Chris Johns

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Cello, Exploring Music

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

Christopher Johns is the owner of CJC Artists, LLC; a Wilmington, NC artist/event management firm founded in 2010.  Johns is also founding member of The Caretta Quartet (2012), a professional piano quartet.
Johns maintains a private teaching studio, an active performance schedule as a soloist, chamber musician and as a member of the Tallis Chamber Orchestra and the Long Bay Symphony Orchestras.  Johns has also been featured as a soloist with the Tallis Chamber Orchestra and the Wilmington Symphony.  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 and David Starkweather.  Johns has performed in master classes for Steven Doane, Levon Moradian, Jeffery Solow, Alexander Kramer, Jonathan Kramer, and Fred Raime.
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, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in cello performance.
Johns received a Master’s 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 the ARCO Chamber Orchestra, which performed in Carnegie Hall November of 2004.
In 2005, Johns was the winner of the Kanellos Award at the Greek Woman’s University Chorus Club National Music Competition in Chicago, IL, and was also selected as a winner of The University of Georgia Concerto Competition, awarding a performance with the university orchestra.  He was also the featured cellist on the 2005 documentary film, “Alvar Sunol: His Vision and His Art.”  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 has served as the Cello Instructor and Coordinator of the Community Music Academy for The University of North Carolina Wilmington Music Department since returning to Wilmington in 2008 and has been a highly sought after studio musician for various local and regional recording artists.
In his spare time he enjoys wood working and spending time with his wife Shannon and their three children, Anna, Libby and Parker.
Johns performs on a cello made in New York, 1997, by Horacio Piñeiro.

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