Raymond Johnson


At a young age, Mr. Johnson started life with a joy of singing and an attraction to the kind of musical experience that made the hair stand up on the back of his neck. After being inspired to add skill to his natural talent, he chose for himself a life in the arts. His focus was to master the many facets of the musical performing arts. In an effort to share the experiences that inspire him with as many people as he can reach, he began performing on any available stage, and training his voice across several vocal styles.

Originally from Pittsfield, MA, Ray started on his path by classically training his voice as a boy soprano, and joining his father in the local Berkshire Hillsmen Barbershop Chorus at the age of nine. He sang all through school in every choir offered, and participated in Massachusetts Music Educators Association’s Western District Jr. and Sr. Festival Choruses and Massachusetts All-State Festival Chorus in every eligible year. He discovered a love of theater starting in the eighth grade and was a part of every production offered at Taconic High School. His training with Shakespeare & Co. in Lenox, MA, and as a Musical Theater Major at the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut, led to many more musicals, plays and concerts around New England--all this while making a living working as a substitute teacher in Pittsfield Public Schools and as a private voice teacher and performance coach for different ensembles across the region.

In St. Joseph, MO, he continued his musical journey as Director of the twelfth place regionally ranked men’s chorus, Voices of America. Ray’s stage experience includes Robidoux Resident Theater’s production of “Willy Wonka”, MWSU’s productions of “Phantom of the Opera” and “Sweeney Todd” and Palm Canyon Theater’s “Les Miserables”.

He is building his reputation as singer and soloist in local church choirs. His greatest joy outside of his family is helping new singers and emerging musical ensembles down their own path to artistic mastery as a local voice teacher and performance coach. If you have a joy for music and a curiosity to discover the potential in your personal instrument, Ray would love to help show you the way.

Ray adores his current position as Director of the Women of Note chorus. He looks forward to helping Women of Note grow and learn as they perform and compete locally and around the world.