Dr. Byron Johnson performs with international opera singer in Jamaica

Dr. Byron Johnson’s musical abilities were good enough to earn him a spot alongside some of the world’s most acclaimed singers.

Johnson, an assistant professor of music in Alcorn State University’s Department of Fine Arts, recently performed as a tenor soloist with the National Choral of Jamaica and orchestra in their presentation of Felix Mendelssohn’s oratorio, “Elijah,” for the choir’s summer concert season. The two-week concert season included performances in the Jamaican cities of Kingston, Montego Bay and Mandeville.

The performances were under the patronage of the Governor General, His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen, who is the country’s head of state. Other soloists for the performances included internationally known bass opera singer Sir Willard White, Lady Sylvia Kevorkian-White and Dr. Leah Brown.

Johnson is grateful for the opportunity to have performed with such esteemed musicians.

“It is a great honor to perform with one of Jamaica’s oldest and leading choral groups,” said Johnson. “Also, to perform with other soloists of such a high caliber was extremely rewarding.”

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