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Joel Johnston
Joel Johnston has been a music educator for over 30 years. After 21 years as a high school choral and show choir director, Joel now works as a free-lance vocal clinician, conductor, choreographer, and adjudicator. He has conducted more than 40 choral festivals throughout the Midwest, and is a frequent show choir adjudicator.

Since 2005, Joel’s “home base” has been the SNJ Studio of Music, where he conducts two award-winning ensembles – the SNJ Singers, a select 50-voice High School A Cappella Choir, and Center Stage, a 56-member Middle School Show Choir. Joel is also Artistic Director of SNJ Musical Theater, providing experience and training in Acting, Singing, and Dancing for students in grades 2-9. More than 1,500 students have participated in Musical Theater terms and summer camps since 2005.

Joel is the Chorus Master for the Omaha Symphony Christmas Celebration at the Holland Center in Omaha, and was musical director for the popular Nebraska Shakespeare production of Twelfth Night in June of 2013. He served as President of the Nebraska Choral Directors Association, as well as Chair of Choral Affairs for the Nebraska Music Educators Association. He was named NMEA’s Outstanding Music Educator of the Year in 2003.


SNJ Studio of Music
Center Stage 2017-2020
Millard West High School
West In The Groove 2004-2005
Uptown Girls 2004
Wilber-Clatonia Jr/Sr High School
Emerald & Gold 1987


Waukee Middle School
Momentum 2016-2020
Waukee Prairieview School
Revolution 2016-2020
Underwood High School
Unlimited 2016-2019
Auburn Middle/High School
Vision 2018
Bellevue East High School
Take II 2014
Des Moines Christian School
Light, Inc. 2012
Destination Excellence 2010
Skutt Catholic High School
Vivace 2011
Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center High School
Center Stage 2010


 Pleasant Hill Battle of the Best 2021
 Midland University Festival of the Arts 2021
 Westwood Jubilation 2020
 Lewis Central Clash of the Titans 2020
 West Jones Invitational 2020
 Elkhorn South Crystal Cup 2020
 Omaha Westside Competition of Excellence 2019
 Westwood Jubilation 2018
 Cameron Show Choir Invitational 2018
 Northwest Missouri State University Show Choir Festival 2018
 Underwood Ultimate Show Choir Competition 2016
 Westwood Jubilation 2016
 Lewis Central Clash of the Titans (Day Two) 2016
 Midland University Festival of the Arts 2016
 Elkhorn South Crystal Cup (Day Two) 2016
 Omaha Westside Competition of Excellence (Day Two) 2016
 Blair Show Choir Workshop 2016
 Elkhorn South Crystal Cup (Day Two) 2015
 Pleasant Hill Battle of the Best 2015
 Lewis Central Clash Of The Titans 2014
 Westwood Jubilation 2013
 Lewis Central Clash of the Titans 2013
 Westwood Jubilation 2011
 Lewis Central Clash of the Titans 2010
 Westwood Jubilation 2009


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