Orin Johnson
Orin Johnson is a talented composer, musician, music director and minister based in St. Louis, Missouri.


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Orin Johnson is director of music and liturgy at St. Margaret of Scotland Parish in St. Louis, Missouri, a post he has held since 2022. From 2012 to 2022, he was director of music ministries at Sts. Joachim and Ann Parish in St. Charles County, Missouri. From 1998 to 2012, he was coordinator of music and liturgy at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois.

Originally from Tyler, Minnesota, Orin received his B.A. in music and folklore and mythology from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, his M.A. in music performance with choral conducting emphasis from Radford University in Radford, Virginia, and his M.A. in theology from the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Missouri.

He is an active composer and musical artist, with pieces published by GIA, OCP and others. He and Shannon Cerneka make up Oddwalk Ministires, traveling the country to lead prayer, give concerts, offer workshops and retreats, and more. Orin has resources on prayer and liturgy published by Twenty-third Publications and Liturgical Press.

Orin is also an accompanist and music director at Congregation Shaare Emeth in Creve Coeur, Missouri. He is an assistant director and singer with the St. Louis Chamber Chorus. He is active with Catholic youth summer camps such as Youth Sing Praise (for which he has co-written a full two-act musical) and One Bread, One Cup, and at various other churches and schools in the St. Louis area as a musician and director. He lives in St. Louis with his wife Erin Hammond. You can visit his website here.