Discipline: Music Composition

Aubrey Johnson

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Aubrey Johnson is New York-based jazz vocalist, composer, and educator. Her debut album Unraveled was released on Outside in Music in 2020 to critical acclaim, and a second—a duo album with the pianist Randy Ingram, was released in 2022 on Sunnyside Records.

Johnson holds faculty positions at Montclair State University and Queens College in the jazz voice departments, and previously taught voice at Berklee College of Music.

Aubrey's work as a "side person" has led to her inclusion on over 40 albums, including three Grammy-nominated and two Grammy Award-winning albums.

At MacDowell, Aubrey worked on her sophomore album as a leader, exploring compositional and improvisational concepts allowing for more freedom and interaction in her working band, as well as use of text, original and found.

Portrait by Carolina Mama


Irving Fine

Aubrey Johnson worked in the Irving Fine studio.

Youngstown Studio was given to MacDowell by friends of Miss Myra McKeown in Youngstown, OH, where she promoted both art and music. It was renamed Irving Fine Studio in 1972 in honor of Irving Fine, a distinguished composer, conductor, and teacher who was a MacDowell Fellow during the 1940s and 1950s. The simple interior of the studio…

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