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Yolanda F. Johnson, lyric soprano and arts advocate, completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Voice Performance at the University of Tulsa and graduate studies in voice, in addition to a Master of Arts in Arts Administration at the University of Akron. She has performed nationally and internationally in musical venues including opera, concert, oratorio and sacred music. She is an active recitalist/lecturer on many musical subjects, specifically, African-American spirituals and released an album, Feel the Spirit, in conjunction with her spirituals concert-lecture, A Spirituals Experience. She also specializes in the work of female and African-American composers. Yolanda made her NYC debut as Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and has also performed the roles of Anita Hill in Ben Yarmolinsky’s, Clarence and Anita, Noemie in Massenet’s Cendrillon and Millie in Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed that Line to Freedom, by Nkeiru Okoye. Yolanda is a member of the SAI International Women’s Music Fraternity, a leader in the music ministry at First Baptist Church of Tarrytown, and has been a featured presenter at the Performing the World International Performing Arts Conference. 2014 saw the premiere of her original musical compositions, including Shout for Joy, an Easter song cycle for choral ensemble, and 2015 will see the premiere of a children’s opera, based upon the classic story of The Lion and the Mouse. Yolanda is on the artist roster of Musicians on Call, where she shares her talents with NYC-area hospital patients, in addition to serving on the board of directors of: the Friends of Philipse Manor Hall in Yonkers, NY, the Foundation for Post Conflict Development and Women in Development, NY. Yolanda is happy to serve on the voice faculty at the Mozartina Musical Arts Conservatory.

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