Jeri Lynne Johnson


How to Become A: Conductor Composer


Watch Jeri Lynne Johnson, Founding Music Director of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, share her trailblazing experiences as an African American female conductor. She explains her multicultural approach to classical music and offers important lessons in commanding respect, developing leadership skills, and the value of hard work. In discussing her career highlights, she takes us backstage at the Weimar Staatskapelle in Germany, one of the oldest orchestras in the world, where she conducted Tchaikowsky’s” Romeo and Juliet”.

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