About Carl J.
Carl J. is a veteran Chicago performer and educator. He has taught violin and viola privately for the past 30 years at the University of Chicago Laboratory School, DePaul University, American Conservatory of Music, VanderCook College of Music, Amundsen High School in Chicago, IL, Munster High School in Munster, IN, Lincoln Hall Middle School in Lincolnwood, IL, Sandburg High School in Orland Park, IL and currently at his home studio and the Music Connection in Orland Park, IL. His performance experiences range from Concertmaster of the Mozart Sinfonia, Associate Concertmaster of the Chicago Chamber Orchestra and Illinois Philharmonic, and former Concertmaster of the Northwest Indiana and Dubuque Iowa Symphonies. Mr. J. is a member of the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Vienna Waltz Ensemble. He has performed with the Chicago Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Grant Park Symphony, Lyric Opera, American Chamber Symphony, and the Ravinia Festival Orchestra. Mr. J. has appeared as soloist with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra in Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, China and Korea. In the “Pop World” Mr. Johnston has shared the stage with Donna Summer, Dionne Warwick, Roberta Flack, Sheena Easton, Kenny Rogers, Manhattan Transfer, Moody Blues, Electric Light Orchestra, Rod Stewart, John Denver, Frank Sinatra Jr., Red Skelton, Eddy Arnold, Dianne Carroll, Brian Wilson, The Beach Boy’s, Chicago, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, The Dixie Chicks, Andy Williams, Smokey Robinson, Ray Charles, Olivia Newton-John, Donny Osmond, Michael Feinstein, Doc Severinsen, Judy Collins, Peabo Bryson, Carol Lawrence, Don McLean, Vic Demone, Clay Aiken, Allison Krauss, Martina McBride, Wynonna Judd and Barry Manilow. Mr. J.’s teachers include Paul Post, Raymond Niwa, Dorothy Delay and Yuko Honda. He received his BM and MM from the Chicago Musical College at Roosevelt University in Chicago. Mr. J. can be heard on 28 classical and Jazz CD’s including “Flourish” with the Vienna Waltz Ensemble.