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Dean X. Johnson (1955-1998)

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Dean X Johnson served as assistant music director of the New York City Gay Men's Chorus from 1984 to 1995. He was its principal accompanist and music director of the NYCGMC Chamber Choir. In December 1993 he conducted the NYCGMC in two full evenings at Carnegie Hall and he also conducted at Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Halls, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and on two European tours. In 1993 he led the NYCGMC on a recording of "The Day After That" with Liza Minelli. Under Dean's direction the NYCGMC Chamber Choir was seen on MTV with Downtown Julie Brown, on "Entertainment Tonight", and on CBS for Charles Kurault's "Sunday Morning".

Dean's compositions, have been performed by gay and lesbian choruses across North America. Dean's "Song of Martina", a short opera on the life of Martina Navratilova, had its Carnegie Hall premiere in March 1995 with lesbian comic Lea Delaria in the title role. Dean received an NEA grant for his opera, East River Bridge, commissioned for the Brooklyn Bridge Centennial. His "Commemoration Anthem" was performed at Kennedy Center by the combined choirs of the University of North Carolina., and his disco song "Clappin' My Way to Disco Heaven" was made into a video.

Dean conducted the prestigious Oto Yurikago Kai Children's Choir in Tokyo, the chorus of the American Express Goodwill Tour in Singapore and Hong Kong, and was conductor for the European and African tour of West Side Story with the American Dance Machine. He was music director for the first prize-winning U.S. entry at the International Festival of Short Plays at Arezzo, Italy.

Dean accompanied Eartha Kitt at London's Piccadilly Theatre and Carnegie Hall; Chita Rivera and Fred Ebb in New York; the incomparable Hildegarde at Rainbow and Stars; Elaine Stritch, Nancy Dussault and Debbie Shapiro Gravitte at Avery Fisher Hall; Stockard Channing, Marni Nixon, Jim Bailey and Met Opera stars Kurt Ollman and Joyce Castle;at Carnegie Hall; Margaret Whiting and Jack Wrangler at the Ballroom; Greta at Hayman Island, Australia and at New York's Chez Regine; les nuits americaines in Paris; and "thousands" of cabaret acts. He appeared on Broadway as a German boy in Jerome Kern's Music in the Air with E. G. Marshall and Patrice Munsell. Dean holds a Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) and a Master of Music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he studied conducting with Robert Porco and composition with Roger Hannay. He has been a member of BMI's composer/lyricist workshop under Maury Yeston, composer of Nine, and Ed Kleban, lyricist of A Chorus Line.

Dean was also an Eagle Scout. He died on January 4, 1998 in New York City.


Music by Dean X. Johnson
Arranged by Dean X. Johnson

YR1211 All of Us
YR1220 All the Good You ...
YR1219 Can't Wait!
YR1213 Christmas Brunch
YR1212 Coming Out on Chr...
YR1210 Deep River
YR1209 Free to Love
YR1215 I Believe
YR1201 Joyful and Triump...
YR1206 Lo! How a Rose E'...
YR1202 Making Spirits Br...
YR1218 Music
YR1204 Short Spirituals,...
YR1203 Silent Night
YR1221 So Glad!
YR1222 Strong Beautiful ...
YR1216 Sweet By and By
YR1217 Waken!
YR1207 Waking the World ...
YR1208 We Live
YR1200 Welcome! Sing, Be...
YR1214 Wexford Carol
YR1205 You Will Live On

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