Danielle Johnson joined the Adams12 Five Star District in 2003. While at Mountain Range, the orchestras have consistently grown and received "superior" ratings at CHSAA large group festivals. They also won a regional first place prize at the Heritage Festival in Colorado Springs, which earned them a special performance at the national level at the acclaimed Symphony Hall in Chicago. Other highlighted performances include side-by-side concerts with the Emerald Mountain School from Steamboat Springs, CO, the opening act performance for a show in Branson, MO, and a combined performance with the international touring group, Barrage.
Johnson is sought after as a guest clinician and adjudicator along the Front Range. An active performer, she plays associate principal violist in the Steamboat Symphony. For 12 years, she spent the summer months as Dean of Women and Interdisciplinary Faculty Instructor for the string chamber music program, Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory. She now spends her summers conducting internationally in Europe (Voyageurs, Int.) and the Middle East (Lebanese International Orchestra Workshop). In 2013, Johnson was named Colorado's "Music Director Who Makes a Difference" by the publication School Band & Orchestra.
In addition to teaching orchestra at Mountain Range High School, Johnson also conducts the Front Range Youth Symphony at the Arvada Center. Previously, she taught for Wheaton's pre-college program, the International School of Bangkok in Thailand, Boulder Suzuki Strings, and the public schools in Omaha, Nebraska and Northglenn, Colorado. Johnson received her Bachelor of Music Education from Wheaton College Conservatory in Wheaton, Illinois, and her Masters in Violin Performance/Pedagogy at the University of Colorado at Boulder.