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Kyle Johnson, D.M.A.

Coordinator of Chapel Music and University Organist, Lecturer of Music

Email: kejohns@callutheran.edu
Phone: (805) 493-3332
Office: Samuelson Chapel
Website: www.KyleJohnsonMusic.com


Dr. Kyle Johnson is Coordinator of Chapel Music, University Organist, and Lecturer of Music at California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA, where he teaches organ lessons and other music classes.  He is also the founder and director of the CLU Chapel Choir, a cross-cultural ensemble consisting of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and local residents.

Dr. Johnson holds the doctor of musical arts degree in organ performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, where he studied with Dr. John Ditto. He also holds music degrees from Indiana University and Bethany College (Lindsborg, KS), where he studied organ with Dr. Larry Smith and Dr. Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra, respectively.

Prior to his appointment at CLU, Dr. Johnson served for three years as Director of Music and Community Arts at St. Luke's Lutheran Church of Logan Square in Chicago, IL, where he oversaw the church's efforts to become a center for community building through the arts. He has also served on the music faculties of three Missouri colleges, and presented solo organ recitals across the United States.  Dr. Johnson's compositions are published through Colla Voce Music, Santa Barbara Music PublishingMorningStar Music Publishers and Augsburg Fortress.

Dr. Johnson may be contacted at kejohns@callutheran.edu, or at (805) 493-3332.


Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas, 1995.

Master of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, 1997.

Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, Kansas City, Missouri, 2010.


Saw You Never, in the Twilight, SATB choral anthem with organ/piano.  Franklin Park, IL: World Library Publications.  Accepted for publication.

What Child Is This, SAB choral anthem with piano and flute.  Santa Barbara, CA: Santa Barbara Music Publishing.  Product number: SBMP 1264.

O Lord, Support Us All the Day Long, SATB a cappella choral anthem.  Indianapolis, IN: Colla Voce Music.  Part number: 15-94650.

Jesus Is a Rock in a Weary Land, SATB choral anthem.  St. Louis, MO: MorningStar Music Publishers.  Product number: MSM 50-6104.

Lamb of God, SA(T)B choral anthem. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress, ISBN: 9781451451641.

"The Organs of Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas." The Tracker (Journal of the Organ Historical Society) 55, no. 3 (Summer 2011): 16-21.