AGE 68 I MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA I UNITED STATES
After Adrienne Johnson earned a Bachelor of Music from University of Minnesota in 1977, she was accepted into The Juilliard School, where she completed her master’s. She went on to forge a career as an elementary teacher and playwright, authoring two plays each year at her school, the Archdiocese of St. Paul. One of her plays, The Annunciation of Mary, was nominated for a Grammy® music educator award. (She’s currently working on a musical about the immense contribution of Fred Rogers.) In the meantime, she also raised four boys; she returned to the piano seriously around 10 years ago, after the youngest left home. Adrienne is also a huge advocate of community service: she works with local organizations to bring music to retirement and health communities, and she is dabbling in music therapy for autistic children. A past participant in a number of international competitions, including the 2016 Cliburn, she hopes this experience raises her to a higher level of audience communication.