Dominic Johnson has called Chicago home for over 20 years, and hails originally from the Pacific Northwest. In the 90’s he played viola in an indie-rock band based in Chicago and Louisville called rachel’s, and subsequently felt the Windy City’s magnetic pull inexorably draw him into its heady orbit. Career highlights have included co-founding and executive directing the New Millennium Orchestra of Chicago from 2005-15, a 2016 solo show of his own work at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, and performances backing up artists like Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, and Lupe Fiasco.
The 2020’s find Mr. Johnson working as a project manager for Interactive Brokers while still occasionally composing, arranging, and recording from his home studio, employing skills honed on three seasons in the music department at Comedy Central’s Emmy-nominated show Drunk History. Other relatively recent musical activities have included membership in the University of Chicago’s Grossman Ensemble for the 2021-22 season; arrangements, music direction, and live performance for Sudan Archives’ 2020 NPR Tiny Desk concert; and strings for Josh Whitehouse’s song “Before Christmas”, featured in Netflix’s 2019 rom-com The Knight Before Christmas.