Sunday’s concert, held at Camelback Bible Church on October 18, is dedicated to the memory of Roy Johnson.
As a musician of international repute whose life was tragically cut short, Roy Andrew Johnson, Jr. derived lifelong inspiration from the timeless beauty of the Brahms Requiem. So it’s fitting that the Chorale enthusiastically dedicates its Sunday performance to his memory, and in his honor.
Roy served as Professor of Organ at the University of Arizona for 29 years, and his legacy extends far beyond the borders of the campus.
Unassuming, witty and kind, Roy was a “hidden jewel” who performed and taught as Director of Graduate Studies in Music. With memorable encouraging words and a smile, he touched the lives of many until his life was taken in a violent homicide in February 1995 as he returned home from performing in a UA Faculty Showcase Recital in Green Valley, Arizona.
A lasting contribution to the art form he so dearly loved was his leadership resulting in a recital hall for a needed teaching and recital instrument at the University of Arizona: the 33-rank Isabelle Harris Organ in Holsclaw Hall. Only Roy could have so skillfully (and graciously) navigated the many complexities to bring the vision into reality. This fine instrument now serves as a treasured gift to the State of Arizona.
Truly a Renaissance man, Roy’s diverse passions included stamp collecting and travel, but above all he was a loving father and husband. He leaves an indelible legacy in the hearts of his family, friends, and students.