Yolanda F. Johnson has had an outstanding career as a performing artist, as a composer, as an educator, and as a supporter of the arts. A native of Omaha, Nebraska, she began studying classical piano at an early age. Soon after, Yolanda’s vocal talent was discovered when she joined the choir at her late grandfather’s church. Yolanda began her first classical vocal study at age nine and began composing at twelve.
She completed her B.A. in voice performance and graduate studies in voice, and an M.A. in Arts Management. She then served as the Acting Executive Director of the Barthelmes Conservatory of Music. She also served on the faculty of Tulsa Community College as a Voice and Humanities instructor before relocating to the NYC area.
Yolanda has performed nationally and internationally in several musical venues including opera, concert, oratorio and sacred music. She is an active recitalist/lecturer on several musical subjects, specifically spirituals as related to the Underground Railroad and the works of women composers. Yolanda’s album of Spirituals, Feel the Spirit! was released in 2011 and in 2014 she developed Music She Wrote, a celebration of women composers, with colleagues, Dr. Brooke Bryant and Michael Eisenberg. She also actively composes new musical works. Yolanda made her New York City debut as Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and has performed in many venues and with various companies in New York City and the Tri-State area.
She has also portrayed the role of Anita Hill in Ben Yarmolinsky's Clarence and Anita with Underworld Productions Opera Outreach, Noemie in Massenet’s Cendrillon with New York Lyric Opera and Millie in Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed that Line to Freedom by Nkeiru Okoye.
Yolanda is a member of the Sigma Alpha Iota International Women’s Music Fraternity and the Music Director at First Baptist Church of Tarrytown and has been a featured presenter at Performing the World International Performing Arts Conference. She is also on the voice and music composition faculty at the Mozartina Music Conservatory. In addition to her life as an artist, Yolanda is also a current International Advisory Board member of and the former Representative for the Foundation for Post-Conflict Development to the United Nations, serves on the board of directors of the Lehman College Art Gallery and is the first African-American President-Elect of Women in Development, New York. In 2018, Yolanda became the Founder and President of YFJ Consulting, LLC.
Stay tuned to the yolandafjohnson.com performance calendar for upcoming 2019 engagements and performances, including Mozart (and more!) with the Mozartina Festival Quartet, a special Black History Month performance with Random Access Music and she returns to the Hudson River Museum, for Music and Moonlight in March.
Leadership and Board Affiliations:
First Baptist Church of Tarrytown
Foundation for Post Conflict Development
International Advisory Board Member
Women in Development, NY
Lehman College Art Gallery
Board of Directors