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Johnnella L. Edmonds

Edmonds, Johnnella L.

Music Unit

Assistant Professor

Phone: 804-524-5342
Location: Davis Hall 107

Johnnella L. Edmonds is Assistant Professor of Music in the Department of Music at Virginia State University. She received the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Howard University, and the Master of Music degree from The Catholic University of America. She did further study in choral conducting at the Vienna Academy for Music, Vienna, Austria, and Westminster Choir College.

Prior to joining the Virginia State University faculty, Edmonds served the music faculties of Tuskegee Institute (now University) and Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina.
In 1984, Edmonds was appointed director of the Virginia State University Concert Choir. Under her leadership, the choir has presented concerts in several prestigious venues including the Virginia Music Educators Association, Hot Springs, Virginia; Southern Division of the Music Educators National Conference (now National Association for Music Education), Louisville, Kentucky; the National Association for the Study and Performance of African American Music); and the Smithsonian Institution.

Edmonds is an instructor in music education, voice, piano, and frequently serves as a choral conductor and adjudicator for choral festivals in the United States. She has also presented clinics for educators and students in Virginia’s public schools, colleges and universities. During her tenure at Virginia State, Edmonds received the Timms’ Outstanding Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2011, she was selected to serve as conductor for the “105 Voices of History,” a National Collegiate Concert Choir, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Johnnella Edmonds holds membership in the following organizations: Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honorary; Golden Key International Honour Society, Pi Lambda Theta, Alpha Mu Gamma, Sigma Alpha Iota Women’s Music Fraternity, National Association for Music Education, American Choral Directors Association, and the Intercollegiate Music Association.

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