Christopher Johnson

Has played with The Knights since: 2006.

Favorite Knights moment: one of my favorite Knights experiences was the first orchestra tour to Germany, where we performed in venues ranging from church to concert hall to slaughterhouse! The camaraderie and music-making during that trip were inspiring and rejuvenating, despite our busy concert schedule, and allowed me to go back to my daily work in NYC with a big smile, renewed vigor, and a deeper and more mature commitment to my art.

Christopher Johnson is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma and a graduate of The Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University, where he studied with Thomas Murray. He holds several different church music positions in Manhattan: as Director of Music and Organist at The Riverside Church, Director of Chapel Music at The Interchurch Center, Artist-in-Residence at Union Theological Seminary, and Adjunct Organist at Columbia University. An orchestral musician by training, Chris held a two-year position as section violist with the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed as section violist, as well as solo violist, flutist, and bassoonist with the Tulsa Philharmonic and a number of other professional orchestras throughout the Midwest. During his Bachelor of Music studies at The Cleveland Institute of Music and Manhattan School of Music, his teachers included Todd Wilson and Adeline Huss for organ studies, and Joshua Smith, John Mack, and Robert Vernon—principals of The Cleveland Orchestra—for orchestral studies. During summers, he presents concerts throughout Europe and the Middle East with Ensemble Eccolo, a chamber group based in Altenburg, Germany.

Also an avid professional pilot, Chris holds commercial pilot and flight instructor certificates with multiple ratings, and is a proud instructor/pilot for Century Air, Inc., in Fairfield, NJ.

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