Jeffrey Johnson joined the University as Director of the Music Program in 1998. Acclaimed by students for his high-energy teaching, Johnson was named Distinguished Teacher of the Year in 2002. Johnson earned his teaching stripes at the Boys Choir of Harlem, where he served as Associate Director of Artistic Education from 1994-1998.
He earned a B.S. in Composition from Ithaca College, an M.A. from the Eastman School of Music, and a D.M.A. in Composition from Boston University. His teachers have included Pulitzer Prize winners including Karel Husa, Joseph Schwantner, and Stephen Albert.
Johnson is a published author and recognized expert in his field. His first two books drew upon set theory and graph theory from mathematics to develop compositional possibilities in music. His more recent scholarship, resulting in publication of two additional books, explores historical features of performance practice. Johnson reviews classic music for the Stamford Advocate and the Hartford Courant and serves on the Board of the Bridgeport Symphony.