sue johnson

composer · musician · musical director · educator

Sue Johnson is a composer, musical director and recording artist (vocalist, pianist and choral conductor) who has co-produced numerous CDs of original works with various artists and performed nationally and internationally.

"One of the most mesmerising songs… is a composition by Sue Johnson called 'Sister My Sister'… part lullaby, part prayer, part celebration of the human voice." Jessica Nicholas, The Age, 2004

Sue has co-founded vocal and improvisation groups (including award-winning Coco's Lunch and Morgana), collaborated with Australian authors (Elizabeth Honey, Sally Rippin, Meme McDonald, Rosalind Price) as well as numerous arts organisations (Musica Viva, Sydney Opera House, Jump Leads, Theatre Arts Export, The Boite).

"One of Australia's best exports…(Coco's Lunch)" Vancouver Sun, Canada

She is also a composer for children's theatre, television and books including numerous seasons of Playhouse Disney. In 2008 her first book & audio CD with author Elizabeth Honey "Still Awake Still" published by Allen and Unwin was adapted into a theatre work touring the US and Australia directed by Jessica Wilson.

"So much for sleep… no one snoozes" New York Times, 2014

Still Awake Still! One of the most precious children's shows I've ever seen." Kate Ceberano, Adelaide Cabaret Festival Director 2014

Sue's published vocal scores are recorded by choirs worldwide and have been sung by numerous USA all-state chorus'. She has completed commissions for massed voices, led vocal improvisations with audiences of 2000+, produced workshops and concerts in venues ranging from concert halls to yoga spaces and created singing groups in workplaces and community. She has just recorded a teaching resource of original chants and songs for choirs recorded by the Songrise Quartet to be published soon.

"In the Big Sing, Sue Johnson masterfully led the filled-to-brim Sydney Town Hall audience in an improvised canon. It was a truly amazing thing to hear." Oral Majority

Sue lectured at the Victorian College of the Arts Improvisation department from 1990 – 1999 and has tutored at Melbourne University, presented at conferences (ASME, Children's Book Council, VMTA) and was artist in residence at many schools and festivals.

Sue has received numerous nominations and awards including Montsalvat Yalumba Jazz Medal (best young performer), APRA award nomination (with author Elizabeth Honey for most performed jazz work 2003) and nomination for Honouring Women in Moreland Award as well as Coco's Lunch nominations for the ARIAS 2007 (Best World Album & Best Children's Album) USA Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (Runner-Up Best Folk/World Album), 2000 Australian World Music Awards (finalist Best Album)

"'All The Wild Wonders' (easily one of their runaway hits, and with lyrics by author and poet Elizabeth Honey) was perhaps one of the most moving compositions heard at the Fest so far." The Hindu, November Fest, India 2013

"Sue Johnson's heartfelt tribute 'I Am Your Grandmother' is as good as anything I have heard by Sweet Honey in the Rock." ABC Limelight Magazine, November 2007

buy sue johnson's scores

The Music Catalogue contains original 3 to 5 part vocal scores available for online purchase.

sue johnson's scores

The Music Catalogue contains original 3 to 5 part vocal scores available for online purchase.

NEW SCORES! 'Walk My Own Revolution' and 'Fire' are available now.


To join one of Sue's choirs, receive notification about up and coming workshops or to create a choir in your workplace email Sue at

summer sing January 24th – 26th 2020 led by sue johnson

Community Church of St Mark
100 Hodgkinson St Clifton Hill
Close to the Darling Gardens

Treat yourself to a weekend of singing led by composer Sue Johnson to recharge your mind, body and spirit. Sue leads with expertise, warmth and passion, teaching songs with groove and connection.

The sessions are about tuning in to your voice - and connecting to others. Enjoying songs in harmony, the rich layering of sound and rhythm, chants and instant pieces with massed voices, as well as warm ups and breathing exercises. Scores will be used in addition to aural learning - the ability to read music not necessary.

The Community Church Of St Marks is situated near the quaint Clifton Hill shopping strip with delicious cafes, you can treat yourself in the breaks or sit in the beautiful shady Darling Gardens close to the church.

Fri 24th Jan : 7.00pm - 8.30pm
Sat 25th Jan : 11am - 4.00pm
Sun 26th Jan : 12.30pm - 4.30pm


full early bird $190 until Nov 30 (after $220)
conc early bird $180 until Nov 30 (after $200)
deposit of $95 to secure a place