Mason Mourns Music Professor Johonnott

Posted: November 9, 2010 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: November 8, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Edwin S. Johonnott V, a Mason music professor who provided private music instruction in violin and viola, died Oct. 10 from complications from diabetes, according to an obituary in the Washington Post. He was 66.

Formerly the first violinist with the National Symphony Orchestra, where he served from 1968 to 2000, Johonnott studied at Indiana University and Illinois University.

Johonnott also taught at the Shenandoah Conservatory and the University of Mary Washington. Johonnott was also a presenter at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute classes.

Survivors include his wife, Dianne Jenkins Johonnott of Annandale; two children, Stephanie J. Reynolds and Edwin S. Johonnott VI; a sister; and two grandsons.

A memorial service for Johonnott is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m. at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church, 8617 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, Va. The phone number for the church is 703-978-3500.

During the Mason Symphony Orchestra Concert on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m., the Symphony No. 5 by Ralph Vaughn Williams will be dedicated to Johonnott. In addition, the Mason Chamber Ensembles concert on Monday, Dec. 6, at 8 p.m. will be dedicated to him.

The Johonnott family has established the Edwin S. Johonnott V Memorial Scholarship Fund through the Virginia String Teachers Association (VASTA). The scholarship will benefit future violin and viola students going to college to pursue a career in music. Contributions in memory of Johonnott may be sent to VASTA, c/o Karey Sitzler, VASTA Treasurer, 404 Patrick St., Portsmouth, VA 23707.

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