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Barbara Johnston

Barbara Johnston

Principal Cello

Barbara Johnston has appeared frequently as a soloist with numerous orchestras in the Northwest. Her solo appearances with Portland Columbia Symphony, Sinfonia Concertante Chamber Orchestra, and the Newport, Willamette Falls and Cascade symphonies have included works by Schumann, Elgar, Bloch, Creston, Boccherini, Moor, Vivaldi, Fauré, Saint-Saëns, Haydn, and Richard Strauss.

Barbara studied music at Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the Guildhall School in London. Among her teachers were Colin Hampton of the Griller Quartet, William Pleeth of London’s Allegri Quartet, and Raymond Davis, principal cellist of the Seattle Symphony. She has played with the Oregon Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Opera, and Oregon Ballet Theatre.

In addition to her work as principal cellist with Portland Columbia Symphony, she is a founding member and principal cellist of the Newport Symphony Orchestra. She also plays with the Element String Quartet of Newport and the Chehalem String Quartet of Portland.

Barbara lives in Scappoose with her husband, Craig, the principal timpanist of Portland Columbia Symphony. She recently retired from her law practices in Oregon and Washington, giving her additional time to devote to chamber music, as well as gardening, traveling, sailing, and writing.

Barbara Johnston’s chair is sponsored by George & Susan Stonecliffe