The String Queens (or TSQ) are a trio of women who reach diverse audiences—lovers of jazz, classical, soul, and pop music
alike—through their string instruments. With Élise Cuffy on cello (the largest instrument in the ensemble), Dawn Johnson on viola (a bigger
version of the violin), and Kendall Isadore on violin, these DC artists play it all. From seventeenth to eighteenth century Baroque (bah-roke)
music to jazz to songs from Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart, TSQ focuses on giving their audience an experience that broadens their musical horizons
and inspires them to hear something new each time. It’s no surprise to their fans that they’ve shared the stage with “Queen of Soul” Aretha
Franklin, pop icons like Demi Lovato and Ariana Grande, as well as jazz legend Wynton Marsalis.
Part of what draws audiences into the music of TSQ is the very instruments they play and the way they make those instruments sing. Pulling
their bows emotionally over the strings, the women expertly convey the deepest human emotions, moving audiences—regardless of the kind of music
they play. Check out the depth of their music in their vast portfolio.
TSQ credits much of their success with the education they received—Cuffy and Isadore at Howard University in DC, and Johnson at The Julliard
School in New York. The women of TSQ are committed to the future of music education, hoping to inspire and prepare the next generation of
musicians. They’re music teachers by day, directing string orchestra programs through the KIPP charter school network, and performers by night,
as they transport audiences across the country through time and new musical experiences.