Barbara is the Personnel Manager for the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, as well as a violinist with the symphony. She began playing violin with WFSO in 1988. Barbara is also a violinist and core musician with the Dallas Opera Orchestra. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and received her Master of Music Degree from Southern Methodist University. Barbara has been a faculty member and violinist with the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. She was also a member of the Innsbruck Symphony and Opera Orchestra in Innsbruck, Austria as well as performing frequently with the Muenchner Chamber Orchestra in Munich, Germany. She has played many professional studio recording sessions in Dallas, and numerous performances and tours with many professional entertainers including filming a TNN television special with Floyd Cramer in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Barbara is listed in the Marquis “Who’s Who in Entertainment” as well as numerous other “Who’s Who” publications. She also performs frequently as a professional free-lance violinist and violist in the Dallas-Ft Worth Metroplex. “The Classic Strings” Ensembles was founded by Barbara in which she hires musical ensembles, from solo violinist to symphony orchestra, to play for many types of functions such as weddings, parties, and corporate events. Barbara also has a Private Music Studio in Irving, Texas, where she teaches violin and viola lessons to students of all ages from the beginning level to advanced.
Kathy Johnson began her violin studies with her mother at the age of four. After studying with various other teachers including Michael Davis at Ohio State, she went on to receive a Bachelor of Music Degree in Violin Performance from Baldwin-Wallace College, near Cleveland, Ohio. Receiving a full scholarship, she then attended Northwestern University to receive a Master in Music, studying with Blair Milton of the Chicago Symphony. During her two years in Chicago, she played with the Civic Orchestra, the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony. She worked with many well know conductors including Daniel Barenboim and Sir George Solti. Kathy has been in the Dallas area for over 20 years, and currently plays with the Wichita Falls Symphony (20th season!), is an associate musician with the Dallas Opera, and subs in the East Texas and Lewisville Symphonies. She also coaches the Young Performers Orchestra and Dallas String Ensemble of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra. Having been teaching since high school, Kathy teaches violin lessons out of her home in McKinney, Texas. Her teaching experience comes from teaching in her mother’s studio, teaching in the Preparatory Department at BW College, her teaching assistantship at Northwestern, and teaching at the Dallas Suzuki Academy from 1997-2017. Because both of her daughters play violin plus a wind instrument and her husband is a band director, she is surrounded by music all of the time!