Edith Yokley


Edith Dawn Yokley is a violinist from Chicago who is now based in New York but works in both cities. Ms. Yokley performs with the Chicago Sinfonietta and plays in Phantom of The Opera on Broadway in New York. Since returning from her masters degree work at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor she has performed with such artists as Barry White, Nancy Wilson, Andrea Boccelli, Smokey Robinson, Dennis DeYoung of the Styxx, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, K.D.Lang, Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams, Smokie Norful, Darius Brooks, and others. She has also appeared with J.Lo on The Oprah Show, Il Divo on the Today Show, and Common on The Conan O'brien Show. Edith, a part of the trio Black Beauty Ensemble(BBE), performed We're Just Ordianry People for John Legend at a pre-Grammy Party in his honor in New York City. She performed with legendary saxaphonist James Carter as well as rapper Mos Def at Carnegie Hall. Ms. Yokley received her masters degree in 1999 from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor where as a violin fellow, she studied with Professor Paul Kantor. While at the University of Michigan, Edith was a member of the University's Mariach Troupe, as well as the Philharmonia Orchestra. While in her last year at U of M, Edith began jazz improvisation. She has been featured on several CDs and does session work in both Chicago and New York. Some of the artists whose cds she has worked on are Common, Alicia Keys, Faith Evans, Joe, Parisian producer/musician/actor Maxim Nucci, Black Rob, KeKe Wyatt, and others. Edith is also a contractor and has contracted everything from recording sessions to weddings to a 60 piece ensemble for a performance at Lincoln Center's Rose Hall, as well as the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem. Ms. Yokley is a violinist with the Tim Janis Ensemble based in New York and was the featured violinist on the Tim Janis Beautiful America PBS Special and Tour. Ms. Yokley is also a violinist with the Steve Edwards Orchestra, High Society Orchestra and Good Times Society Bands in Chicago. She is also the string ensemble instructor for The Professional Performing Arts High School (PPAS) through the Songs of Solomon Arts Program. Edith has a private studio and enjoys teaching beginners through intermediate students from 2 to 60.