AMY JOHNSON, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Amy Johnson (she/her/hers) is a founding member of See Change Treble Choir and is honored to facilitate democratic leadership in this amazing and unique ensemble as the Artistic Director. She is a dynamic and passionate musician, conductor, and collaborator.
Amy teaches choir at Coon Rapids High School. She conducts the Concert Choir, Cantabile, Cardinal Choir, and Raven Street Project in addition to leading vocal rehearsal for the annual spring musical. Every day she learns about herself, her students, and the value of collaborative music-making.
Amy served as ACDA-MN Secretary and Metro East District Chair in the past, and is currently serving on ACDA-MN’s Diversity Initiatives Committee. She graduated from St. Olaf College in 2005 with a Magna cum Laude Bachelor of Arts degree in music education. While at St. Olaf, Amy studied conducting with Anton Armstrong and Robert Scholz. She was also honored to serve as the assistant director and student conductor of Manitou Singers under the guidance of Sigrid Johnson.
In 2013-2014, Amy took a sabbatical leave to complete a Masters of Music in Choral Studies degree at The University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England. She studied conducting with Stephen Layton, Graham Ross, and Mark Williams. She is an alumna of the Murray Edwards College where she co-conducted the student women's choir with fellow college members, as well as singing in the ensemble. She also served as student conductor of the Wolfson College Choir alongside Lynette Alcantara. During this time she maintained focus on treble voices in choral music. She conducted the treble choir at Lucy Cavendish College where she premiered “Four Rowing Songs” by local composer Susie Self. For her master's thesis, Amy transcribed a mass for treble voices by Baroque composer
Marc-Antoine Charpentier. She later directed the American premiere of Charpentier's “Laudate Dominum” with Coon Rapids High School’s Bel Canto ensemble.
In addition to teaching, Amy loves singing collaboratively! She sang for 6 years in the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers under Philip Brunelle and Sigrid Johnson. She continues to sing occasionally with Ted at church events and sings a lot with Oliver and Elda at home! She is a member of NAfME, ACDA, MMEA, and Phi Beta Kappa.
Amy lives in St. Paul with her husband Ted, son Oliver, and daughter Elda. She spends much of her free time with her family and friends. She loves traveling and is formed by the world and experiencing human interconnectedness.
HANNAH BRAASCH, COLLABORATIVE PIANIST
Hannah lives in Becker, MN, and has been an active member of the music community in the Twin Cities Metro for many years. After graduating from St. Olaf College, she performed with a variety of organizations in the Twin Cities including Magnum Chorum, the Schubert Club, Thursday Musical, the Minnesota Valley Women’s Chorale, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing as well as high school and collegiate vocal programs. Until the spring of 2019, she served as Director of Worship and Music at Anoka United Methodist Church, and the Music Director of the theater programs at Skyview Middle School and Tartan High School in Oakdale, MN.
In 2020, Hannah completed her Masters degree in Education at the University of St. Thomas, and currently teaches Elementary Music at Montrose School of Innovation in Montrose, MN.