Calvert Johnson is the Charles A. Dana Professor Emeritus of Music and College Organist Emeritus, Agnes Scott College, and retired Organist, First Presbyterian, Marietta, Georgia. At Agnes Scott, he taught courses in Sacred Music, Women in Music, Music before 1750, Music of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as organ and harpsichord lessons. Johnson earned the doctorate and master’s in organ performance at Northwestern University, where he studied with Karel Paukert, and the bachelor’s at Kalamazoo College, where he studied with Danford Byrens (organ, harpsichord) and Mary Beth Birch (piano). Kalamazoo’s Alumni Association awarded him the 2016 Distinguished Achievement Award. Through the Fulbright-Hays program he studied at Toulouse Conservatoire (Premier Prix) with Xavier Darasse. He also studied in Spain, Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Japan and Korea.
His recording Chicago Renaissance Woman: Florence B. Price Organ Works won the third annual prize by the Society for American Music. Hildegard, ClarNan, Vivace Press, Wayne Leupold Editions, and G. K. Hall publish his editions of music by women. He has published many editions of keyboard music by French and English women composers of the 18th and 19thcenturies. Author of critically acclaimed volumes on Spain, Italy, England, and Netherlands (Historical Organ Techniques and Repertoire: An Historical Survey of Organ Performance Practices and Repertoire, Wayne Leupold Editions), Johnson has lectured at Oxford, Bordeaux, Tokyo, among other prominent locations.
Past national Treasurer and Past Dean of the Atlanta and Tulsa chapters of the AGO, Johnson’s bio is in the International Who’s Who in Music and Who’s Who in Music in America. He has been President of the Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society, Chair of the Board of the ArtReach Foundation, Chair of the Committee on Cultural Inclusion of the College Music Society, and Chair of the annual MLK, Jr. Concert of the Anti-Racism Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. He is currently Concert Manager for Casual Classics Concert Series of Jasper GA, and a member of the Board of Directors of the North Georgia Community Foundation.