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Cello Chat with Host Dr. Benjamin Whitcomb and guest Trace Johnson

About the Episode 

On this episode of Cello Chat, my special guest is Trace   Johnson, a musician from Madison, WI

Meet the Guest

   Trace has won several symphony orchestra auditions. In 2017, Trace won a   section cello position with the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra in Fort   Myers, Florida and, one year later in 2018, a section position at the   Sarasota Orchestra in Sarasota, Florida. Recently in 2023, Trace won a   section cello position with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and the Madison   Symphony Orchestra in Madison, Wisconsin. Trace has also recently appeared   with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Artosphere Festival Orchestra   in Fayetteville, Arkansas.    As a chamber performer, Trace has appeared in recitals with faculty from   the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Eastman School of Music, New England   Conservatory of Music, University of California: Los Angeles, The Juilliard   School, Rice University, The Colburn School, University of Toronto, Florida   Atlantic University, Lynn Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida, Palm Beach   Atlantic University, Florida International University, Shenandoah University,   Queens College in New York City, SUNY Purchase University, Mannes School of   Music, and the University of Michigan-Lansing. Trace has had recent chamber   collaborations with members of the Willy Street Chamber Players, Bach Dancing   Dynamite Society, and LunArts Festival in Madison, Wisconsin and in Fairhope,   Alabama at the Eastern Shore Chamber Music Festival.    In addition to his orchestral and chamber performance work, Trace has also   worked as a composer, arranger, and recording instrumentalist. In May 2015,   Trace successfully auditioned into the Canadian touring string-rock octet,   Barrage8. Trace performed internationally in Europe, Canada, and across the   United States for eight months and performed the Barrage8 show more than   seventy times both in solo and collaborative outreach contexts. In early   spring 2016, Trace recorded the complete tutti and solo cello parts for the   Barrage8 2015-16 Tour Release. In 2017, Trace co-wrote music that appeared in   the Wisconsin indie short film, Christmas Trees. Christmas Trees, shot and   directed by videographer Jack Whaley, debuted at the Wisconsin Film Festival   at Sundance Theatres in Madison, Wisconsin. In 2020, Trace composed and   recorded original music for the Wisconsin short film, One Foot In, which made   it’s debut in the Wisconsin Film Festival that year as well. One Foot In   featured veteran actors from Wisconsin’s own American Players Theatre and   raised over fifty-thousand dollars with it’s crowdfunding campaign leading up   to the production of the short film. Trace recorded and composed original   music for the virtual-reading release of New York-based author Mark Belaire’s   newest publication, Stonehaven, in the fall of 2020. Trace is currently   working on original music for the second installment of Mark’s narrative,   Edgewood, which will be published in the spring of 2023.    During the pandemic, Trace produced recordings for Master Chorale of South   Florida in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Sarasota Orchestra in Sarasota, Florida,   Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society and the Madison New Music Festival in   Madison, Wisconsin. In November 2020, Trace recorded solo cello work, All the   Pretty Little Horses, by Wisconsin-based composer Laura Schwendinger at   Oktaven Studios in Hoboken, New Jersey; the unaccompanied cello work will be   included on an Albany Records release in the near future. In August 2021,   Trace produced recordings from two contemporary solo recitals recorded live   at the Arts + Literature Laboratory in Madison, WI in early August 2021. At   the A+LL recitals, Trace performed works by Osvaldo Golijov, Steven Stucky,   J.S. Bach, Laura Elise Schwendinger, and a premiere from New York-based   composer, Jesse Limbacher entitled, 'Trace for ‘Cello Solo’. In the summer of   2022 at the Atlantic Music Festival in Waterville, Maine, Trace premiered the   new unaccompanied cello solo ‘Hushing Song’ by Pulitzer-prize-winning   American composer, Melinda Wagner.    Trace has been teaching for more than a decade in schools and private   institutions both nationally and abroad. Trace is Suzuki Certified in   Pre-Twinkle, Suzuki Book 1, and Book 2 from master-pedagogue, Dr. Tanya   Carey. Trace worked as the principal   cello teacher and group class instructor at the Palm Beach Suzuki School of   Music from 2014-2021. In Florida, Trace had multiple students successfully   audition into first-chair appointments at Palm Beach Youth Orchestra in West   Palm Beach, Florida Youth Orchestra, Youth Orchestra of Palm Beach County in   Boca Raton, and the 2020-21 All-County Middle-School Orchestra of South   Florida. In 2020, Trace had several students win auditions at the 2020-21   Florida All-State Orchestra, successfully audition into the prestigious   Dreyfoos School of the Arts High School in West Palm Beach. Trace also had a   student win a top prize at the Festival of the Arts Competition in Boca Raton   after his performance of Unaccompanied Bach dance movements from the G Major   Bach Cello Suite. In Wisconsin, Trace has had students successfully audition   into Wisconsin Youth Orchestra’s (WYSO) top orchestra, Youth Orchestra. Trace   has recently appeared with the Madison Youth Choir, Madison Cello Ensemble,   and WYSO Chamber Program as an outreach performer and chamber music   instructor. Trace currently teaches a   private studio of cellists at his home on the east side of Madison.    Trace has received numerous fellowship scholarships to pursue music; he has   been a fellow at the Atlantic Music Festival in Watertown, ME, Eastern Music   Festival in Greensboro, NC, and the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, a   nationally acclaimed chamber music festival, in Madison, WI. During summer   studies, Trace collaborated with composers Melinda Wagner, Christopher   Dobrian, George Tsontakis, Donald Crockett, Ken Ueno, and Sol-bong Kim. In   2017 and 2018, Trace shared the stage with eminent artists Midori, Anne   Akiko-Myers, Stefan Jackiw, Awadagin Pratt, William Wolfram, and Nadja   Salerno-Sonnenburg at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, NC. As a   Master’s student at Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL, Trace performed the   Brahms Double Concerto with the Lynn Philharmonia after winning the annual   concerto competition. Trace also won first prize in the Lyric Chamber Society   of New York's Chamber Competition and first prize at the John Oliveira String   Competition.    Trace is one-quarter Mexican whose ancestry comes from relatives who   emigrated from Chihuahua, Mexico to the bay area of California in the middle   of the 19th century. Trace is affiliated with the national organization and   diversity in the arts leader, Sphinx organization, and has been a scholarship   recipient several times in recent years. In Spring 2023, Trace was a   top-prize winner at the Bolz Center for Arts Administration’s Arts Business   Competition in addition to receiving the Lyman S.V. Judson and Ellen   Mackechnie Judson Graduate Student Award in the Creative Arts, Creative Arts   Division Creative Arts Award, and the Mead Witter Music School Graduate   Student Grant Competition award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.    Trace received his Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from the   Cleveland Institute of Music in 2012 and his Master’s of Music from Lynn   Conservatory in December 2016; his principal instructors have been David   Cole, Dr. Melissa Kraut, Joseph Johnson, and Dr. Tanya Carey. Trace is   currently dissertating with a minor in Electro-Acoustic Music at the   University of Wisconsin-Madison Mead Witter School of Music as a Collins   Fellow studying with cellist and Feldenkreis practitioner, Uri Vardi and Pro   Arte Quartet cellist, Parry Karp.

Cellist Trace Johnson is a musician from Madison, Wisconsin.   Trace has appeared as a chamber musician, soloist, and orchestral musician in   a wide variety of ensembles and settings around the world. Equally at home   teaching in the studio or performing on stage, Trace is a devoted and   thoughtful communicator who enjoys a varied career as a cellist, teacher, and   musician.

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