Eileen M. Johnson has degrees from Westminster Choir College and Concordia University River Forest, with further studies at Bethany Theological Seminary. She holds the Colleague certification from the American Guild of Organists and is a Life Member of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada.
Johnson was on the editorial team for the hymnal supplement Spirit Anew: Singing Prayer and Praise (Woodlake Books, 1999). She has written Hymn Performance columns and reviews of hymn-based music for The Hymn. With her husband, Dan Damon, she co-led the opening hymn festival of the 2008 Conference of The Hymn Society in Berkeley, California, and prepared a plenary address on the topic of justice in hymnody for the 2010 Conference of The Hymn Society in Birmingham, Alabama. With Damon, she recently authored articles on the USA social gospel hymn and jazz in hymnody for the forthcoming Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnolojjy.
Johnson has served for over ten years as Music Director at El Sobrante United Methodist Church, El Sobrante, California, playing the organ/piano, directing an adult choir and handbells, and directing the Praise Band (while playing electric bass). Previously, in the Chicago area, she served as musician for Peace Memorial UCC, Palos Park; First UMC, Oak Park; and York Center Church of the Brethren, Lombard.
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