A native of Montevallo, Alabama, Dian Lawler-Johnson earned degrees in Vocal Performance from Converse College (BM) and the University of Illinois, Urbana (MM), studying under the tutelage of such esteemed teachers and artists as Frances Crawford, John Wustman, David Lloyd, John Richards McCrae, and Benjamin Middaugh.. She has taught Voice and related subjects for more than thirty-two years in universities, performing arts schools, and her private studio. Prior to joining the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University, she served on the voice faculty of Brenau University, Shorter College, Jacksonville State University, and the University of Alabama. In 2000 she received certification as a McClosky Vocal Technician (CMVT), and served as Coordinator for the McClosky Institute of Voice Seminar at Emory University. As a CMVT, she is often called upon to assist vocal therapists and E.N.T.’s in the rehabilitation of damaged voices.
Ms. Lawler-Johnson’s operatic and musical theater performing experience includes leading roles with the Lake George Opera Festival, Brevard Music Center Opera, Southern Regional Opera, Goldovsky Opera Institute, and the American Institute for Musical Studies (Graz, Austria), as well as numerous Guest Artist appearances with universities, theater companies, and regional symphony orchestras.
She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, Mu Phi Epsilon, National Federation of Music Clubs, and Music Teachers National Association. She is also active in the Atlanta Music Club, the North Fulton Music Teachers Association, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) – for which she currently serves as the Southeastern Regional NATS “Liaison” to the (national) NATS Foundation Board, and as Co-Chair of the Georgia NATS .Education Committee.
Ms. Lawler-Johnson’s students have distinguished themselves in many areas, which include:
• Winner of Georgia’s 2007 Metropolitan Opera Auditions and Southern Regional Met Auditions “Encouragement Award”
• Winner of the 2005 Kennedy Center and American College Theater Festival’s National “Outstanding Performer Award”
• More than 91 State and S.E. Regional NATS Audition Award Winners, 1983 – Present
• 2003 Atlanta Music Club “Concerto Competition” Winner
• Pastor of Vocal Music for 10,000-member church (San Antonio, TX)
• Georgia’s Junior Misses 2000, 2001; Talent Winners, 2000, 2002
• East Coast Winner of “Dorothy Auditions” for the Wizard of Oz, Broadway Touring Company, 1999; Disneyworld’s “Cinderella”
• Georgia Music Hall of Fame High School Scholarship Winner, 1998
• Miss America Pageant Preliminary and Talent Scholarship Winners, 1976 – Present
• Leading roles/soloists with international and regional opera companies, theatres, and symphony orchestras
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