Kendall Isadore, Élise Sharp, and Dawn Johnson are known as a D.C. trio ”“The String Queens” and they are changing the face of classical music, one pop cover at a time.

Imagine being 16 years old and winning your first concert competition and hear a parent yell, “They only chose her because she’s black.” Dawn Johnson experienced that comment at a Miami New World Symphony Orchestral Academy. Johnson’s encounter isn’t an isolated incident. Both of her bandmates have experienced similar experiences with racism. These incidents led to their motivation for change! They hope to gain acceptance with their D.C. based musical project.
“We’re actually modeling what we believe the musical world should be like,” says Sharp. “And even the people that work with us our graphic designers & our production team in the studio, we try to partner with people who look like us & who have a similar message as us.
Their motivation for change is bigger than race. They believe reaching a wider audience would bridge the gap between classical and mainstream pop. “The String Queens” just recently celebrated the release of their self-titled debut album at The Blue Alley.

”The influence we have, from gospel, from jazz, from broadway, from classical—- we’ve sort of fused all those together at different points,” says Isadore. “I wish there was a formula that we could magically down and say, we do these steps when arranging songs. At the end of the day, it just comes from our hearts.”
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