Karen Johnson

  • Founder/Artistic Director of Dancing Heart
  • Co-principal of the Chesapeake Orchestra
  • Faculty - St. Mary's College of Maryland and the Levine School of Music, Wash., DC.

Karen Johnson is known as a colorful and virtuosic stylist of both solo and chamber music repertoire.  She has served as principal flutist of the Washington Bach Consort and is the Co-Principal of the Chesapeake Orchestra. The Washington Post has described her playing as “exquisite” and “mesmerizing” and in another recent review the Post said “ … flutist Karen Johnson wrought unforgettable magic.” She has performed throughout the United States and Mexico with the Takacs String Quartet, the Bach Aria Group and popular artist Stevie Wonder. She has also performed with the Bethlehem Bach Festival, the Shelter Island Music Festival and the Glimmerglass Chamber Music Festival. Her recent recital venues include the National Gallery of Art, the Romanian Embassy, the French Embassy and the Icelandic Embassy. She has won numerous competitions and awards, including a solo recitalist grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.  She is currently working on a flute and piano CD, From the Americas, with pianist Carlos Rodriquez.  Ms. Johnson is on the faculties of the St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the Levine School of Music, and NCFC.  She is also an active participant in the “Bach to School” music outreach program in the District of Columbia. With colleagues Carlos Rodriquez, piano and John Kilkenny, percussion Ms. Johnson has recently formed a new musical ensemble DANCING HEART, a group dedicated to inspired performances that transform audiences.