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Dr. Sheldon Johnson
As an active soloist, Dr. Johnson has presented performances at the North American Saxophone Alliance’s Biennial Conference, the College Music Society’s Regional Conference, as soloist with the Bowling Green State University Philharmonia, the Roanoke Youth Symphony Orchestra, and in many other public recitals and concerts. As a chamber musician, Dr. Johnson has performed as part of the St. Olavfestdagene in Trondheim, Norway, the United States Navy Band’s International Saxophone Symposium, the Treetops Chamber Music Society’s subscription concert series, the University of South Carolina’s Southern Exposure concert series, and as part of a film project with
artist Matthew Barney. As winner of the 2011 concerto competition, Sheldon performed Lars Erik Larsson’s Konzert for alto saxophone and string orchestra with the Bowling Green State University’s Philharmonia. Additionally, Sheldon has appeared in concert with the Spartanburg Philharmonic, the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra Augusta, Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, and the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra.
Before joining the faculty at Radford University, Dr. Johnson was previously the saxophone instructor at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina and the Toledo School for the Arts in Toledo, Ohio. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance from Northwestern University, a Master of Music in Performance from Bowling Green State University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of South Carolina. His saxophone teachers include David Jacobsen, Frederick L. Hemke, John Sampen, Bryson Borgstedt, and Clifford Leaman.