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Johnson, Darcie

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Darcie Johnson

Instructor - Voice, Diction

Darcie Johnson is an active performer and voice teacher in the St. Louis area. A Kansas City native, she has been residing in St. Louis with her husband, 6 year old son, and 3 year old daughter since March of 2008. She performed July 2012 with The Ellenwood Singers, a 6-voice ensemble which performs mostly a cappella madrigals and sacred motets, at the Tavern of the Fine Arts in St. Louis. She is a featured soloist and principal singer for the Bach Society.  Most notably, she was a featured soloist in the final concert of the Bach Society’s 2011-12 season, premiering a work by local composer, Stephen Mager, in April. A few other engagements include performances in October of 2009 and 2010 at Manchester United Methodist Church in Manchester, Missouri, where she sang Christine in a concert performance of selections from The Phantom of the Opera. She has been employed as a Soprano section leader at The Church of St. Michael and St. George in Clayton, Missouri under the direction of Robert Lehman since March of 2008, where she is frequently featured as a soloist. Darcie currently sings with the Bach Society of St. Louis under the direction of A. Dennis Sparger as a principal Soprano II section leader, completing her fifth concert season with them in May of 2013. She was the featured Soprano soloist on their Great and Marvelous CD recording (2008) on the track "I wanna be ready" and has done solo work during the October and December concerts of the 2009-2010 season. She also sang with the St. Louis Chamber Chorus ('07-'08 season) under the direction of Philip Barnes. Other professional choirs she has sung with include The Oratorio Chorale (2001-2003) of Brunswick, Maine.

Darcie is beginning her sixth year as an adjunct voice instructor at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO.,  and her third year as an adjunct voice instructor at Principia College in Elsah, Illinois. She also runs a  private voice studio, which she has maintained since her move to St. Louis in 2008.  She is a member of NATS, the national association for teachers of singing.

Darcie holds a Master's Degree in Vocal Performance from the University Of Missouri-Kansas City (2005) where she studied under tenor Michael Cousins. There she performed as Zerlina in Don Giovanni (2005)) and as 1st Knaben in The Magic Flute (2004). She was also seen as Mrs. Medlock in The Secret Garden (2003). She was involved in their choral program as well, singing under the direction of Dr. Scott Anderson. She is honored to be one of the eight founding members of Armonia, an early music vocal ensemble made up of UMKC students, who performed regularly throughout the Kansas City area. She also presented two graduate recitals during her two years at the conservatory, which included works by Debussy, Rodrigo, Bellini, Rossini, Donizetti, and Mozart.

Darcie received her Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from Missouri State University (2001) where she studied under Dr. Pearl Yeadon. She was involved in Opera Workshop, and extensively involved in the choral program, under the direction of Dr. Guy Webb, where she sang with the Chamber Singers and Concert Chorale all four years, performing in various cities in Italy and Poland, and in Prague, Czech Republic.
She also sang with the SMSU jazz band as their lead vocalist (1998) and was featured as a Soprano soloist in the final movement of Ralph Vaughn Williams' Symphony no. 3, with the SMSU symphony orchestra. 

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