Often noted for their keen sense of ensemble blend with joyous spirit, the Metropolitan
Chorale of Kansas City is reflective of the unique musical background of their conductor,
Dr. Rebecca Johnson. Assuming the leadership position in 1998, Johnson combines extensive
instrumental and chorale skills with a love of music education and history resulting
in an ensemble and repertoire as varied and unique as the conductor herself.
Amy's interest in music began with her first solo performance at the age of 8. When
she was 11 years old she composed her first song, which received state-wide recognition
for Grand Prize in a music writing competition. She was again awarded this recognition
at the ages of 13 and 17. While in junior high Amy discovered that she enjoyed accompanying
choirs as well, and she quickly developed a passion for music as she continued to
sing, play the piano, accompany, compose and arrange.
Currently Amy is a mother of four and enjoys staying involved in music as much as
time allows and sings frequently with her family. She has been a member of the Metropolitan
Chorale of Kansas City since 2005 and is coordinator of Metro Pops, a small group
of singers from within the large ensemble who go out in to various places in the community
to perform and represent the Chorale.
Baritone Nathanael Brown holds a Master of Music from Indiana University, where he
studied voice under Metropolitan Opera Baritone, Timothy Noble. During his years
at IU, he enjoyed considerable stage time in shows such as The Light in the Piazza,
The Love for Three Orange, La Traviata, Rigoletto, A Wedding, Les contes d’Hoffmann,
Il barbiere di Siviglia, La Rondine, and La Bohème. On the concert stage, Brown has
been fortunate to be the bass soloist in the Haydn Lord Nelson Mass, Schubert Mass
in G, D167, and many performances of Handel’s Messiah. He has also given various
private recitals spanning from arias and art song to early American classic Broadway.
On the professional opera stage, he has performed in Tosca, Ariadne auf Naxos, Don
Giovanni, The Death of Klinghoffer, La fille du regiment, Cosí fan tutte, Carmen,
Alice in Wonderland, and Sweeney Todd. Having grown up in the Kansas City area and
attended Blue River as a student, he feels honored to be able to come back and share
his experiences through teaching Music Theory, Music Appreciation, and Private Voice
I began my serious piano studies around the age of 14, when I joined Rice University's
Shepard School of Music pre-college division in my hometown of Houston, TX. During
this period, I took lessons with Dean Shank and Dariusz Pawlas, and also received
tutoring in other fields such as theory and composition. I began my BA when I was
17 at Adams State College (Alamosa, CO) with William Lipke. Currently, I am pursuing
a MM in performance at the University of New Mexico, where my teacher is Falko Steinbach.
In the summer of 2011, I traveled to Lindlar, Germany with Dr. Steinbach to participate
in his own two-week piano festival. During the festival, I performed my first ever
I am an ambitious pianist who wishes to excel in many ways. My primary focus right
now is to develop a high standard for my own playing as a soloist and to be successful
in performances and competitions. I also am eager to work with other musicians while
I refine my own abilities so as to perform chamber concerts at a professional level.
Ultimately, I also seek a reputation as a respected pedagogue who inspires students
to reach ever-greater heights!