Chris Johns


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M.M., Cello Performance, University of Georgia
B.M. University of North Carolina Wilmington


Christopher Johns received a Masters degree in cello performance from the University of Georgia, while studying with David Starkweather. He served as a Graduate Assistant Director of the UGA Summer Music Camps, President of the Student Chapter of the American String Teachers Association, and as a cellist in the UGA Symphony and ARCO Chamber Orchestras, which performed in Carnegie Hall November of 2004.

Johns began studying cello at the age of four under the instruction of Jennifer Frisina in Charlotte, NC. His former teachers include Alan Black, Carey Cheney, Wendy Bissinger, David Gee, and Richard Thomas. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Cello Performance from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Chris has performed in master classes for Steven Doane, Levon Moradian, Jeffery Solow, Alexander Kramer, Jonathan Kramer, and Fred Raime.   Since 1998, Chris has been a freelance cellist, studio musician, teacher, and an electric cellist in several rock bands, while being highly involved with the recording and production of their CD's.

In 1998 he was the winner of the Richard R. Deas Concerto Competition and was able to perform with the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra. In 2002, he was the recipient of the William F. Adcock award for excellence, at The University of North Carolina at Wilmington.   Johns was the featured cellist on the 2005 documentary film, "Alvar Sunol: His Vision and His Art."  

In 2005, Johns was the winner of the Kanellos Award at the Greek Woman's University Chorus Club national music competition in Chicago, and was also selected as a winner of The University of Georgia Concerto Competition, awarding a performance with the university orchestra.   During the spring of 2007, he was selected to present a pre-concert lecture for visiting cellist, David Finkel of the Emerson String Quartet.   

Johns, newly residing in Wilmington, NC, currently also serves as the Applied Cello Instructor for Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, NC, while maintaining a private studio and an active performing schedule in Wilmington.   Johns also performs regularly with the Tar River Philharmonic, Fayetteville Symphony, and Wilmington Symphony Orchestra.


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