Professor of Jazz Studies, Eastern Illinois University
M.M. and Performer Diploma, Indiana University; B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Paul Johnston is active as a performer, teacher, and composer. He is at home in a wide variety of musical styles and has performed with artists including Clark Terry, Benny Golson, Nancy Wilson, Monica Mancini, and Bernadette Peters. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at Indiana University, where he earned a Master's Degree in jazz studies, a Performer Diploma in piano, and a Performer's Certificate. Soloists, chamber groups, and jazz ensembles from across the country have performed his compositions and arrangements. Paul also has several collections of solo jazz piano arrangements published by Alfred Music. Since 2004, he has served on the faculty at Eastern Illinois University, where he directs a jazz band, coaches combos, and teaches jazz piano, improvisation, and arranging. Paul has also enjoyed teaching at the Interlochen Center for the Arts and at Eastern Music Camps. He is an alumnus of Ravinia's Steans Music Institute and the Henry Mancini Institute.