Dominic Johnson, viola

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Dominic Johnson has called Chicago home for over 18 years, and hails originally from the Pacific Northwest. In the 90’s he played viola in an indie-rock band based in Chicago and Louisville called rachel’s, and subsequently felt the Windy City's magnetic pull inexorably draw him into its heady orbit. Career highlights have included co-founding and executive directing the New Millennium Orchestra of Chicago from 2005-15, a solo show of his own work at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, and performances backing up artists like Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, and Lupe Fiasco. 2020's finds Mr. Johnson predominantly composing, arranging, and recording from his home studio, employing skills honed over the last four years working in the music department at Comedy Central’s Emmy-nominated show Drunk History. Other recent activities have included arrangements, music direction, and live performance for Sudan Archives' 2020 NPR Tiny Desk concert, strings for Josh Whitehouse's song “Before Christmas” in Netflix's 2019 rom-com The Knight Before Christmas, and transcriptions and remote live performance for electronic music producer Robot Koch in April of 2020.