Sandra Y Johnson

Sandra Y Johnson

Festival Schedule


7:00 PMTribute to Gloria Lynn
Featuring: Sandra Y Johnson
PerformanceMAJF Club


Sandra Y. Johnson, a native Washingtonian, has been singing most of her life, whether professionally, in an organized choir, in the privacy of her home, or with friends. Sandra Y. Johnson performs straight-ahead Jazz, Blues, and R&B/Oldies music, including Motown.  Sandra joined the Women’s Fellowship Choir at her church in 1985. In 1986 she also joined the Blacks in Government Gospel Choir, Department of Labor Chapter, where she was the section leader and coordinator of the choir’s activities for fourteen years.

She began taking private voice lessons in 1990 and as a result, she started singing solos. Sandra has sung at Department of Labor official functions, area churches, homeless shelters, rehabilitation centers, and evangelistic outreach services.

Since 1995, she has been an active member of the Washington Performing Arts Society’s Men and Women of the Gospel Choir that performs annually at the Kennedy Center. In 2005 she was selected as one of the soloists to perform with WPAS at the Kennedy Center. Sandra still sings the first Sunday of each month at the Gospel Rescue Mission in Washington, D.C.

Sandra earned a Graduate Certificate in Arts Management in 2001 and a Master’s Degree in Arts Management from American University in May 2007. She has a Bachelor of Public Administration from the University of the District of Columbia. In January 2004, Sandra retired from the U. S. Department of Labor as a Manpower Development Specialist after 37 years of service. During the Fall 2005 semester, Sandra served as a Development Intern in the Development Office of Strathmore Music Center; and in the Fall 2006 served as a Special Events Intern at Wolf Trap Foundation.

Finding a Voice in Jazz

In 2001, Sandra became interested in singing jazz, and became a student for 3 1/2 years at the Elliston Jazz Studies Workshop under the direction of Ronnie Wells and Ron Elliston. She also studied privately for a year and a half with the late Calvin J. Jones, University of the District of Columbia’s Coordinator of Jazz Studies. She currently studies with Connaitre Miller, Professor of Jazz Voice at Howard University, Washington, DC.

This year, Sandra will be celebrating and honoring her mentor, Gloria Lynne.


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