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Dian Lawler-Johnson

1180 Lea Dr.

Roswell, GA 30076



Dian Lawler-Johnson


Dian Lawler-Johnson, M.M., C.M.V.T.
A native of Montevallo, Alabama, soprano Dian Lawler-Johnson earned degrees in Vocal Performance from Converse College (B.M.) and the University of Illinois, Urbana (M.M.). She has taught voice, professionally, since 1976, and has been a member of the Voice faculty of the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University since 2008. Prior to joining the SSOM faculty Ms. Lawler-Johnson served on the faculties of several other institutions, including the University of Alabama, Shorter College, Brenau University, Jacksonville State University, and Carver Creative and Performing Arts Center. In 2000 she received certification as a McClosky Vocal Technician (C.M.V.T.), and served as a coordinator and instructor for the 2001 McClosky Institute of Voice Seminar at Emory University. She is often called upon to teach McClosky Techniques workshops and to assist vocal therapists and otolaryngologists in the rehabilitation of damaged voices.

Ms. Lawler-Johnson’s performance experience includes leading roles with the Lake George Opera Festival, Brevard Music Center Opera, Southern Regional Opera, Goldovsky Opera Institute, the American Institute for Musical Studies (AIMS), and numerous Guest Artist performances with community orchestras, theaters, and university opera programs.
She has been an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) since 1976, and has served in several capacities, including Georgia NATS Membership Chair (1996-2002), GA NATS Education Division Co-Chair (2006-2012), GA NATS District Governor (2012-2014), and Southeast Regional NATS “Liaison” to the NATS Foundation Board (2003-2014). She is also a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, Mu Phi Epsilon, Music Teachers National Association, National Federation of Music Clubs, and the Atlanta Music Club.

Notable accomplishments of Ms. Lawler-Johnson’s students include:

  • More than 119 state and regional NATS Auditions Award Winners (1983-present)

  • 1st Place 2011 Southern Division MTNA Auditions; national Finalist

  • Winner of Georgia’s Metropolitan Opera Auditions (2007)

  • Southern Regional MET Auditions “Encouragement Award” (2007)

  • Graduate assistantship offers/scholarships to prestigious vocal programs, including New England Conservatory, Indiana University, Mannes College, Southern Methodist University, Florida State University, University of North Carolina -Greensboro, Mercer University, University of Illinois, University of Alabama, AIMS (Graz, Austria), the Bel Canto Opera program (Italy), Torggler Summer Vocal program, Voice Works, Tanglewood, Interlochen, and Brevard Music Center

  • Leading roles /performances with international and regional opera companies, theaters, and symphony orchestras

  • Winner of the 2005 Kennedy Center and American College Theater Festival national “Outstanding Performer Award”

  • Atlanta Music Club Concerto Competition Winner (2003)

  • Georgia’s Junior Miss (2000, 2001); Talent Winners (2000, 2002)

  • Disneyworld’s “Cinderella” performer at the castle (2000-2002)

  • “Dorothy Auditions” Winner for the Wizard of Oz, Broadway Touring Company (1999)

  • Georgia’s Music Hall of Fame High School Scholarship Winner (1998)

  • Miss America Pageant Preliminary and Talent Scholarships, state and local winners (1976-present)

  • Pastor of Vocal Music for 10,000 member church, San Antonio, TX

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