As an avid arts administrator and Development Director for the PYO Music Institute, Danielle Johnson is thrilled to connect patrons with the mission of PYO – to transform young lives through the power of excellent and accessible music education.
Prior to joining the PYO Music Institute, Danielle served as Manager of Learning and Wellness for the Philadelphia Orchestra, a role in which she actively engaged the Philadelphia community through educational programming for young musicians, schools, and families, and immersive community engagement with individuals experiencing trauma such as homelessness, incarceration, and health crises. Her previous role with The Florida Orchestra in the Tampa Bay area (of which she is a native) included similar educational programming, focusing primarily on youth and community music-making.
The seeds of Danielle’s dedication to development in the arts were planted in college, when she co-directed a student-led benefit concert at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music to support Haitian earthquake victims. This experience led to participation in the DeVos Institute’s internship program at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where she served as a development intern for the National Symphony Orchestra and Washington National Opera.
Committed to life-long learning as well as supporting others in their growth, Danielle participated in the League of American Orchestra’s Essentials of Orchestra Management program in 2015 and subsequently as a member of the League’s Education and Community Engagement Leadership Committee. Danielle is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Greater Philadelphia Chapter.
Danielle holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Rice University, where she studied cello with Professor Norman Fischer. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, fitness, gardening, and travelling.