Our Director

Brenda Johnson


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Mrs. Brenda Johnson is the Director of Orchestras at O'Connor High School. From McAllen, TX. 

She received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baylor University.

Upon graduation, Mrs. Johnson began her teaching career with the Plano Independent School District at Haggard, Carpenter, and Bowman Middle Schools. While teaching in Plano, Mrs. Johnson earned a master’s degree from the University of North Texas in Curriculum and Instruction.

Most recently, Mrs. Johnson was the head orchestra director at Hector Garcia Middle School (Northside ISD) in San Antonio, TX where she opened the school and established the Gladiator Orchestra program. In their first year as a brand new school, the top Advanced Orchestra received fourth place in the TMEA Honor Orchestra Competition. Each year, both varsity and non­-varsity groups have received Sweepstakes ratings at the U.I.L. Concert/Sight­-reading Contest. The orchestra program at Garcia MS has grown to 270 students.

In her 21st year of teaching orchestra, Mrs. Johnson is also an active clinician/adjudicator in the San Antonio area and serves as a cooperating teacher for music student teachers from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

She is also consistently invited to conduct All­-Region Orchestras around Texas. On 2014, Mrs. Johnson began conducting for the Youth Orchestra of San Antonio (YOSA) Sinfonietta Strings group as well as the YOSA Summer Symphony Strings camp. 

In 2004, Mrs. Johnson was one of four teachers in Texas to receive an award for excellence in music teaching named the Majorie Keller Young Music Educator's Award rewarded by the American String Teacher Association (ASTA).

In 2008­-2009, she received the Teacher of the Year and PTA Life Member Awards at Bowman Middle School. And in 2015-2016, she received the Educator of the Year Award at Hector Garcia Middle School.  

Most recently, she was awarded the Kens5/SACU ExCEL in teaching award.

Mrs. Johnson is currently a member of the Texas Music Educator's Association, Texas Orchestra Directors Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, and the American String Teacher Association with National School Orchestra Association. 

She is a proud wife and mother of two children, Jacob and Aleena. 

She enjoys reading, gardening, watching football with her husband Walker, and being chased around the house by her kids.


"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything."     

- Plato