Carnegie Mellon University

School of Music

Where artistry and innovation share center stage

Paul Johnston

Paul Johnston

Artist Lecturer in Musicology

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Paul Johnston comes to the School of Music with 25 years as an award-winning classical music broadcaster.

His broadcasts on WQED-FM, Pittsburgh, were twice named 'Best Public Affairs Program/Series' by the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters. He has also been honored by the New York Festival Awards and the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. He received the Golden Quill Award from Pittsburgh journalists for his overseas arts reporting.

Comfortable with the controls as well as on-air, Mr. Johnston has recorded for National Public Radio, American Public Media (formerly Public Radio International), NHK Japan, Vatican Radio, and Minnesota Public Radio. His work has been heard on such nationally syndicated programs as 'All Things Considered,' 'Performance Today,' 'First Art,' and 'Pipedreams.' He presently edits Pittsburgh Symphony performances for nationally syndicated broadcasts.

In addition to his teaching duties at Carnegie Mellon, Mr. Johnston is an ordained Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. 'Fr. Paul' serves at Trinity Cathedral downtown. He is interested in the interface of creativity and spirituality.

Mr. Johnston lives in Squirrel Hill with his wife Sharon and cockatiel Arban. They share the house with one subwoofer, two shofars, and three tubas.