10 December 2012: King’s High School Orchestra to premiere new work with soloist Zartouhi Dombourian-Eby

Nathan’s Turning a Page will receive its premiere on 13 December 2012. This work will be performed by the King’s High School chamber orchestra conducted by Eun Cho with Zartouhi Dombourian-Eby of the Seattle Symphony as piccolo soloist. The concert will be at Maple Park Church in Lynnwood, Washington at 7:00 PM. Click here for a note from the soloist.


11 September 2012: Nathan featured on The Composer’s Circle

Nathan and his string quartet piece Frenetic Energy were today’s feature on The Composer’s Circle.


29 June 2012: Nathan Johnson’s music highlighted in NWSO’s year-end review

The Northwest Symphony Orchestra has written a review of the last season in which they specifically highlighted Nathan’s piece, A Tall Tale.

“The Northwest Symphony Orchestra completed it’s 2011 – 2012 season by celebrating 25 Years and reaching the milestone of performing 125 works by northwest composers.

“Performing Tall Tale by northwest composer Nathan Johnson, NWSO’s Educational Outreach and Symphony for Students program provided students from the Madison Middle School and West Side Symphonette the opportunity to perform in a larger orchestra and to perform a piece by a living composer.”


21 June 2012: New Music and Summer Projects

I recently composed three new pieces:

Reverie for clarinet and cello
Around Sea Rising
for solo viola
By Streams of Water for solo English horn

This summer looks to be quite busy. Currently, I am in the final stages of a 7-minute film score composed for a short teaching video produced by Restoration Ministries Worldwide and am finishing up a piece commissioned by the King’s High School orchestra. Once these are completed, I will be working on music for solo piccolo and chamber orchestra, a new Christmas carol, and my second Concerto Grosso, all of which will hopefully be premiered next season. Stay tuned for updates.


25 May 2012: Classical Brown Bag Lunch Concert

Liebesleid for solo viola (arranged here for violin) was performed as part of the May ”Classical Brown Bag Lunch” concert at the King’s High School in Seattle by Sarah Elwood.


17 March 2012: Northwest Symphony Orchestra performs music by Nathan R. Johnson

The Northwest Symphony Orchestra performed Nathan R. Johnson’s A Tall Tale.

Spotlight on the Orchestra

8:00 PM, Saturday, March 17, 2012
Holy Rosary, West Seattle

Creatures of the Scale (World Premier), Huntley Beyer *
Flute Concerto, Gloria Swisher * with soloist Merrie Siegel **
A Tall Tale, Nathan Johnson * with students from Madison Middle School and West Side Symphonette
Symphony #4, Johannes Brahms

The Northwest Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 25th anniversary and reach the milestone of performing 125 works by Northwest Composers.


12 March 2012: Nathan interview featured in The Thunderword newspaper.

Highline Community College’s newspaper, The Thunderword, previewed the Northwest Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming concert and interviewed Nathan regarding his music and working with this orchestra.


25 January 2012: Classical Brown Bag Lunch Concert

Whodunit for solo bassoon was premiered at the “Classical Brown Bag Lunch” concert at the King’s High School library in Seattle by Faith Gleason.


09 December 2011: King’s High School Choir and Orchestra Christmas Concert

This concert featured Nathan Johnson’s original arrangement of Silent Night for choir and orchestra.

King's Choir performing Silent Night


14 May 2011:Bremerton Symphony Performs Three Works by Nathan Johnson

BREMERTON SYMPHONY: Celebrate longer days and warmer evenings with our season finale.

Our season finale has it all; classical orchestral favorites, majestic choral works, our Concerto Competition winner, and some brand new music. In keeping with the season of graduations, we offer Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance #1 also known as Land of Hope and Glory. Gallic spirit pervades Bizet’s L’Arlésienne Suite #2. We will adhere to a European tradition of both playing and singing the 2nd movement as an Agnus Dei. The concert opens with new music by Kitsap County’s own Nathan Johnson. His Overture to an Exciting Occasion, Starry Night, and Frenetic Energy, will be a delightful introduction to our final gala performance. The winner of our Concerto Competition, Daniel Hnatovic will join us in the 1st movement of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto #1.


10 May 2011: Nathan Johnson Featured in The Kitsap Sun

Nathan Johnson has experience playing with the Bremerton Symphony Orchestra.

This weekend, though, he’ll experience something new — being played by them. Three short pieces composed by Johnson will kick off the Symphony’s season-ending “Spring Celebration” program May 14 at the Bremerton Performing Arts Center.

“Back when I played with the Bremerton Symphony, I used to get lost dreaming about what it would be like, having my pieces played by them,” said Johnson, now a highly regarded young freelance composer, arranger and orchestrator based in Edmonds. “So, I guess you could say things have kind of come around full circle.



08 May 2011: Bremerton Symphony to Feature Music of Nathan R. Johnson

…To begin the concert, we have invited guest composer and Kitsap County native Nathan Johnson. Mr. Johnson has recently returned from Southern California and will speak about his musical experiences as a young composer. His “Overture to an Exciting Occasion,” “Starry Night” and “Frenetic Energy” will be a delightful introduction to our final gala performance.


03 September 2010: Audio links now on Works page

I’ve finally provided links to audio samples for many of my pieces. I plan to add audio for the rest very soon! Check out the “Works” page to sample.


Upcoming Concerts:

Nathan Johnson’s Graduate Recital! Saturday, 1 May 2010 at 8:00 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall, CSULB campus. Free (parking $4).


Symphony Northwest Completed

My latest work, Symphony Northwest, is now complete. This four-movement symphony was inspired by the natural wonders of my Pacific Northwest home. It is scored for full symphony orchestra and is approximately 25 minutes in total length, although each individual movement can be played as an independent piece.


19 December 2009: Premiere

The I Artisti Chamber Orchestra performed Liebesleid for solo viola and string orchestra with Anna Cottrell as soloist.


12 October, 2009

My duet for tenor saxophones, Sync, was premiered at the fall 2009 CSULB Composition Studio Concert.


18 August 2009: New Piece

I am currently finishing up my latest composition, Overture to an Exciting Occasion. This piece was composed as part of the Cal. State Long Beach summer stipend grant that I received to research new music for youth orchestra.