Trace L. Johnson

Cello Teacher

Trace Johnson


Madison, WI
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Trace Johnson is a professional cellist, musician, and teacher from Madison, Wisconsin. Trace has shared the stage with eminent artists Midori, Nelly, Andrea Bocelli, Kelsey Lu, Rhiannon Giddens, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenburg, Yo Yo Ma, and members of the grammy-winning ensemble, Snarky Puppy. Trace works extensively as a performer and composer in New York, Florida, and Wisconsin, in addition to holding a cello position at the Sarasota Orchestra.

Trace is offering in-person private and group cello lessons on the East side of Madison and also online, via a virtual cello studio. Trace has been teaching for more than a decade in schools and communities around the world and is certified in Suzuki Pre-Twinkle, Book 1-2 pedagogy method.

Trace has had cello students successfully audition into first-chair appointments at the Palm Beach Youth Orchestra in West Palm Beach, Florida, Florida Youth Orchestra in Davie, FL, Youth Orchestra of Palm Beach County in Boca Raton, FL, and the 2020-21 All-County Middle-School Orchestra of South Florida. In 2020, Trace had several students who won auditions at the 2020-21 Florida All-State Orchestra and also some who won cash prizes in local competitions. Trace has prepared students for college auditions and also had students successfully go on to the music school of their choice.

Trace is currently a DMA candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Meade-Witter School of Music as a Collins fellow and holds a cello position with the Sarasota Orchestra in Sarasota, Florida.