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Blake-Anthony Johnson

Blake-Anthony Johnson has served as a Board member of Domus Pacis Family Respite since December 2020.

A former professional cellist who has performed with renowned ensembles and music festivals in the US and Europe, Blake-Anthony’s focus on arts administration and education began while he was a music student at Vanderbilt University.

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Blake-Anthony Johnson holds a Master of Music from Cleveland State University, a Bachelor of Music from Vanderbilt University, Blair School of Music, and a certificate from Manhattan School of Music in Orchestral Performance. Further professional training includes participation in the Sphinx Organization’s two-year arts leadership program and a Certificate of Study in American Law from the University of Pennsylvania.

The first African American executive to guide a nationally renowned orchestra, in May 2020 Blake-Anthony Johnson was named Chief Executive Officer at the age of 29 of the award-winning Chicago Sinfonietta, an organization acclaimed as a cultural leader in the field and a powerful champion of diversity, equity and inclusion.  He sits on the Steering Committee of Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative and is a member of the Faculty at Roosevelt University’s Chicago Conservatory of Performing Arts.  Prior to his appointment he served as the Director of Learning and Community for Louisville Orchestra and has worked in arts education and outreach with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, El Sistema, and the Academia Filarmónica de Medellín.

Blake-Anthony brings experience and skills to bolster financial and community support, champion equity, diversity and inclusion, and lead strategic innovation in marketing, education, and community engagement.

Since being introduced to DPFR in 2013 while performing with the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, he has had the pleasure of learning and witnessing its core principles in action. DPFR’s commitment to support loving relationships energized to endure the battles, celebrate the victories, and find peace with loss is heartening and is what fuels his interest and support.


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Chicago, Illinois
Chicago Sinfonietta