Meet the Musician: Geoffrey Johnson


Oboist Geoffrey Johnson, the newest member of the DSO, is also the winner of the Orchestra’s 2009-10 African-American Fellowship.  As a DSO Fellow, Geoffrey will perform with the DSO for period of one to two years. Previously, Geoffrey was an oboe fellow with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, where he played as a member of the oboe section during the 2007-08 season.  He also won a two-year fellowship with the Music Masters Orchestra (MMCK), in Tokyo, Japan and most recently he was a member of the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado.

A native of Houston, Texas and the youngest of four siblings, Geoffrey has been the recipient of many awards, including winner of the Houston Young Artists Concerto Competition. Geoffrey has performed with the New World Symphony, the Sarasota Symphony, the Erie Philharmonic, the Honolulu Symphony, the Waco Symphony and the Pittsburgh Opera, and regularly solos with the baroque orchestra Seraphic Fire in Miami.

Geoffrey holds a Master of Music degree in Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with renowned oboist John Mack, former principal of the Cleveland Orchestra, and Frank Rosenwein, principal of the Cleveland Orchestra.  He also holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he studied with Dr. Doris DeLoach.

The DSO’s African American Fellowship program is supported by a grant from the NEA and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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