Christopher Johnson (associate) received his master's degree in jazz studies from NIU in spring 2012. His bachelor's degree in music is from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. He was a member of the NIU Jazz Ensemble and has performed at several jazz festivals. He directed several jazz combos at NIU, as well as the All-University Jazz Ensemble. He taught jazz appreciation classes at NIU. He has several years of private teaching experience and has taught at the NIU Jazz Camp.