School of Music

University of Florida International Piano Festival

Emile Naoumoff
Guest Artist Faculty

Emile Naoumoff is professor of music in piano at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he has been on faculty since 1998. He has been likened to both Vladimir Horowitz and Arthur Rubinstein as a pianist, displaying -- as one critic remarked -- the fire of the former and the poetry of the latter. He was also signed as a composer at age 18 -- the youngest on their roster -- with the music publisher Schott, Mainz. Emile revealed himself as a musical prodigy at age five, taking up the piano and adding composition to his studies a year later. At the age of seven, after a fateful meeting in Paris, he became the last disciple of Nadia Boulanger, who referred to him as "The gift of my old age."
 

Naoumoff studied with her until her death in late 1979. During this auspicious apprenticeship, Mlle. Boulanger gave him the opportunity to work with Clifford Curzon, Igor Markevitch, Robert and Gaby Casadesus, Nikita Magaloff, Jean Francaix, Leonard Bernstein, Soulima Stravinsky, Aram Khachaturian and Yehudi Menhuin. Lord Menhuin conducted the premiere of Emile's first piano concerto, with the composer as a soloist when he was ten years old. At the same time, he pursued studies at the Paris Conservatory with Lelia Gousseau, Pierre Sancan, Genevieve Joy-Dutilleux, as well as at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris with Pierre Dervaux (conducting).

Upon the death of Mlle. Boulanger, Naoumoff took over her classes at the summer sessions of the Conservatoire d'Art Americain in Fontainebleau. He was later appointed at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique, Paris.

Naoumoff is regularly invited by the world's premier orchestras: the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the Berlin Symphony, the Vienna Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony in Washington, Moscow Symphony, NHK Symphony, the Residentie Orkest of the Hague, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, Camerata Bern, and has worked closely with conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Igor Markevitch, Leonard Slatkin, Mstislav Rostropovich and Eliahu Inbal. He has also collaborated with musicians including Jean-Pierre Rampal, Gerard Souzay, Yo-Yo Ma, Gary Hoffman, Olivier Charlier, Patrice Fontanarosa, Regis Pasquier, Philippe Graffin, Philippe Bernold, Gerard Caussé, Jean Ferrandis, Dominique de Williencourt and the Fine Arts Quartet.

Some highlights of his performing career include a performance of the Grieg Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and his own piano concerto version of Moussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. under the baton of Mstislav Rostropovich. In recent years Emile has been invited to numerous music festivals such as San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music's Menuhin Seminars, Santander Summer Masterclasses, Verbier Academy Festival, the Banff Center, and residencies at Conservatory of Barcelona (ESMUC). In 1996, he opened his own summer academy at the Château de Rangiport in Gargenville, France, in the spirit of Nadia Boulanger.

He is an avid composer of French mélodies, and is known for his mastery in transcribing music for the piano. He maintains a video journal of daily improvisations on his YouTube channel.

Ksenia Nosikova
Guest Artist Faculty

Pianist Ksenia Nosikova has been praised as “First rate” (Fono Forum), “Full of dramatic intensity” (International Piano), “Phenomenal instrumentalist; absorbing, dramatic, compelling, and riveting” (Fanfare Magazine), “Impressive musicianship, musically very poetic” (Boston Globe), and “Refined sensibility and exquisite pianism” (New York Concert Reviews). The scope of her concert engagements across the globe expands from professional concert venues, such as Shanghai City Hall in China, City Hall Theatre in Hong Kong, Chetham’s International Piano Series in England, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City, and Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago, to major academic institutions, including over 170 American universities’ guest artist series. Her extensive repertoire list reflects her commitment to presenting diverse programs of masterworks and lesser-known compositions and includes over 30 piano concertos.   

Ksenia Nosikova has recorded for Profil Medien, Hänssler Classic, Albany Records, Centaur Records, and Capstone Records labels.  Among her twelve critically acclaimed CD recordings are the complete three volumes of “Years of Pilgrimage” by Franz Liszt, called an “outstanding achievement” by Classics Today and “super disc” by London’s “International Piano” magazine. In 2021 her double CD set of Aus Meinem Tagebuch (From my Diary), Op. 82 by Max Reger was released by Centaur Records.  Most recently, as a member of Avita Duo (violin and piano), she recorded “Twenty-Four Preludes” and Oskolki by contemporary Russian-born American composer Lera Auerbach, which were released by Hänssler Classic in the spring of 2022.

Dr. Nosikova is a graduate of Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and University of Colorado.  Among her most influential teachers are Mikhail Voskresensky, Norma Fisher, and Robert Spillman. Currently, she is a Professor and Chair of Piano Department at the University of Iowa and a member of the artist faculties of Semper International Music Festival (Italy) and Wiener MusikSeminar International Master Classes (Austria). Dr. Nosikova has presented over 300 guest master classes and frequently serves on judging panels.  Her students have excelled in numerous competitions, including first prizes at the First Swiss, Charleston, Liszt Garrison, Golden Classical Music Awards, 2020 Salzburg Grand Prize Virtuoso Solo, ​​​​​Second Slaka PianoArt, and Moscow International Music Competitions.  They have been hired by institutions of higher education in US and abroad and accepted to leading US music programs, such as Curtis, Juilliard, Colburn, Eastman, NEC, and Peabody.  Many of them have been awarded fellowships and scholarships at prestigious summer programs, including Gilmore Festival, London International Masterclasses, Semper International Festival, Weiner MusikSeminar, Rebecca Penneys International Piano Festival, and Amalfi Coast International Music Festival, among others.

Ksenia Nosikova is a member of the American Liszt Society’s National Board of Directors and Artistic Director of “Piano Sundays at Old Capitol” Concert Series. She is a Steinway Artist and 2021 Steinway Teacher Hall of Fame inductee.

Hugh Sung
Disklavier Remote Artist Teacher

Hugh Sung has been hailed as one of the finest collaborative pianists of his generation. Hugh has performed and recorded with the likes of violinists Aaron Rosand, Hilary Hahn, and Leila Josefowicz; flutists Julius Baker, Jeffrey Khaner, Jasmine Choi, and Gary Schocker; and composers Jennifer Higdon, Robert Maggio, and Harold Boatrite. He has also worked extensively with the Philadelphia and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras. Hugh served on the faculty of The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia for 19 years as its Director of Student Recitals and Instrumental Accompaniment.

In 2008, Hugh co-founded AirTurn, a company that creates hands-free page-turning pedals for digital sheet music.

In 2014, Hugh joined the roster of ArtistWorks, the premiere online music and art school that teaches students through an extensive video curriculum combined with the innovative Video Exchange system, enabling him to work one-on-one with students anywhere in the world.

Hugh continues to perform around the world, and currently serves as the Director of Institutional Solutions for Cunningham Piano, representing Yamaha and Bösendorfer pianos.

Kevin Robert Orr
Masterclass Teacher

Concert pianist Kevin Robert Orr pursues a dynamic agenda as performer, professor, masterclass clinician, lecturer and adjudicator that has taken him to major music institutions and festivals across North America, Europe, China, South Korea and Australia.

Orr’s critically acclaimed solo recordings include the complete sonatas and ballades of Johannes Brahms, and the piano concerto and sonata of Samuel Barber. Gramophone (UK) wrote "Within four bars, I recognise that a formidable, seasoned artist is at work...two minutes into the sonata's first movement and I'm hooked by Kevin Robert Orr's huge sound, pliable command of Brahms's thick writing, bracing sense of rhythm, and generous phrasing."

Similarly, American Record Guide (USA) remarked, "This is first-rate playing, expressive and assured," and Piano News (Germany) noted: “The dramatis personae of the Allegro maestoso, portrayed through the right and left hands, are firmly and effectively directed in Orr’s intensively expressive interpretation."

A strong advocate of the music of living composers, Orr has premiered and recorded solo and ensemble works by composers Jennifer Margaret Barker, Paul Basler, Houston Dunleavy, Paul Richards, Robert Rollin, and John Weinsweig, The 2005 release of Barker’s CD “Geenyoch” features Orr on the composer’s 2001 solo piano work, Geenyoch Ballant, a performance about which critic Jon Conrad wrote Orr performed "brilliantly."

Collaborations have paired Orr with such internationally acclaimed artists as Karl Leister (clarinet, Berlin Philharmonic), James Thompson (trumpet, Montreal Symphony) and the Jupiter Quartet. Orr’s performances of both new and standard classical repertoire have been heard on Public Radio throughout the United States.

A Steinway Artist, Dr. Orr is Professor of Piano and Director of the School of Music at the University of Florida.

Jasmin Arakawa
Festival Director

Hailed by Gramophone for her ‘characterful sparkle’, Jasmin Arakawa has performed widely in North America, Central and South America, Europe, China and Japan. A prizewinner of the Jean Françaix International Music Competition, she has been heard at Carnegie Hall, Salle Gaveau in Paris and Victoria Hall in Geneva, as well as in broadcasts of the BBC and Radio France. She has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Philips Symfonie Orkest in Amsterdam, Orquestra Sinfonica de Piracicaba in Brazil, and several orchestras in her native Japan. 

Other performance highlights include guest artist appearances at the Toronto Summer Festival, Ribadeo International Music Festival in Spain, Bicentenaire de Chopin in Switzerland, Scotiabank Northern Lights Music Festival in Mexico, Festival de Música de Cámarain Peru, Festival Internacional de Música Erudita de Piracicaba in Brazil, Fazioli Piano Pure Series in Chicago and Distinguished Concerts International New York. Arakawa released her debut solo album Klavierabendon MSR Classics to critical acclaim, praised by American Record Guide for her ‘rich lyricism’ and ‘supreme clarity’.

She has a special interest in Spanish repertoire, which grew out of a series of lessons with Alicia de Larrocha. As a prizewinner of the Competition in the Performance of Music from Spain and Latin America and under the sponsorship of the Spanish Embassy, she subsequently recorded solo and chamber pieces by Spanish and Latin American composers.

Arakawa has collaborated with notable artists including cellists Colin Carr and Gary Hoffman, flutists Jean Ferrandis and Marina Piccinini, clarinetist James Campbell, and the Penderecki String Quartet. In addition, she has served as Collaborative Pianist in Residence at the Banff Centre in Canada for three seasons. An advocate of new music, Arakawa has premiered and performed numerous contemporary works. Recently she released the complete works of Witold Lutosławski for violin and piano on PARMA Recordings with Canadian violinist Véronique Mathieu.

Jasmin Arakawa is a graduate of Tokyo University of the Arts. She holds Doctor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she studied with Emile Naoumoff. A recipient of the 2016 Steinway Top Teacher Award, she has given master classes at China Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Conservatorio Nacional de Música in Peru, Instituto Baccarelli in Brazil, and numerous universities in the United States and Canada. Having previously served at Western Illinois University and the University of South Alabama, Arakawa is Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Area Coordinator at the University of Florida, as well as Director of the Florida International Piano Festival.

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Hsiang Tu
Festival Faculty

Praised by The New York Times for his "eloquent sensitivity," The Boston Intelligencer for his "impeccable technique," and Fanfare for his “Chameleon-like ability to move between composers,” pianist Hsiang Tu has graced the audience with his wide range of repertoire and creative programming. Current projects include the complete cycles of piano solo works by Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel and thematic recitals featuring animal-themed music. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, he debuted in New York at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center as the winner of The Juilliard School Concerto Competition and has performed in venues all over the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, National Museum Cardiff, and National Recital Hall in Taipei.                                                          

A prize winner at the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the Iowa International Piano Competition, and the American Paderewski Piano Competition, Mr. Tu has appeared with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, and the World Civic Orchestra, among others. He has given masterclasses throughout the U.S., including the University of Southern California, Penn State University, Peabody Conservatory Preparatory Division, and the University of Tennessee. Last Spring, Hsiang was invited for a short residency as a visiting professor at the University of Taipei and released an outreach video in collaboration with the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation. During the 2021-2022 school year, Mr. Tu performed solo recitals in over a dozen universities across six states.   

Before being appointed as an Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Florida, Mr. Tu taught at Virginia Tech, the University of New Hampshire, Utah Valley University, and Snow College. He studied with Hung-Kuan Chen, Jerome Lowenthal, and HaeSun Paik, and holds a B.M. in Piano Performance from the University of Calgary and an M.M. and D.M.A. in Piano Performance from The Juilliard School. His debut solo CD, Bestiary on Ivory, is on Bridge Records, and an upcoming CD featuring the music of Chopin will be released later in 2022. For more info, please visit hsiangtu.com.

Evan Mitchell
Festival Faculty

Pianist Evan Mitchell's recent highlights include solo performances on the prestigious Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts series (Chicago), at Merkin Concert Hall (NYC), and at several major venues in Shanghai; concerti with the symphony orchestras of Dallas and Fort Worth; and recitals with such major figures as double bassist Gary Karr, flutists Leone Buyse and Jim Walker, and clarinetist Corrado Giuffredi. 

Dr. Mitchell’s recording of world premieres with bassist Szymon Marciniak is earning rave reviews; Bass World called their performances “intoxicating,” deeming this “a seminal recording.” He is also featured on “Piano de Pampa y Jungla: A Collection of Latin American Piano Music.”

Dr. Mitchell has made repeat appearances on the Cliburn at the Modern and Mount Vernon Music series. Other performance affiliations include Avant Chamber Ballet, Fort Worth Opera, and Texas Winds. From 2014 to 2022 he was a featured artist on the TCA Texas Touring Roster, and over the past ten years he has given more than 350 performances for Cliburn in the Classroom. A frequent guest clinician, Dr. Mitchell has given recitals and masterclasses at Radford University, Southwestern University, Texas Woman’s University, the University of Memphis, Virginia Tech, and others.

Dr. Mitchell received the DMA degree from Texas Christian University, and MM and BM degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. His principal teachers have included John Owings, Arnaldo Cohen, and the late José Feghali. He has served on the faculty of Tarrant County College, as President of the Fort Worth Music Teachers Association, and in 2021 was inducted into the Steinway & Sons Teacher Hall of Fame. Evan Mitchell joins the UF School of Music as Assistant Professor of Piano starting in the Fall 2022 semester. For more information, please visit www.evanmitchell.net.

Leslie Odom
Music Theory

Dr. Leslie Odom is Associate Professor of Oboe and Music Theory at the University of Florida.  Her teachers include Richard Killmer (Eastman School of Music), James Lakin (University of Iowa), Malcolm Smith, (Butler University), and Marion Gibson (Principal Oboe, Louisville Symphony Orchestra).  Dr. Odom received her Bachelor of Music in Oboe Performance from Butler University, in Indianapolis, Indiana; her Master of Music in Music Theory and her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Oboe Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.  She also received the coveted Performer’s Certificate during her doctoral work.  Dr. Odom was Principal Oboe on the CBS Masterworks recording (1988) with the Eastman Wind Ensemble.

She was awarded first runner-up in the Graduate Performance Competition during the Sigma Alpha Iota National Convention held at Tucson, Arizona in 1988.  Prior to moving to Gainesville, Dr. Odom performed with the Indianapolis Symphony, as Principal Oboe with the Indianapolis Opera Company, the Quad Cities Symphony (Davenport, Iowa) and as Principal Oboe with the Cedar Rapids, IA, Symphony.  Since moving to Gainesville in 1989, Dr. Odom has performed with the Jacksonville, FL, Symphony, as Principal Oboe with the Flagler (Florida) Symphony, and is currently Principal Oboe of the Gainesville Orchestra.  Dr. Odom is an active performer in Europe, South America, and Canada.  She attended both the Aspen and Tanglewood Music Festivals, was a Guest Artist in Residence at the Banff, Canada, Centre for the Arts, and worked as a faculty member at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan.  A member of the International Double Reed Society, Dr. Odom regularly performs at the Society’s Annual Conferences.  Along with performing, Dr. Odom writes reviews of music and compact disks for the Society’s Journal.  She is also a member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, currently serving her second term as National President.  

Laura Dallman Rorick
Music History & Piano Literature

Dr. Dallman (Laura Dallman Rorick) is a musicologist with a focus on orchestral music and performance in the 20th and 21st centuries. Her dissertation, “The Significance of Accessibility in American Orchestral Music,” addresses accessibility in regards to the symphony and symphonic works by Aaron Copland, Michael Daugherty, and Jennifer Higdon.  

Dr. Dallman received a Bachelor of Music in piano from Ball State University (2007) and both a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy in musicology from Indiana University (2009, 2017). She has presented her research at conferences in the United States, Ireland, England, and Wales. In her spare time, Dr. Dallman enjoys running, gardening, traveling, and reading a good book.

José Valentino Ruiz
Music Production/Music Entrepreneurship

Considered by many to be one of the most trailblazing multi-hyphenates of his generation, Dr. Ruiz is an expert in music & media, television, global outreach & community development, and education industries. To date and within five continents, Dr. Ruiz has performed 1400+ concerts; produced 90+ albums; produced 30 nationally-televised film scores & jingles; keynoted empirical research presentations at 50+ universities; and facilitated 40+ mission trips in partnership with numerous organizations (i.e., Boundless Global, World Relief, among others). His artistry and scholarship have been featured nationally and internationally in the USA Today, Billboard, Yahoo!, ESPN, PBS, Fox, CBS, ABC, Univision, Telemundo, and NBC, to name a few.

Distinctions in Arts Entrepreneurship in Professional Practice and Research:

EMMY® Award Winning music producer and saxophonist (i.e.: 2018 Best Cultural Documentary); GRAMMY® Award Winning composer and flutist (i.e.: 2020 Best Contemporary Classical Composition); GRAMMY® Award Winning album audio engineer and flutist (i.e.: 2019 Best Christian Album in Spanish Language); GRAMMY® Award Nominated artist, composer, producer, and audio engineer (i.e.: 2015 Best Latin Jazz/Jazz Album); GRAMMY® Award Nominated album producer and mastering engineer, and arranger (i.e.: 2016 Best Instrumental Album); a 53-time DOWNBEAT® Music Award Winning performer, engineer, bandleader, and audio engineer (i.e.: Dr. Ruiz is the record holder; categories include Jazz Soloist, Small Jazz Group, Blues/Pop/Rock Soloist, Blues/Pop/Rock Group, Latin Group, Studio Engineered Recording, Live Engineered Recording, & Classical Soloist); AVA Digital® Award Winning (Gold Medal) lead music producer, supervisor of music and audio production, and mastering engineer (i.e.: 2021 Best Music Video). Fast Company's 2022 Top 10 Most Innovative Companies  (category: video) -- Recipient is the company, Hayden5, for which Dr. Ruiz is Resident Media Composer.

Moreover, Dr. Ruiz is a Global Music® Award Winning album producer and audio engineer (i.e.: 2018 Best Meditative Album); Global Music® Award Winning album producer, featured artist, mixing engineer, & record label executive (i.e.: 2022 Nuevor Flamenco Album); 2022 International Commissioned Composer® for the Guitar Foundation of America International Mentorship Program; 2017 Parents' Choice® Award Winning Gold Medal Album musician and audio engineer (i.e.: 2017 Best Children's Album); 2021 UF Preeminence Term Professor Nominee (16 out of approximately 5000 professors);  a JRME National Doctoral Dissertation Award finalist; 5-time UK Music Industry® Award Winner (i.e.: Best Instrumental Product); 2019 Society of Arts Entrepreneurship Research Impact Award Nominee, 2021 Hillsborough County Commendation (Tampa Bay) recipient for Excellence in Cultural Entrepreneurship; 2021 USF Outstanding Young Alumni® Award Winner (6 of 100k alumni); 2019 Big Easy Entertainment® Award Winning featured flute and saxophone artist, producer, and audio engineer (i.e., Best World Music Album); 2006 Yamaha Young Performing Artist® Award Winner (Flute); 2017 For Bass Players Only® Magazine Featured Artist of November, among other awards and recognitions.

Elizabeth Johnson
Alexander Technique

Elizabeth Johnson’s professional dance training began at North Carolina School of the Arts where she studied with many historically notable teachers. She earned a BFA with honors from George Mason University, receiving the Department of Dance Award for Academic Excellence, and her MFA in Performance and Choreography from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) where she was awarded the first Patricia Knowles Scholarship for graduate student excellence and the Wanda M. Nettl prize for student choreography.  

Since 2004, her contemporary repertory company, Your Mother Dances (formerly based in Milwaukee), has produced her original work alongside established choreographers from across the country (David Parker, Sara Hook, Gerald Casel, Trey McIntyre, Molly Rabinowitz, Heinz Poll, Luc Vanier, Erika Randall, Anna Sapozhnikov, Dawn Springer) as well as emergent regional and local artists. Johnson's choreography has been seen in New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Minneapolis, Louisville, New Haven, CT, Fort Worth, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and has been selected for Gala performance at the American College Dance Association.

As a professional performer, Johnson has toured nationally and internationally as a company member with New York City’s David Parker and The Bang Group and also danced with Sara Hook Dances (NYC & IL), and Molly Rabinowitz Liquid Grip (NYC). She has also performed distinguished classical and contemporary works by Marius Petipa, George Balanchine, Frederick Ashton, Salvatore Aiello, Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer, Rachel Lampert, Mark Morris, Cynthia Oliver, Luc Vanier, Trey McIntyre, and Heinz Poll and has served as rehearsal director for works by Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, Sara Hook, Rebecca Stenn, Daniel Gwirtzman, Rebecca Bryant, and Maria Gillespie.

A somatic educator and practitioner, Johnson holds a Graduate Laban Certificate of Movement Analysis from Columbia College Chicago’s Department of Creative Arts Therapies where she garnered the Warren Lamb Tuition Scholarship. She is also a dual certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique (AmSAT, ATI), teaching private students and guest teaching in Alexander Teacher training courses in the United States (Alexander Technique Milwaukee, Salt Lake City Alexander Technique) and South America (Escuela Técnica Alexander Buenos Aires, Escuela Uruguaya de Técnica Alexander). Johnson is also a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator (RSMT/E), Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200) and continues her somatic education/certification in Dynamic Embodiment-Somatic Movement Therapy Training (DM-SMTT) with Dr. Martha Eddy (NYC).

Her academic teaching and research include the integration of aesthetics, anatomy, kinesiology, and somatic inquiry into dance technique teaching, Dance Composition pedagogy, and exploring feminist theory, embodiment, relationship, and popular culture trends and ironies in her choreographies. Her creative work—rooted in autobiography and her love/hate relationship with popular culture—seeks to subvert cultural tropes regarding propriety, relationships, and women’s bodies as objects/commodities.

At UF, Johnson has collaborated with SoTD colleagues to set choreography for plays (The Seagull, Voices From the March). She is also enthusiastically working with the Center for the Arts in Medicine and the College of Medicine's Department of Neurology considering best practices/protocols for dance/movement interventions for Multiple Sclerosis patients (Dance for MS pilot) and part of a larger multi-site collaboration on Dance and MS with the UF Center for the Arts in Medicine, Georgetown University Arts and Humanities Program/MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Department of Neurology, and  Scottish Ballet. 

Johnson's guest teaching and/or choreographic residencies include the University of Utah's Utah Ballet Summer Intensive (UBSI), Valdosta State University, Stephens College, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Texas Christian University, Milwaukee Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet Summer Intensive, Danceworks Milwaukee Performance Company, Wild Space Dance Company, and the American College Dance Association regional conferences. She has presented her written, embodied, and creative research at the International Somatic Movement Education & Therapy Association (ISMETA), International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS), National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT), Body-Mind Centering Association (BMCA), University of Southern Florida Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA), Southeastern Women’s Studies Association (SEWSA), and Motus Humanus national conferences. 

Internationally, Johnson has taught master classes at the University of Chile (Santiago), DUOC (Santiago), Universidad Nacional de La Plata, SODRE National Ballet School (Montevideo Uruguay), LA CASA Centro de Formación y Producción Artística (La Plata Argentina), Formación de Artistas Contemporáneos para la Escena (FACE) (Buenos Aires), La Fabrica (Buenos Aires), and the mixed-ability dance company Compañía de Danza Sin Fronteras (Dance Without Frontiers) (Buenos Aires).

International presentations include the Somatic Pedagogies & Performative Practices Symposium at University College Cork (Ireland), Colloque Cybercorporéités: subjectivités nomades en contexte numérique at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), 11th International Alexander Technique Congress (Chicago), CORPS de Ballet International annual conference (Florence, Italy), the International Symposium on Practice as Research (Hong Kong), The Fourth International Dance and Somatic Practices Conference at Coventry University (England), and the Movementis conference on Movement: Brain, Body, Cognition annual conference (Harvard Medical School). 

Johnson is co-author and author of three book chapters featuring Alexander Technique and developmental movement applications that promote conscious embodiment in response to new media technologies (University of Quebec/PUQ and Intellect publishers), student stress and trauma in the ballet class/studio (Intellect publishers), and the psychophysical demands of arts performance (Springer International Publishing). She has been an editor for the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) Journal and is on the Journal of Dance Education (JODE) Review Board. 

Now an Associate Professor in the School of Theatre and Dance, Johnson has also served as Dance faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Texas Tech University. 

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