Faculty & Staff

Ernest Johnson

Supervision of Intern Teachers

Adjunct Faculty

  • Supervision of Intern Teachers


  • B.M. Kent State University
  • M.M. Ithaca College

Ernest Johnson (B.M., Kent State University; M.M., Ithaca College) is a 40+year veteran of teaching and choral conducting. He is currently the Director of Adult Choirs at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Alexandria. Mr. Johnson is also adjunct professor at George Ma- son University, supervising choral music education interns and teaching the secondary choral methods class. He retired from public school teaching in 2014 after serving 25 years as choral director and AP music theory teacher at West Potomac High School (Fairfax County Public Schools) His past professional conducting positions include Choir and Handbell Director at St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Woodbridge, VA; Music Director of the Maryland Choral Society and Fairfax Chorale, and Director of the Heritage Presbyterian Chancel Choir in Alexandria.

He has served as guest conductor for area honors choirs, including the Loudon All County HS Men’s Sight-reading Chorus; Prince William All County HS Women’s Chorus; Fairfax County All-District 11 Middle School Choir; and the Fauquier All County Middle School Chorus and the Loudon County Public Schools Select All County HS Select Sight- reading Chorus
While at West Potomac High School, his ensembles consistently received superior ratings at VMEA assessment events, and were selected five times to perform at VMEA con- ferences. He was twice selected as West Potomac’s Teacher of the Year (1993 and 2010). In 2014, the Virginia Choral Directors Association (VCDA) honored him with the Sidney Swiggett Lifetime Achievement Award.

A unique aspect of his program at WPHS included the creation of a historical educa- tional outreach ensemble, the Colonial Singers,who presented a living history program of 18th century songs and dances in authentic dress to schools and community groups through- out the area, including many performances at Mt. Vernon, and Gadsby’s Tavern museum in Old Town Alexandria. Of special note were the annual performances at historic Bruton Parish in Williamsburg, and at Christopher Wren Hall on the College of William and Mary during First Night festivities. His advanced ensembles have also performed at the White House (for former President and Mrs. Clinton); the Kennedy Center, the US Capitol; the US State Department (for Secretary of State Condolesa Rice in 2009, and Secretary Clinton in 2011); National Cathedral, Library of Congress and at Lincoln Center in NYC. International- ly, WP ensembles performed in Gloucester Cathedral England at the Gloucester International Choral Festival and twice at the Tuscany International Choral Festival in Montecatini, Italy.

Prior to coming to Virginia, he held choral positions in public and private schools in Cleveland Ohio, Mamaroneck, NY, Merrick, L.I. and NYC. While in New York City, he also studied acting, singing, dancing, conducting, and piano; sang with various choral chamber ensembles and professional church choirs; and accompanied and coached singers; He also presented arts-in-education assembly programs and workshops to thousands of elementary children and their teachers throughout the tri-state region of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Also certified in Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Mr. Johnson has presented workshop ses- sions in solfege/ear-training, eurhythmics, and pedagogical techniques for students and teachers at all levels. Since his arrival in Fairfax County, he assisted in developing the cur- rent POS curriculum requirements for chorus; has served as a mentor teacher for many cur- rent FCPS music staff and student teachers; has presented numerous workshops for VMEA and ACDA conferences; and served two terms as VMEA District 10 Chairperson.