Biography

Drawn by the beauty of the Cascade Mountains and a love for hiking and mountain climbing, Rick Johnson left his career as a professional musical theater singer, actor, and dancer
 to be a vocal music and songwriting teacher at a school in
Central Oregon.

Raised in Houston Texas, Rick received his Bachelor of Music degree in Musical Theater and his Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Oklahoma City University.  He is honored to have studied private voice with classmates (and now Broadway stars) Kristin Chenoweth and Kelli O’Hara in the vocal studio of Florence Birdwell.  He received his Oregon Music Teaching Certification from Oregon State University.

Rick Johnson has performed, and is still performing, as a professional singer, actor, dancer, and director in respected theaters around the country.  Some of Rick’s favorite roles include Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Galveston Musicals), Robin in Robin Hood: The Musical (off-Broadway premier and 1st national tour), the Emcee in Cabaret (Cat Call Productions), the Leading Player in Pippin (Magic Circle Theater), and Bobby Strong in Urinetown (Cascades Theatrical Company).

In his spare time, Rick enjoys the Cascade Mountains.  During the warm months, he can be found hiking, mountain climbing, camping, and fly-fishing.  During the cold months, he races through the mountains with his team of seven sled dogs.

Rick is very lucky to have found his beautiful wife, who shares his extremely busy lifestyle of making music and acting.  Rick and his wife have an amazing son who is starting to show his own affinity toward music.

Rick would like to thank his family, friends, students, sled dogs, and all of his fans for their support.