features neglected gems from the Romantic era. He is in demand as an adjudicator for music competitions and as a guest lecturer and clinician for music teacher organizations both locally and nationally. He currently serves as pianist and accompanist at Magnolia Presbyterian Church.

Selected Publications

  • "A Study of the Piano Works of Alan Hovhaness." Doctoral dissertation, College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati, 1987.
  • "The Silent Keyboard." Clavier, December 1992, 28–30.
  • "When Artistry Embraces Technique." Music Teacher’s National Association Journal, April/May, 2008, 23–25.

Please view Dr. Johnson's CV (PDF) for additional publications.


Faculty Pianist: Wayne Johnson
Serenade, by Franz Schubert, arr. Franz List

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Personal Links

Wayne Johnson's website

Wayne Johnson

Why I Teach at SPU

Wayne Johnson, Director of Keyboard Studies; Professor of Music

"Being a professor of music at Seattle Pacific University allows me to share my love for music with students who are also passionate about it. It also allows me opportunities to fulfill my calling as a performing artist. Teaching is a great way of giving back, encouraging, and nurturing the God-given talent in the wonderful young people we serve at SPU."