William Johnston, Program Coordinator
William Johnston leads a varied career as a violist and educator based in Atlanta. Praised for his “richly lyrical tone and expressive playing” (ArtsATL.com), he has appeared throughout the country in solo and chamber music performances, with recent highlights including Fringe Atlanta, Sonic Generator, Emory University, and Eddie’s Attic. William is in demand as an orchestral musician, serving as principal violist of The Atlanta Opera and performing with numerous orchestras in the southeast, including the Sarasota Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He has performed at many summer festivals, including Aspen, Kent/Blossom, Sarasota, and as principal violist of the Utah Festival Opera.
William is equally committed to music education. He is a registered Suzuki teacher, and completed long-term teacher training in books 1-4 with Kimberly Meier-Sims at the Cleveland Institute of Music. William has presented masterclasses at colleges and universities, including Florida Southern College, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Valdosta State University. He currently maintains a private studio of children and adults, and is an active clinician in the Atlanta area.
William is a native of Sarasota, Florida and graduated from Pine View School in Osprey. Beginning music lessons with the piano at age four, he later studied the viola with Dorothy Stahler, Alison Heydt, Victoria Chiang, James Dunham, and Robert Vernon. He is a graduate of the Peabody Institute and Rice University, and is the first violist to receive the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He is currently training with Andover Educators to become a licensed instructor of Body Mapping, a method of preventing injury and enhancing performance by providing accurate information about the body in movement.