Professor of Jazz Studies and Jazz Piano
Paul Johnston has enjoyed teaching at Eastern since 2004. He directs the Jazz Lab Band, coordinates the combo program, and teaches courses in jazz piano, improvisation, and arranging. Paul remains very active as a teacher, performer, and composer. He is at home in a wide variety of musical styles and has performed with artists including Clark Terry, Benny Golson, Nancy Wilson, Monica Mancini, and Bernadette Peters. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at Indiana University, where he earned a Master's Degree in jazz studies, a Performer Diploma in piano, and a Performer's Certificate. Soloists, chamber groups, and jazz ensembles from across the country have performed his compositions and arrangements. His composition Mountain Sketches for Horn and Piano won the 2014 International Horn Society Composition Competition, and DuoXXI included his work for violin, cello, and piano on their recent Albany Records compact disc, Metal Cicadas. Alfred Music has also published several collections of his solo piano arrangements in their Jazz Performer series. Paul serves on the summer faculty at the Interlochen Center for the Arts and teaches at Eastern's Summer Music Camp. He is an alumnus of Ravinia's Steans Music Institute and the Henry Mancini Institute.