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The Adrian College Music Department

Music Faculty Spotlight


    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.