Sigrid Johnson

2006 F. Melius Christiansen Lifetime Achievement Award
Sigrid Johnson

As the associate conductor of VocalEssence, Sigrid Johnson provides invaluable input on repertoire decisions, choral blend and balance, and in the audition process. Her unique ways of working to achieve excellence in choral blend and intonation have garnered her great praise.

Sigrid is a member of the voice and choral faculty of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and the conductor of the Manitou Singers, St. Olaf's 100-voice first-year women's chorus. Sigrid Johnson maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor and clinician at choral festivals, workshops and allstate music festivals across the country. She is known internationally for her work with musicians at all levels, having conducted workshops in Australia, the Netherlands, Sweden and Finland. In 2002, she was one of the featured lecturers for the Sixth World Symposium on Choral Music.

Sigrid is a member of the American Choral Director's Association, the Music Educator's National Conference, the International Federation for Choral Music and Chorus America. Johnson received a B.M. in vocal performance from St. Cloud State University and an M.M. in voice performance from the University of Michigan.

Formerly on the voice faculty at the University of Minnesota and Gustavus Adolphus College and a former member and associate conductor of the Dale Warland Singers and music director of the Dale Warland Symphonic Chorus, she prepared symphonic choruses for Neemi Jarvi, Sir Neville Mariner, David Zinman, Stanislaw Skrowaczewsky, Gerard Swartz, Edo de Waart, and Leonard Slatkin.