Celeste Johnson

Celeste Johnson
Associate Professor of Oboe

Contact Info
110 Grant Hall


Celeste Johnson is currently Associate Professor of Oboe at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory.  She has recently presented performances and clinics at International Double Reed Society conferences as well as the Oklahoma and Texas Music Educators conferences.  Ms. Johnson performs as a substitute with the Kansas City Symphony and was formerly a member of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra. 

Professor Johnson has held numerous faculty positions at universities and summer programs.  She was a faculty member at Oklahoma State University (OSU) for twelve years prior to moving to Kansas City, and has also taught at the University of Kansas and Roberts Wesleyan College.  She has served as a faculty member at the Bay View Music Festival and the Filarmonica Joven de Colombia in South America.  A founding faculty member of the UMKC Double Reed Institute, she has also taught for camps at Oklahoma State University and Bocal Majority/Operation Oboe in Texas.  Ms. Johnson has also taught master classes at high schools and universities across the country.

As a performer, Celeste Johnson is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player.  Recently, she has performed with Summerfest, a chamber music festival based in Kansas City. She was awarded honorable mentions as one of five finalists in the Gillet/Fox International Oboe Competition, a finalist in the Barnett Family Foundation Competition, a semi-finalist in the Concert Artists Guild International Competition and winner of the University of Illinois Concerto Competition.  Celeste has been featured as a concerto soloist with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, UMKC Conservatory Wind Symphony, OSU Wind Ensemble and OSU Symphony Orchestra. Her recent recording, entitled KaleidosCoping, features 21st century compositions for flute, oboe and piano.  KaleidosCoping was released in January 2019 on the Equilibrium label.  Her second CD, Wider Than the Sky, features compositions by women composers and is scheduled to be released in 2021. More of Professor Johnson’s playing can be heard on her YouTube channel.

As an orchestral player, Professor Johnson has performed with the New York String Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, Russian String Orchestra, Sarasota Opera Orchestra, Tulsa Opera Orchestra, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Binghamton Philharmonic and Quad Cities Symphony. She has worked with oboists across the globe as the recipient of fellowships to a number of music festivals and programs. She has received fellowships to attend the Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Music Festival, and Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland. She has also performed at the Sarasota Music Festival, Kent/Blossom Music Festival, Pine Mountain Music Festival, and at the Banff Centre master classes in Alberta, Canada.

Ms. Johnson holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She has studied with Richard Killmer, Nancy Ambrose King, Dan Stolper and Phil Koch.