In Memory of Robert “BJ” Johnson
On October 16, the St. Olaf music community lost a dedicated champion and dear friend. For 37 years, Bob “B.J.” Johnson heeded the call as the full-time manager of the music organizations office at St. Olaf College, and manager of the St. Olaf Choir. More information, including arrangements, is included in the obituary below.
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“Madrigal Sonata” for Flute, Violin and Piano by Bohuslav Martinů as performed by Catherine Ramirez (faculty), Rolf Haas, and Lori Folland (staff collaborative pianist).
Assamese Folk Songs (Tokari Naam) performed by Rehanna Kheshgi (faculty) at the U.S. Consulate in Kolkata, India during her Fulbright Scholar Grant year in 2018.