As Chief Education Officer, Carnegie Hall, and Director, Weill Music Institute, Sarah Johnson is responsible for developing and overseeing all Carnegie Hall education and social impact programs. The Weill Music Institute annually serves over 500,000 children, students, teachers, parents, young music professionals, and adults in the New York City metropolitan area, across the United States, and around the world. During her time at Carnegie Hall, Ms. Johnson has led the Weill Music Institute in enormous programmatic growth and has launched numerous initiatives including: Musical Connections, serving people in the justice system and in healthcare settings; Create Justice, a national cross-sector discussion among artists, policy-makers, funders, and researchers on the role of the arts in juvenile justice reform; the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, an international touring ensemble for extraordinary young musicians ages 16-19; NYO2, a summer training program for outstanding musicians ages 14-17, as well as the newly-launched NYO Jazz, which recently completed its first international tour. She received the 2017 Arts Education Leadership Award from Americans for the Arts, and was also the 2013 American Express NGen Leadership Award winner, an honor given each year to one accomplished leader under the age of 40 who has demonstrated significant impact in addressing society’s critical needs. In the fall of 2012, Musical America named Ms. Johnson one of the 30 Rising Stars in the Performing Arts under the age of 40.
Prior to joining Carnegie Hall in April 2007, Ms. Johnson served as Director of Education and Community Partnerships at The Philadelphia Orchestra. She has also worked as a teaching artist with the New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center Institute. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Ms. Johnson received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in oboe performance, and she is a founding member of Ariel Winds.
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