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Paul Johnson earned his Bachelor of Music degree in 1980 from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, before earning his Master of Music degree in 1986 at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. A “Liberace Foundation Scholar” during his graduate years of study, Johnson is currently a faculty member at the Peabody Conservatory. Other institutions attended include the United States Air Force Academy, University of Wisconsin, and the University of Minnesota. Previous positions include faculty appointments at Towson State University, Goucher College, and the Baltimore School for the Arts. In 1999, Johnson was the recipient of the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award.

Johnson’s playing positions have included principal bassist for the Baltimore Opera Company, Concert Artists of Baltimore, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. His major teachers include Eugene Levinson and Harold Robinson. Johnson currently plays as a freelance musician in the Baltimore, Washington DC, and Philadelphia areas, as well as being an active clinician and adjudicator on the East Coast.