Stephen P. Johnson, DMA

Dean, College of the Arts
Phone: (626) 804-2550
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Stephen P. Johnson is the founding dean of the College of the Arts at Azusa Pacific University. Before joining Azusa Pacific, he served as associate professor of theory and composition and dean of the School of Church Music at Southwestern Seminary. As a composer, his repertory includes various solo, chamber ensemble, large ensemble, and choral/orchestral performing forces that have been performed in recitals, concert halls, and music festivals from Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center to 20th Century Fox Studios. Johnson studied composition with Edwin T. Childs, George Flynn, Kurt Westerberg, Frederick Lesemann, Donald Crockett, and James Hopkins.


  • Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition, University of Southern California
  • Minors in Orchestration, Music History, and Choral Conducting
  • Master of Music in Composition, DePaul University
  • Bachelor of Music in Composition, Moody Bible Institute

Academic Areas

  • School of Visual and Performing Arts (College of the Arts)
  • School of Music (College of the Arts)


  • Arts Leadership
  • Composition
  • Conducting
  • Music History
  • Orchestration
  • Worship Arts

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