Johanna Yarbrough graduated from the Colburn Conservatory of Music with a professional studies certificate, where her principal teachers were David Krehbiel and Andrew Bain. She studied with Charles Snead at the University of Alabama, where she graduated with a Bachelor Of Music degree in 2012, magna cum laude. Johanna studied with Frøydis Ree Wekre for one year (2008-2009) while attending the Norwegian Music Academy in Oslo, Norway. She holds the first prize of the 2009 University division of the International Horn Competition of America.
Johanna spent the summers of 2010 and 2011 as a member of the Schleswig-Holstein Summer Orchestral Academy in northern Germany. She was born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida, where she began her music studies at the age of 11 with Michelle Stebleton. Always one with a competitive streak, Johanna chose the horn after her 6th-grade band director told her it was the most difficult instrument.
The musical achievement she's most proud of is the year she spent studying in Oslo, Norway:
"Not only was it very difficult to get into the music academy there, but it was also a challenge to survive living in a foreign country when I was 19. My teacher, Froydis Ree Wekre, is a world-renowned teacher who took me under her wing and taught me so much." Not only did I learn a lot, but I grew as a person and made many wonderful friends that I have kept in touch with over the years."
Johanna's favorite orchestral pieces are Brahms 4, Mahler 1, Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet. The most played song on her iPod is a tie between Niel Young's Harvest Moon and Kings of Convenience's Renegade.