Edie Johnson


Edie Johnson is the Organist and Music Associate at Church Street United Methodist Church in Knoxville, TN. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the Colllege of Music at University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she teaches private organ, harpsichord, and courses in organ literature and sacred music. Ms. Johnson previously served as Assistant Organist/Choir Director at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Seminary Organist and Affiliate Professor of Church Music at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, IN.

At age 13, Dr. Johnson began organ study with Johnny Bradburn at Christ United Methodist Church in Greensboro, N.C. She completed the B. Mus. in organ, Magna cum laude, at Furman University, as a student of Charles Tompkins. She then earned both the Master and Doctor of Music degrees at Indiana University, studying with Larry Smith. Ms. Johnson has also studied organ with Marilyn Keiser and harpsichord with Elizabeth Wright.

A particular interest is the use of mental imagery and rehearsal in music learning, teaching and performing. Ms. Johnson has given many presentations to universities, American Guild of Organists chapters and conventions, and to the Association of Anglican Musicians discussing techniques to optimize practice sessions and relieve performance anxieties. She studies Alexander Technique in Knoxville with Lilly Sutton. Dr. Johnson resides in Knoxville, TN, with her husband, Jason Overall, Precentor and Director of Music at St. John’s Cathedral in Knoxville. They have two children, James age 16 and Elizabeth age 9.