Sarah Johnson


Sarah Johnson

Sarah Johnson came to The Philadelphia Orchestra as the Director of Education and Community Partnerships in December 2003. In addition to her responsibilities for the Orchestra's wide range of education and community programs, Ms. Johnson plays a leadership role in an organization-wide initiative designed to deepen the musical experiences of existing audiences and bring new audiences into the concert hall. Under this initiative, entitled "Raising the Invisible Curtain," she has played a key role in initiating a number of exciting programs, including the in-depth School Partnership Program for elementary school children; the Access Series, an adult subscription concert series for curious listneners; and the Camden Community Partnership Initiative, an in-depth community engagement program with residents of Camden NJ.

Developing imaginative programming to connect with young audiences is one of Ms. Johnson's key skills, honed during the several years preceding her arrival in Philadelphia when she worked in music education for major music institutions in New York City, both as an administrator and a teaching artist. At New York City's cultural icon, the 92nd Street Y, she served as program associate for the educational outreach program, writing curriculum and other educational materials, leading professional development sessions for teachers and teaching artists, and working in program creation, development, and assessment. She also helped to develop and/or lead teaching and outreach programs for musicians from the Saint Louis Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, and Tanglewood, among others. From 1999 to 2002 Ms. Johnson worked as a teaching artist with the New York Philharmonic School Partnership Program and Lincoln Center Institute.

A graduate from the Juilliard School, Ms. Johnson received her bachelor's and master's degrees in oboe performance in 1997 and 1999. She is also a founding member of Ariel Winds, a wind quintet dedicated to educational outreach.

Discussion Panels with Sarah Johnson:

Engaging the Community
August 21 - 31, 2006