Cecilia Johnson teaches
violin, viola and string studies at both Adrian College and the
University of Toledo. She earned her B.M. and M.M. in violin
performance, B.A. in music from the University of Cincinnati
College--Conservatory of Music, studying violin with Jens Ellerman and
Makoto Kaneshiro. She has extensive orchestra experience, having
performed for many years with the Toledo Symphony, the West Virginia
Symphony (including its 50th anniversary Kennedy Center performance),
the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and the
Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra (principal second violin).
Currently, she serves as concert-master of Toledo's Sono Novo
Chamber Orchestra and concert-master of the Ballet Theatre of Toledo
Orchestra. Ms. Johnson performs regularly in her role as first violinist
of Toledo's Scandia String Quartet. Both the Scandia Quartet and Sono
Novo collaborate with area artists on a variety of creative projects.
In 2010, Ms. Johnson received critical acclaim as a featured soloist, performing all four of Vivaldi's Four Seasons
in a major collaboration between Sono Novo and Ballet Theatre of
Toledo. She has also served as a principal player in the Lakeside
Summer Symphony since 1992. Ms. Johnson was the founder and co-director
of Community Youth Motivated by Arts Learning (CYMBAL), an arts-based
after school program for the children of Toldeo's central city from
2002-2010. Ms. Johnson is the program director of Toledo's Euterpean
Club, a music service and performing organization.
She frequently performs chamber music with her husband, tenor Erik Johanson, and enjoys supporting their daughter Linnea (born in 1994) in her dancing, musical and creative endeavors.