Brett Johnson
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Who is Brett Johnson?

“We have too little respect for ourselves,

too little esteem for our own importance.

God sees things otherwise.”

M. Basil Pennington

Known for his well-rounded musicianship, Brett is a teacher, a singer, and an accomplished pianist.

Brett has taught singing for over two decades. He began teaching at Phillips Academy, Andover and M.I.T., and then for ten years was a senior teacher at Phillips Exeter Academy. Throughout his teaching career, he has maintained a vibrant home studio. He now teaches exclusively from his home, and is uniquely expert in leading master classes.

Brett is currently a student of Neil Semer in New York, where he also studied for many years with Robert C. White, Jr. Brett’s early studies were with Mary Davenport, Robert Gartside and Nancy Armstrong.

A gifted baritone, Brett has been firmly established in the musical world of Boston for over twenty years. He has appeared regularly with the premier ensembles of the city, including Boston Baroque, the Handel & Haydn Society, and Emmanuel Music. Though comfortable in Boston’s rich Early Music world, he has also done extensive solo work in oratorio and recital. His warm baritone, interpretive maturity, and keen intellect have been appreciated throughout his performing career.

Solo engagements have included the Requiems of Brahms, Fauré and Mozart, Charpentier’s In Nativitatem Domini, Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum, Haydn’s Theresienmesse, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Monteverdi’s Orfeo.

Brett has recorded with several chamber ensembles on Telarc International, Harmonia Mundi, Koch International, and Linn Records.

As a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), he supports their Code of Ethics, found at

Brett is also a composer of works for chorus.  Selections of his work can be found on the "Compositions" link.