Salt Lake Symphony Guest Artist
During his tenure as conductor of the Great Falls Symphony, Gordon
Johnson has been known for his energetic performances and dynamic
leadership. In addition to his responsibilities in Great Falls,
Maestro Johnson maintains a busy schedule having guest conducting
orchestras throughout the United States, Canada, England, Japan,
Germany and France. In February 2009 Johnson was invited by the
United States State Department to conduct an American music program
with the National Philharmonic of Moldova.
Johnson has served as the music director of the Glacier Symphony (MT)
from 1982 to 1997 and later of the Mesa Symphony (AZ) from 1997 to
2005. He served as the director of orchestras at the Red Lodge Music
Festival (MT) from 2006 to 2011.
Gordon Johnson has been recognized by the League of American
Orchestras. the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
(ASCAP) and the Carnegie Hall Foundation for his contribution to the
musical arts. The State of Minnesota conferred a special commendation
to Johnson, on behalf of its citizens, for recognition of his
In addition to the Great Falls Symphony he is conductor of the Great
Falls Youth Orchestra where he is directly involved in the training
future generations of orchestral musicians. He is past President of
the Military Affairs Committee and continues to serve as a member of
the Board of Directors. In 2012 he was awarded the Distinguished
Patriot Medal by the Department of Military Affairs Adjutant General
of the State of Montana.
During his many years of concertizing Johnson has served as a
sympathetic accompanist to many superb musicians including world
renowned artists Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Midori, Sir James Galway,
Evelyn Glennie and Joshua Bell. He has collaborated in concert with
many of America’s most popular artists including Art Garfunkel, Amy
Grant, Trisha Yearwood, Kansas, America, Lee Ann Rimes and Charlie
Maestro Johnson has been invited to serve on adjudication panels at
Arizona State University, the University of Wisconsin, the University
of Montana, University of Oregon, Northwestern University and the
Conservatoire Cesar Geoffray, Toulon, France.
Gordon J. Johnson is currently president of the Conductors Guild, an
organization dedicated exclusively to the advancement of the art of
conducting and to the artistic and professional needs of conductors.