Terrance Johns - lyric tenor



Terrance Johns began his musical career at a young age with numerous roles with his local theatre and opera companies in Pensacola, Florida and the surrounding Gulf Coast region.  His memorable opera and stage roles include (chronologically) Beppe (I Pagliacci), Frederic (Pirates of Penzance), The Defendant (Trail by Jury), Spoletta (Tosca), Alfredo (Die Fledermaus), Ottone (L'incoronazione di Poppea), Sam Kaplan (Street Scene), Freddie (My Fair Lady), Grail Knight (Parsifal).  Not in the previous list are a number of barn-yard animals, bar patrons, street urchins, ghosts, and a lizard.

His education includes the University of West Florida (studying voice with Dr Joseph Rawlins and orchestration with Dr Greer Williams), Loyola University School of Music, New Orleans (MM in Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting) and the Prague Conservatory (Certificate in Vocal Interpretation).

Having a great love for ensemble singing, early in his career Terrance joined the Gregg Smith Singers (New York City) where he took part in dozens of recording projects and countless tour dates during his tenure with the ensemble. It was with the Gregg Smith Singers that he made his first Carnegie Hall appearance in a performance of Dave Brubeck’s To Hope, To Glory, with the composer at the keyboard.

Since moving to the Washington DC area in 2000, Terrance has found himself center stage with many of the area's professional musical ensembles (Woodley Ensemble, Washington Master Chorale, Catherdal Choral Society, Washington National Opera Company, etc).  His most notable performance was as tenor soloist in the National Symphony Orchestra's world premiere of Philip Glass’ Symphony No. 7 – "A Toltec Symphony", conducted by Maestro Leonard Slatkin and attended by the composer.  His personal greatest achievement was to sing for His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama.

Since that time, Mr. Johns has performed numerous concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra both at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and at Wolftrap National Park for the Performing Arts.  Although the list is long, Mr. Johns has sung under the baton of such conductors as William Christie, Lorin Maazel, Plácido Domingo, Heinz Fricke, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Leonard Slatkin.  Trust him when he tells you not all conductors are equally adept at their craft.

In 2005 he co-founded, with soprano Melissa Coombs and pianist Virginia Sircy, Words&Music Inc.  This vocal quartet specializes in not only the performances traditional repertoire so known for in that genre, but also music theatre, opera and jazz standards.  Most importantly, Words&Music's mandate is to seek out and commission new music written for vocal quartet and piano.

As a composer, Mr Johns' music has been heard in many churches and concert venues.  His output focuses mainly on vocal art song, choral motet and ballet scores.  He is currently working on a new opera (with fellow artists at the Silver Finch Arts Collective) about the lives of Achilles, Alexander the Great and the Goddess Artemis. This project should be completed by the summer of 2013 with workshops and premiers in the DC area. 



projects & performances for the 2012-2013 season:


5 & 8 October 2012


featuring Robert Schumann's "Spanisches Liederspiel", Op 74

Camille Saint-Seans' "Danse Macabre" arranged for Vocal Quartet, Violin and Piano by Terrance Johns 

and other special "treats" for Halloween 

The Lyceum | Old Town, Alexandria VA



10 November 2012


an evening of music by Reynaldo Hahn and Gerald Finzi

featuring "Till Earth Outwears" | "Chansons Grises" | and selections from "Chansons Latines"

 with special guest: Virginia Sircy, piano 

Private Home | Chevy Chase MD



16, 17 & 18 December 2012


celebration of the holiday season with music and poetry from the Early American Tradition

-I am very proud of my work for the "Star of the Morning" program.  All the pieces on the concert, except one, are my original arrnagements and settings.

It's such a honor and a pleasure to have this much "Terry Music" all in one place and time!!! 

 Great Falls, VA | Washington, DC




26 & 27 January 2013

CLOSER THAN EVER by Maltby and Shire  

St Francis Epicsopal Church | Great Falls VA



3 March 2013

THE EYE BEGINS TO SEE by Donald McCullough

a 3-movement work composed upon texts by Roethke for Concert Choir, Solo Vocal Quartet, Piano and Cello  

National Presbyterian Church  | Washington DC



4 & 5 May 2013

 The American Composer III - THE COMPOSER ON STAGE

a concert of ALL-AMERICAN composers and their contributions to the opera stage

including Samual Barber's Hand of Bridge and Fables by Ned Rorem

Capital Hill Methodist Church | Washington DC 

The Lyceum | Alexandria VA 



Thanks for your interest in me and my music.  I hope that my (some would say broad) interest in styles and forms of music are also an interest to you.

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