Lecturer of Trombone, Tuba & Euphonium
875 Perimeter Drive MS 4015
Moscow, ID 83844-4015
M.M., Bass Trombone Performance, DePaul University, 2010
B.M., Euphonium Performance, University of Oregon, 2007
Skyler Johnson is an active specialist in bass trombone and euphonium. He is currently the bass trombonist of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his position with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, he served as a member of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra and the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. Since the Summer of 2011, Skyler has served as the bass trombonist of the Artosphere Festival Orchestra under the baton of Corrado Rovaris in Fayetteville, AR. He has also performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, the Oregon Symphony Orchestra, the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra and many orchestras throughout the Midwest.
As a euphoniumist, Skyler has performed with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra, the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, the NW Indiana Symphony, the Walla Walla Symphony Orchestra, and the Brevard Music Center Repertory Orchestra. In 2005, he was the Grand Prize winner in the Senior Euphonium Division of the Harvey Phillips Big Brass Bash solo competition. He also placed second in the OSAA solo euphonium competition. Skyler is currently a member of the SPARC tuba quartet based in Spokane, WA. In addition to euphonium, Skyler has performed bass trumpet with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra and the Brevard Music Center Orchestra.
As a chamber musician, Skyler is currently a member of the Spokane Brass Quintet. Skyler was also a founding member of the V3NTO Brass Trio, a Chicago-based chamber ensemble. He was a member of the trio from 2010 to 2016. V3NTO currently has one album released, their debut album, titled S.O.S. The album contains original works by Plog, previously unrecorded trios by Hidas and E. Morricone, arrangements by the members of Georgian folk songs, Piazzolla and Ibert, and an original commissions by Joe Clark and Jerry Hui. V3NTO received the Grand Prize in the 2012 Chicago Brass Festival Ensemble Competition and finished as a quarter finalist in the 2013 Fischoff National Chamber Music
As a freelance musician in the city of Chicago, Skyler performed with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the DaCorneto Opera, Chamber Opera Chicago, and the Chicago Composer's Orchestra. While attending DePaul University, Skyler had the privilege of recording the album Solitude with jazz saxophone artist Phil Woods with the DePaul Jazz Ensemble. The following year with the same ensemble, Skyler recorded the album Kenton and DePaul Double Feature Vol. 1. This album is comprised of lesser known jazz tunes by composer and arranger Stan Kenton. You can hear Skyler performing the bass trombone solo to "Cabin in the Sky" on track 3 of disc 2.
In addition to U of I, Skyler is currently Adjunct Professor of Bass Trombone, Tuba & Euphonium at Eastern Washington University and Adjunct Professor of Low Brass at Spokane Falls Community College. Prior to these two positions, he served as Adjunct Professor of Low Brass at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Ill. Skyler has held masterclasses and lectures at the Washington State University, University of Idaho, University of Oregon, Vandercook College of Music, Lawrence University, and Southwestern University. Skyler was also a teaching assistant at the Birch Creek Music Performance Center for two summers and substitute faculty at the Marrowstone Music Festival.
Skyler received a Bachelor's of Music Degree in Euphonium Performance from the University of Oregon and a Master's of Music Degree in Bass Trombone Performance from DePaul University. His primary teachers include Michael Grose, Dan Satterwhite, Mark Fisher and Charles Vernon.