Mississippi College

Kristen Johnson

About Me

A native of Meridian, MS and a Mississippi College alumna (2003), Dr. Kristen Johnson, soprano, graduated from the Florida State University with a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance.  During her time as a student, Dr. Johnson was extremely involved in the opera program, both opera outreach and operatic performances with The Florida State Opera.  Mainstage productions at Florida State that have featured Johnson include:  Massenet’s Werther (Sophie, 2005), G.F. Handel’s Giulio Cesare (Cleopatra, 2006), Verdi’s Falstaff (Nannetta, 2006), and Puccini’s La bohème (Musetta, 2007).  The Tallahassee Democrat reviewed Johnson’s performance by saying, “Kristen Johnson was an attractive, flirtatious, and big-voiced Musetta.” Still an active participant in the arts for her hometown, Meridian, MS, Dr. Johnson has been a guest artist for the Meridian Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Conductor, Dr. Claire Fox Hillard.  Johnson appeared during the 2006-2007 season as Micaela in MSO’s concert version of Bizet’s Carmen in May 2007, and returned to sing the role of Gabriel in the Meridian Symphony’s 2008 production of Haydn’s Creation.  In July 2009, Johnson performed in Brugge, Belgium with the Intermezzo Opera Company in Maury Yeston's musical Nine in the lead role of Luisa Contini.  Recent engagements included an appearance with the Meridian Symphony (Beethoven Choral Fantasy, soprano soloist) in May 2011, and a Lincoln Center debut in New York City (Jan 2012) where Johnson was the soprano soloist for the performance of John Rutter's Mass for the Children, conducted by Dr. James Meaders. 

Dr. Johnson joined the music faculty at Mississippi College in the fall of 2008.  While maintaining a large vocal studio (both collegiate and private) and directing all operatic and musical theatre productions at MC, Johnson has remained an active performer in the Jackson area.  Recent performances include collaboration with the Brick Streets Trio (jazz trio comprised of fellow faculty members from Mississippi College) from Clinton, MS.  In January 2013, Johnson and the Brick Streets Trio performed a tribute concert to George and Ira Gershwin.  This concert was featured on Mississippi Opera’s 2012-2013 Underground Cabaret Series.  Johnson is also engaged to perform the leading soprano role of Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte for Mississippi Opera in April 2013.    



Class Schedule

Fall 2012

  • MUS 414 - Voice Seminar
    TBA, TBA, JPW Recital Hall - Aven Hall

Spring 2013

  • MUS131/132 - Applied Voice
    TBA, TBA, Aven 205
  • MUS331/332 - Applied Voice-upper level
    TBA, TBA, Aven 205
  • MUS431/432 - Applied Voice-Performance
    TBA, TBA, Aven 205
  • MUS6531/2 - Applied Voice - Graduate
    TBA, TBA, Aven 205
  • MUS 068/16 - Opera Workshop
    MWF, 1-230pm, JPW recital hall