TERRE JOHNSON holds degrees in choral music from Troy University, Auburn University, and Florida State University, and serves as Director of Choral Activities and Chair of the Department of Music at Houston Baptist University.
Prior to coming to HBU, Dr. Johnson's career included conducting every kind of choir, from church music to professional conducting to teaching in public schools and universities. Having moved from Birmingham, Alabama, he was Minister of Music at the Vestavia Hills Baptist Church for twelve years, and is an ordained minister. He founded and conducted the acclaimed Birmingham Chamber Chorus and the Southeastern Chamber Orchestra. A Life Member of the American Choral Directors Association, he has served as National Chair for Music in Worship and is currently National Chair for Lifelong Singing, providing resources and advocacy for those who conduct in houses of worship or community chorus settings. In addition, he serves as Editor for ACDA's new national publication for Music in Worship, "Hallelujah, Amen!" His compositions are published by Morning Star Music Publishers, Chorister's Guild and Southeastern Music. Prior to his tenure in Birmingham, Dr. Johnson was Conductor-in-Residence for Midamerica Productions in New York, and Music Director of the New Jersey Choral Society. His fourteen concerts in Carnegie Hall have met with critical success. In his debut performance in 1996 the music was "splendidly presented," according to Bill Zakariasen in The Westsider. In 2004 the New York Times lauded the "robust choral sound" his chorus produced in a concert featuring Metropolitan Opera Soprano Angela Brown, and narrated by Academy Award Winner Olympia Dukakis. While in New York he became closely associated with composer and conductor John Rutter, and in addition to sharing the concert stage, traveled around the country to prepare over 100 choruses for performances with him. While at Florida State University, he became accompanist and rehearsal assistant to Robert Shaw, who visited the campus frequently to conduct concerts.
Terre Johnson has three children. Daughter Cameron Weiler is Choral Director at Enterprise High School in Alabama, daughter Kelly is an elementary school teacher in Port St. Joe, Florida, and son Christopher is a medical student at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
2018 Breakout Sessions
My Most Important Ministry Lesson
Ministry leadership is often confusing and challenging, but lessons are learned along the way that offer hope amidst the difficulty. Join these church leaders as they each share their most important ministry lessons, followed by an invitation to discuss.
Writing Materials for Worship
From liturgy to creativity: how we can use our text and musical writing to enable our congregation's worship