Professor Emeritus Ben Johnston Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters
Professor Emeritus Ben Johnston has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a prestigious honor society consisting of the premier architects, artists, composers, and writers from across the country.
A leading composer in contemporary and microtonal music, Professor Johnston served on faculty at the University of Illinois School of Music from 1951 to 1983. He has composed music for orchestra, string quartet, voice, and piano, and his works have been commissioned by distinguished ensembles such as the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Swingle Singers, and the Kepler Quartet. He was a 1959 recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, received commissions from the Smithsonian Institution, and was a recipient of the Deems Taylor Award.