Associate Professor of Oboe
Celeste Johnson joins the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance faculty in August of 2016 as Associate Professor of Oboe. Celeste held the same title at Oklahoma State University, where she taught from 2004-2016. A current member of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, Celeste continues to enjoy a varied teaching and performing career.
As a performer, Celeste has appeared with numerous orchestras, music festivals and competitions around the globe. She has performed in Switzerland, Colombia, the Isle of Man, Canada and as guest principal oboist with the Russian String Orchestra. Ms. Johnson has performed as principal oboe of the New York String Orchestra, and has received fellowships to attend the Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Music Festival, Kent-Blossom Music Festival, Banff Centre, Sarasota Music Festival and the Lucerne Festival Academy. She has held additional orchestral positions with the Sarasota Opera Orchestra, Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra and Champaign Urbana Symphony. Celeste has also won prizes in the Gillet-Fox International Oboe Competition, Barbirolli International Oboe Competition and Barnett Foundation Competition.
Ms. Johnson has held additional teaching positions at the Bay View Music Festival, OperaMaya, Filarmonica Joven de Colombia, Roberts Wesleyan College and the University of Kansas. She was awarded the First Lady of OSU Outstanding Music Faculty award in 2011, and the OSU Junior Faculty Award in 2007. A past-president of the Midwest Double Reed Society, Celeste remains active within a number of double reed organizations, including the International Double Reed Society and Texas Double Reed Society.
Celeste Johnson holds a Master of Music in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music as a student of Richard Killmer, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Oboe Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a student of Nancy Ambrose King and Dan Stolper.