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. 

String specialist teaching violin, viola, cello and bass with the Philadelphia school system. All grade levels from 4 to 12 from 1972–75.

Inspiration as a musician: The challenges of life: its disappointments/triumphs; aspirations/realizations; birth/death; despair/epiphany. The trials and tribulations in life are like the dissonances and resolutions in our musical language and if you can see what you hear then you are well on your way to enjoying what we have to offer.

Favorite Orchestral Work: Stravinsky's 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 and lots of teaching since 1970.

Fun fact about Norman: 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.