Norman Johns

Instrument: Cello

Hometown: West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Neighborhood: Walnut Hills

Joined the CSO in 1975

Professional experiences: Philadelphia musical academy BM , BME 1972 Institute for advanced musical studies Montreux Switzerland 1974

Inspiration as a musician: The challenges of life: its disappointments/triumphs; aspirations/realizations; birth/death; despair/epiphany.

Favorite Orchestral Work: Stravinsky Rite of Spring

Current playlist: Rhiannon Giddens, Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasilieras

What activities/organizations are you involved in outside of the CSO? Co-founded Corbett string quartet program at the school for creative and performing arts in 1985… lots of teaching since 1970.

Fun fact about Christopher: I may be tall and lanky now but I was born a very fat baby at 11 lbs. 7 oz.

How can the Orchestra make the world a better place?: Continued progress is dependent upon continued embrace of our diversity....  of performers, composers, audience, and support personnel. Our diversity in these areas gives credibility to our capacity to enlighten the community at large.