[Mr. Johanson]          Tenor Erik Johanson has performed in concert, opera, and recital throughout the U. S., in central Europe, and in Singapore. He was first prize winner in the 1991 McMahon International Competition for Singers in Oklahoma and also twice winner of the Friedrich Schorr Prize in Adrian, Michigan.

         Operatic roles have included the tenor leads in Faust, Rossini's Cinderella, Tales of Hoffmann, Die Fledermaus (Eisenstein, performed 40 times), The Magic Flute and The Mikado plus many comprimario roles. Of his 1995 Rodolfo in La Boheme with Dorian Opera Theatre of Decorah, Iowa, the critic for the Rochester (Minn.) Post Bulletin said: "[Johanson] sang with a strong, clear voice that soared through the highest phrases."

His numerous appearances in oratorios and cantatas, range from Schutz's Christmas Oratorio to Verdi's Requiem, including a 1995 Evangelist in Bach's St. Matthew Passion with the Toledo Symphony. He has also been a regular soloist with the Lakeside Summer Symphony in Ohio.

         During the 2002-03 season, Mr. Johanson performed Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Dearborn, Michigan Symphony Orchestra and a solo faculty recital with pianist Kenneth Cooper and violinist Cecilia Johnson. In addition to his active schedule, he is associate professor of voice at the University of Toledo Department of Music, choirmaster at Toledo's St. George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Cathedral, husband to violinist and social activist Cecilia Johnson, with whom he frequently concertizes, and doting father of Linnea, born 1994.

To learn more on the topic of singing and training young singers, check out my article entitled A FEW IDEAS ON SINGING AND ON THE TRAINING OF YOUNG SINGERS.

To see a chronological listing of my resume and performances, click here: CHRONOLOGICAL LISTING OF PERFORMANCES AND RESUME

You can E-mail me at ejohans@uoft02.utoledo.edu

To learn more about Voice at the University of Toledo--or if you'd like to chat about voice study or just singing in general--please email me. If you live in the area or if you come to visit the University in person, please let me know. We can set up some time for a sample lesson or lessons, you can observe one of my current student's lessons, or you can sing for me for comments. No strings attached.

MyFavorite Links

My former manager's website (with sound bites)



Arts advocacy

Graham Sanders, Heldentenor

A search engine for music, especially vocal

When 3 tenors are not enough...TENORLAND

Vocal Technique


Translations of songs and arias

Shirlee Emmons: an excellent voice teacher

The Diction Domain

Great Russian voices

A good laugh

Nicolai Gedda

Marian Anderson

Lists about music




Important Quotes

"It is not enough to sing well; one must know how one does it."
              --Lilli Lehmann, soprano (1849-1929; career 1869-1922)

"To paraphrase Lilli Lehmann, as a teacher of singing, it is not enough to sing well; one must know how one does it, and be able to communicate it to others."
             --Erik Johanson

"The aim of all teaching must be to make itself unnecessary."
             --Anton Weinberg, clarinetist--

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