Justin Johnston is the newly appointed Instructor of Music Industry for the College of Musical Arts. He comes to BG with 15 years of experience in arts management including his work with the Chicago Symphony Institute for Learning, Access and Training where he helped pilot new education programs as part of the orchestra’s creative partnership with Yo-Yo Ma. More recently, he is the founder and Chief Creative Ninja of Side Hustle Syndicate, a non-profit organization connecting artists with space and capital for their creative enterprises.
In addition, Justin is a classically trained clarinetist who has performed with The Cleveland Orchestra, The Toronto Symphony, The Columbus Symphony, and Chicago Civic Orchestra. Currently he performs with CODE New Music, an independently presented new music ensemble based in Columbus, Ohio.
He was a distinguished university fellow at the Ohio State University where he piloted a new DMA specialization in arts enterprise. In addition, he received an artist diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music, a master's degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and dual degrees from The Ohio State University in music performance and music education.