Joshua Johnson
  • Instrument Horn

Josh currently serves as a Lecturer of Music at Iowa State University where he runs the horn program and teaches brass methods. In addition to ISU, he maintains a private horn studio in Des Moines and conducts the Des Moines Horn Club. As an orchestral performer, Josh appears as 4th Horn with the Des Moines Symphony, 3rd Horn with the Quad City Symphony, and Utility Horn with the Omaha Symphony. Josh also performs in Broadway shows at the Orpheum Theater in Omaha and the Civic Center in Des Moines.

Josh has a mission to provide all aspiring horn players an opportunity to better their craft. All students should have access to a quality music education, including horn lessons, regardless of income or geographic location! Josh holds a B.M. in performance from the University of Iowa and an M.M. in performance from the University of Nebraska. When he isn't driving to a "gig" he can be found roaming the Iowa backroads in a cool car or on a motorcycle.

Member of the Orchestra since


Most memorable experience with the Orchestra

Bruckner 4 and Brahms 4 were highlights. I also really enjoyed Don Juan and Til!

How I got started playing my instrument

In 5th grade, I lucked out and found my soulmate in the horn. I also found an extraordinary educator right out of the gate. A few great teachers later and here I am!

Favorite composer

Mahler or Bruckner, it's a toss up.

Other than classical music _____ is on my iPod

Probably I Robot (Alan Parsons) or something Tom Waits. I'm a child of the 80's and 90's who listens to music of the 70's and spends his time performing music of the 1800's, go figure!