Ms. Dian Lawler-Johnson
Office: RiverCenter 2601
Professor Dian Lawler-Johnson holds Vocal Performance degrees from Converse College (BM) and the University of Illinois (MM). She has studied under such esteemed artists as Benjamin Middaugh, John Richards McCrae, Helen Hodam, Frances Crawford, John Wustman, David Lloyd, and Boris Goldovsky. Her operatic and musical theater performance experience includes leading roles with Lake George Opera Festival, Brevard Music Center Opera, Southern Regional Opera, Goldovsky Institute, and the American Institute for Musical Studies (Austria), as well as numerous recital, concert, and guest artist appearances with regional theaters and orchestras.
Professor Lawler-Johnson has been a member of the Voice faculty at the Schwob School of Music since 2008. Prior to joining the SSOM faculty, she served on the Voice faculty of the University of Alabama, Shorter College, Brenau University, Truett-McConnell College, and Jacksonville State University. In 2000 she received certification as a McClosky Vocal Technician (CMVT), and has served as coordinator and clinician for numerous McClosky seminars and workshops. She is often called upon to assist in the rehabilitation of damaged voices.
She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, Mu Phi Epsilon, Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), National Federation of Music Clubs, the Atlanta Music Club, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), for which she serves as a Board member of the national NATS Foundation.
Professor Lawler-Johnson’s students have distinguished themselves in many areas, including: Winner of state and regional Metropolitan Opera Auditions awards, more than 105 awards in state and regional NATS Auditions (since 1983), First Place awards in MTNA state and regional competitions, winner of the 2005 Kennedy Center – American College Theater Festival “Outstanding Performer Award”, undergraduate and graduate scholarships and stipends to top-tier music schools, Bel Canto Opera 2012”Outstanding Performer” and “Orchestral Award”, performances with regional, national and international opera companies, theaters and symphonies; jazz vocalist with prestigious New York Jazz bands, minister of music for 10,000 member church (TX), two Georgia Junior Misses, and several Miss America Preliminary and Talent competition winners.