Miami Musician Part Of Barrier-Breaking Classical Music Trio ‘The String Queens’

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Violist Dawn Johnson was born and raised in Miami and is part of a trio called ‘The String Queens’ in Washington DC

They are teachers during the day and classical music performers at night.

“As a versatile musician, you teach and perform. It’s not either / or, they complement each other to make you a better musician, ”Johnson explained.

Johnson grew up in Liberty City and attended Charles Drew Elementary School, which she attributes a “very robust performing arts community”.

Her parents worked hard to provide exposure and opportunity through the arts to her and her sister.

“We got completely immersed in rehearsals and performances to make sure we were part of a community youth orchestra. I grew up in the South Florida Symphony and the Florida Youth Orchestra. “

As a young violinist, she remembers the crucial moment when a teacher led her to the viola, which became an extension of her.

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“I remember my first teacher Judy Frishman, a famous violin teacher in Miami, put the viola in my hand and she said, ‘Trust me, this will be your instrument – this is better for you,’ and I was twelve years old and have never regretted it. “

Johnson went to the New World School of the Arts, graduated from Jullard, became an orchestra teacher.

The unique collaboration with fellow teachers began in 2018. Kendall Isadore on violin and Elise Sharp on cello.

“We haven’t seen any other group that sounds or looks like us,” Johnson claimed.

Her diverse repertoire includes genres and epochs. They performed in famous venues and were featured at the Biden / Harris Inauguration “We Are One Celebration”.

It is music that should move people and mountains.

“We’re doing our part to cultivate and nurture the next generation of performers, especially those like us who aren’t necessarily seen in classical music,” she said, adding that 1.8 percent of people in Symphony orchestras are now Afro-American or minority groups. “

More information about The String Queens can be found here.

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