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Korianne Orton-Johnson

Korianne Orton-Johnson is the head of the Music Dance Theatre Department, an assistant professor in the school of music, and contemporary voice division coordinator — all at BYU. She has the experience and education to back it up. As an international voice teacher with students from the U.S. to India, Korianne uses her BFA in Music, Dance, Theatre and her Master’s of Music in vocal performance to teach for the past 22 years. Korianne has performed all over the world — most recently in Graz, Austria. She has graced stages throughout Utah both on stage and as a music director at Hale Center Theater Orem, SCERA, Sundance Theater, Playmill Theatre West Yellowstone, BYU and UVU.

Fully Booked Each day is always filled with teaching private lessons, teaching a class, possibly a meeting, always answering emails and student mentoring. I love to relax and connect with my kids whether through text or a phone call.

Plot Twist Becoming a professor was a surprise. I always knew I wanted to teach and perform, but I thought it would be kind of “on the side” while I raised my kids. But the impression to get a master’s and then apply for a position at BYU was so strong, I couldn’t ignore it and had to follow through. I’m thrilled to be a professor — it is such a rewarding career. It doesn’t come without challenges but the reward is far greater.

Daily Underscore Weirdly? I don’t listen to a lot of music because it’s my job, but right now, I’m all about SIX The Musical. I’ve seen it twice and get emotional each time because of the woman-power this show exudes.

Vital Title “Year of Yes” by Shonda Rhimes. She is the writer and creator of many TV series that I love. Her writing and imagination are so rich. In this book, she spends a year saying yes to things that are asked of her (TV show appearances, graduation speeches, etc.) even though, at times, she is scared out of her mind. I read this book at least once a year to give me the courage to do things that scare the crap out of me. Even though things may be hard, when it’s all said and done we can look back and be glad that we did it.

Just My Type Definitely Costa Vida and Swig. I’m a weekly customer. Steak Salad and Diet Dr. Pepper, blackberry and coconut cream.

Audiobook or Physical Audio books because I can “read” during my commute to work, but there is nothing like holding a physical book in your hand.