Welcome to the #DragonFamily: Michael Johnson

Meet MSUM’s new director of choral activities and vocal music education, Dr. Michael Johnson. He is going to be working with various vocal ensembles and overseeing the vocal music education program.

Q: What drew you to MSUM?

A: I think that it’s a fabulous community for being connected with the students. I love the size of the campus and the fact that we can have that close connection with a slightly smaller sized campus but all the opportunities of a state college. I can sense the grit, humility, and heart within all the people that I have met so far and all of the students that I have corresponded with. I think the atmosphere and opportunities here are really compelling.

Q: What is your favorite part about MSUM so far?

A: I think the hummingbird outside the Center for Arts is so cool. I love that we have art and sculptures displayed on campus. Also, the people I have met so far. The warmth that exudes from people at MSUM is contagious and I love it.

Q: How do you prefer to start your workday?

A: I am someone that likes to enter my workday with a head full of steam about the creative work that I’m going to do that day. When I get into the classroom it’s kind of like a really productive party. I also admit, a good cup of coffee is a must for me."

Q: What energizes you at work?

A: The energy from the students. I think that meeting people at a very exciting and important time of their life allows me to feed off of their energy and give it back to them.

Q: What’s the best advice you were ever given and who was it from?

A: It was from my mother who passed away a few years ago and it is to spread light. That’s exactly what she did everyday of her life, and I have that light in me, so I like to share it with other people which causes a chain reaction so they in turn spread light. I think that is probably the most powerful yet simple advice that I have ever been given.

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