Praised for its “authentic, soulful, and orchestral sound”, The String Queens is a dynamic trio that creates stimulating musical experiences that inspire diverse audiences to love, hope, feel, and imagine!
With an array of repertoire spanning from the Baroque era to the Jazz Age to today’s Billboard Hot 100 Chart, The String Queens perform versatile programs that transport audiences through time and a multitude of musical genres.
Based in Washington, D.C., TSQ members have been featured in famed performance venues across four continents including: Carnegie Hall (New York, NY), The Howard Theatre (Washington, D.C.), Royal Festival Hall (London, England, UK), Radio City Music Hall (New York, NY), Shanghai Grand Theatre (Shanghai, China), The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.), Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Baltimore, MD), The Moscow Conservatory (Moscow, Russia), Blues Alley (Washington, D.C.), The Birchmere (Alexandria, VA), and The Music Center at Strathmore (Bethesda, MD), to name a few.
TSQ members have collaborated with artists throughout the music industry. In February 2019, they co-arranged a version of “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” which aired on ESPN, in collaboration with Aloe Blacc. They have also shared stages with award-winning artists including Ledisi, Solange, Leslie Odom Jr., Janelle Monae, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Common, Aretha Franklin, Fantasia, Mos Def, Whitney Houston, Richard Smallwood, Jussie Smollett, Andra Day, Donnie McClurkin, Larry Graham, Donald Lawrence, Kurt Carr, Lalah Hathaway, Wynton Marsalis, and Ruben Studdard, among others. As chamber and orchestral musicians, TSQ members have performed under the batons of legendary musical directors Ray Chew, Michael Bearden, Alan Gilbert, James Conlon, Rickey Minor, Adam Blackstone, Darin Atwater, James DePriest, Michael Tilson Thomas, and many more. With extensive experience collaborating with some of the greatest musicians of our time across a variety of musical genres, TSQ members have collectively developed a memorable and unique sound rooted in the highest level of artistry ready to be delivered to awaiting audiences.
In both February of 2018 and March 2019, Washington, D.C.’s leading news network WUSA9 featured TSQ on its “Great Day Washington” morning show. Recognized by the network as “school teachers by day and concert performers by night”, TSQ members are passionate and pedagogically-sound educators who use music as a medium to empower the next generation of performing artists. TSQ violinist Kendall Isadore and cellist Élise Cuffy both received their musical training at Howard University (Washington, D.C.), and TSQ violist Dawn Johnson received her musical training at The Juilliard School (New York, NY). In the field of music education, TSQ members have been recipients of Washington, D.C.’s Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Performing Arts Teaching, KIPP DC’s Executive Director’s Award, and The Juilliard School’s Peter Mennin Award. Currently, TSQ members direct award-winning string orchestra programs at the nationally recognized, high-performing charter school network KIPP. The ensemble is devoted to performing throughout the nation, and inspiring audience members of all ages with their unique sound and brilliant energy.