David Johnson, the music director of the Chorus, began his music education at an early age. As a young boy he attended many singing schools that were a part of his rural Southern landscape in the 50s and 60s, learning to sing parts and read shape notes. He was leading singing in churches by the age of 10. His parents consistently bought and played albums by the Robert Shaw Chorale, planting an appreciation for a cappella choral music.
As a student in school he played in the school band, sang in the school chorus and taught himself to play the guitar and perform.
In college David attended Freed-Hardeman University and the University of Tennessee at Martin majoring in music. This led him to establishing a choral program in Dresden, Tennessee, where he taught for nine years.
David Johnson has and continues to live a full and varied life. Hes been married for 40 years, has two children and six grandchildren. He has a B.S. in Education and a Masters Degree in Social Work. David is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has served as the Clinical director of the Christian Counseling Center of Western Kentucky, the Treatment Director of Spirit Lake Recovery, and is currently the counselor at the McKenzie Medical Center in McKenzie, TN. He is a speaker at workshops and conducts marriage retreats.
In recent years, David has become a prolific writer, publishing seven books. Especially popular is his Tucker series, which receives consistently raving reviews on Amazon. His writing can also be seen by visiting www.thefrontwindow.wordpress.com.
But music has been his most enduring passion, the one thing that has been a constant in every chapter in his life.
David has been described as a dare-to-dream kind of guy and an individual who is committed to excellence. Believing nothing is impossible and that dreams do come true, David has never been shy about pushing others and challenging them to be the best they can possibly be.