Johnie Dean, D.M.A. – Asbury University
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Associate Dean of Non-Traditional Academic Programs
Director of Online Undergraduate Admissions
SACSCOC Institutional Liaison
Instructor of Composition

Departments: Music, Online Programs, Provost

Office: Corbitt 103

Phone Number: (859) 858-5771

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  • DMA, University of Kentucky
  • MM, Southern Seminary
  • BM, Campbellsville College


Most recent publication (2012): The Pirates of Penzance Medley, (Selected as a featured work for Texas All-State Men’s High School Chorus, and Florida All-State TTBB High School Chorus, 2013 and 2014)


  • Amazed in the Presence – FJH Music Publishing (2005)
  • Classical Piano Worship – FJH Music Publishing (2005)
  • Piano Prayer and Praise – FJH Music Publishing (2004)
  • Keyboard Hymns and Spirituals – Lillenas Publ. (out of print)
  • Thou, My Everlasting Portion – Broadman Press (out of print)

Selected Recordings

  • DVDs of UK’s Grand Night for Singing (2006-2019); Celebration of Song – UK / All-Tech Victorian Square Concert Series
  • The Spirit of the Holidays – CD – American Spiritual Ensemble (2010)
  • Piano CD: I Need Thee Every Hour (2006)
  • A Caroler’s Gift – CD – Utah State University Chamber Singers (1997)

Over 200 pieces of music have been published in the following areas (representative works are available for review): Adult and youth choral anthems / children’s choir pieces / handbell music / orchestral-instrumental works / piano hymn arrangements

The Johnie Dean Choral Series – Doxology Music (company sold – now out of print)

Music presently published with the following companies: National Music Publishers; FJH Music Publ.; Hope/Agape Publ.; Genevox; Smyth & Helwys –; Carol Press; Lorenz Publ.; Candela Music; Fred Bock Music; Light of the World Music

Other recent recordings: NorthEast Christian CD Series: The Applause (2005 Choral CD), The Gathering (2006 Choral CD), A Rhythm of Its Own (2006 Christmas Choral CD)

Scholarly Work/Presentations/Commissions

Regional, National and International Opportunities (Representative List)

  • Musical Arranger / Orchestrations in UK Opera Department’s annual production: “It’s a Grand Night for Singing” (nearly 30 full arrangements and orchestrations for orchestra + soloists, ensembles, and full cast in 2019 alone)
  • Dallas Symphony Orchestra – two arrangements of spirituals for Soloist and Orchestra, November, 2020
  • Three Early American Hymns – commissioned by Classical Movement for Ilhombe Choral Festival, South Africa, Summer 2019
  • Houston Symphony – arrangement of spiritual for Soloist and Orchestra, February 2016
  • Composer / Conductor – Magnificat, for Choir and Orchestra; December 2015, Central Christian Church Choir, Lexington, KY and Midway University Chorale
  • Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra – three spirituals for Soloist and Orchestra, Fall, 2015 Concert
  • Composer / Score: “Tooth Tales” (A musical for children about dental hygiene) – an original musical written in 2015, book by Dr. Jim Rodgers; to be one of UK’s SOOP (School of Opera Outreach Program) featured work in 2016
  • Arranger – The Lexington Singers Spring POPS Concert, 2004-2015
  • Composer, Florida All-State High School Men’s Chorus, 2012 and Texas All-State in 2013
  • Composer / Arranger 2010 University of Miami (Ohio) 200th Anniversary, ‘Grand Night for Singing (2011 and 2012 Productions, as well) – sample:
  • Composer / Score: “The Magic in Muhlenberg” – an original musical commissioned by the Muhlenberg County Arts’ Program, 2011 (Premiered August 19, 2011) – play by Dr. Jim Rodgers
  • Composer / Arranger 2011 American Spiritual Ensemble [ASE] and Barcelona Jazz Orchestra (Spain) [BJO], five collaborative works for ASE and BJO, August 2011
  • Commissioned choral works for The Lexington Singers, 1-2 per year since 2004, featuring singers, children and orchestra (The Lexington Singers’ Choral Series) – titles / scores available upon request
  • Commissioned choral work, Central Christian Church, Lexington, KY, 2009 for Choir, Brass and Percussion: “Alleluia!”
  • Composer / Arranger Television Productions: 2008, 2010 and 2011 Kentucky Christmas Chorus Broadcast, WKYT-TV, Lexington, KY
  • Composer / Arranger / Assistant Conductor – Alltech Christmas Productions: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 ‘Celebration of Song’
  • Composer / Arranger 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games: Opening and Closing Ceremonies: Opening – Music for the Friesians’ Act ( ) / California Cowgirls’ Act / Closing Number (“The Impossible Dream”)…Closing Ceremony – Anthems and “My Old Kentucky Home”
  • Composer / Arranger 2010 Alltech ‘Haitian Harmony’ Project (Haiti) – wrote and arranged all music as well as scored / recorded accompaniment tracks for this endeavor
  • Composer / Arranger 2009-10 Bluegrass Tapestry, Multi-media Production with Photography by James Archambeault and Lexington Singers – Choral and Orchestral
  • Composer / Arranger 2009 Equestrian Event Ceremony, Windsor Castle (England)
  • Composer / Arranger 2008-09 “Our Lincoln,” including Kennedy Center Premiere in Washington, D.C. (Sponsored by Kentucky Humanities Council): two full orchestral + choral numbers – “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” and “My Old Kentucky Home”
  • Composer-in-residence, Greenup Arts’ Children’s Chorus, 2007-2009
  • Composer / Film Score: Josephine Russell Clay: Documentary, aired on KET, 2005; featured at Kentucky Horse Park as well
  • Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra (three works for the Philharmonic’s concert in December 2006 ‘Candy Cane Concert’; ‘My Christmas Wish for You’ premiered for the Philharmonic and Lexington Singers, performed on WKYT-TV’s live television production, A Kentucky Christmas Chorus, December 2006)
  • Original compositions for student senior recitals; Choral works and arrangements for University of Kentucky Holiday Collage Programs / ACDA Performances; All-State Kentucky Baptist Children’s Choir; All-State Youth Choir and Orchestra; various area / state festivals
  • Guest Conductor / Adjudicator: District Choral Festivals; State Handbell / Choral Festivals
  • Frequent soloist with the Lexington Singers (

Some YouTube links of J. Dean’s music

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