Director of Bands
Keith Johnston, Director of Bands at Sacred Heart University has a long and varied career both as a performer, and conductor in the United States, and internationally. He has taken the Sacred Heart Band on national, and international tours, commissioned new works, been featured in national television ad campaigns, and even made an appearance on MTV. In addition to directing the University Concert, Marching, and Pep Bands, Johnston also directs the brass ensemble, teaches low brass, and oversees the instrumental chamber music program.
Mr. Johnston has been Music Director for the Allegheny Brass Band of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Savoyards Opera Company, Auburn Chamber Orchestra (NY), and Onondaga Orchestra (NY). He has conducted the Edgewood Symphony (PA), North Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra, Pittsburgh Civic Symphony, IPFAC Chamber Orchestra (AR), Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra (PA), and Syracuse Symphony Youth Orchestra. He has also conducted high school honor bands in CT, PA, and Illinois.
In addition to his teaching and performing duties in the US, Mr. Johnston also serves as Chêf de Orchestra Ecole Musique Sainte Trinite in Port au Prince, Haiti, where he conducts the Ensemble des Instruments à Vents, coaches chamber music, and teaches low brass students. In Haiti he has also directed the Grand Festival de Cuivres, and performed as a soloist with the Orchestra Philharmonique Sainte Trinite in Port au Prince. In 2010 Mr. Johnston gave the world premier of Blue Iris for Trombone and Organ, composed for him by Steven Rosenhaus, and performed it in recital in 2011 in New York’s Flushing Town Hall with pianist Laura Leon, as well as in recital in Ireland. In April 2012 he gave the world premier of Rosenhaus’ Concerto for Trombone and Band, written for him and the Sacred Heart University Band, with the composer conducting. In 2013 Mr. Johnston will travel to Flint, Michigan to give masterclasses and workshops at Mott College, and to perform the Concerto with the Mott College Band and Flint Concert Band.
Mr. Johnston received his Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Master of Music from Carnegie Mellon University. He has studied trombone with Byron McCulloh, and conducting with Robert Page, Juan-Pablo Izquierdo, Eduardo Alonso-Crespo, and Keith Lockhart, as well as advanced conducting studies at London’s Royal Academy of Music.
Degrees and Certifications
M.M. (Conducting) - Carnegie Mellon University
B.F.A. (Trombone) - Carnegie Mellon University
Low Brass Lessons