Associate Professor of Clarinet
Kelly Johnson is principal clarinetist with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Associate Professor of Clarinet at the University of Central Arkansas. Johnson has been a soloist at several International Clarinet Conventions including the 2007 International Clarinet Convention in Vancouver, Canada, the 2005 International Clarinet Association Convention in Tokyo, Japan and the 1998 International Clarinet Association Convention in Ohio. She also performed at the 1999 International Clarinet Association Convention in Belgium where she released her solo CD titled Clarinet Unlimited, which features the clarinet works of Belgian composer Norbert Goddaer. Johnson's new CD project, Child’s Play: Stories, Songs, and Dances that features the works of Philip Parker, Eric Mandat, Rodney Rogers and Jim David will be released later this year. Johnson received her Master of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from Arizona State University where she served as teaching assistant for the ASU Clarinet Studio. Selected as Outstanding Graduate Performance Student in 1994, she completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Clarinet Performance from ASU in 1999. Former teachers include Dr. Robert Spring and Dr. Russell Coleman.