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Robert KYR CD

Robert Kyr CD

Conspirare / Craig Hella Johnson

2014
Harmonia Mundi 807577 – 76’48″

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♦ Recorded June 2013 at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi Performing Arts Center, Corpus Christi, TX

Craig Hella Johnson leads Conspirare, soprano Estelí Gomez, baritone David Farwig, and the Victoria Bach Festival string orchestra in this first recording of three choral works by Robert Kyr. Exploring the relationship between human and divine love, his cantatas The Cloud of Unknowing (2013) and Songs of the Soul (2011) transfixed audiences and critics alike when Conspirare premiered them. – from Harmonia Mundi package notes

“A powerful new achievement in American music that vividly traces a journey from despair to transcendence.” — The Wall Street Journal, concert review

“Beautiful music magnificently done.” — The Buffalo News, advance review

program bookletFanfare Magazine interview with Robert Kyr, January 2014 (pdf)


  1. THE SINGER’S ODE (2012)

THE CLOUD OF UNKNOWING (2013)

PART I: SONGS OF NIGHT

  1. I. Unknowing
  2. II. Fearing
  3. III. Forgetting
  4. IV. Longing

PART II. SONGS OF DAWN

  1. I. Waiting
  2. II. Thinking
  3. III. Beseeching
  4. IV. Piercing
  5. V. Surrendering
  6. VI. Enduring

SONGS OF THE SOUL (2011)

  1. I. Descending: From the Abyss
  2. II. Venturing: On a Dark Night
  3. III. Hoping: Toward Dawn
  4. IV. Transforming: Beloved into Lover
  5. V. Arising: A Time for Song
  6. VI. Uniting: Leaving My Cares
  7. VII. Transcending: And Love Remains

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The Sacred Spirit of Russia

The Sacred Spirit of Russia CD

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Conspirare / Craig Hella Johnson

2014
Harmonia Mundi 807526 – 77’50″

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♦ Recorded February 2013 at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Austin, TX

Led by Craig Hella Johnson and featuring the distinctive American basso profundo Glenn Miller, Conspirare offers a fervently sung and eclectic collection of choral music such as might be heard in the splendor of a Christmas liturgy from a Russian Cathedral. – from Harmonia Mundi package notes

Feature at WXQR (New York Public Radio), 01.05.14
— Review by Paul Robinson of the February 2013 concerts in Austin

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FROM THE MATINS SERVICE

  1. The Great Doxology No. 2 (Op. 57) – Alexander Kastalsky, 1856-1926

FROM THE LITURGY OF THE WORD

  1. Bless the Lord, O My Soul, (Liturgy, Op. 37, No. 2) – Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov, 1859-1935
  2. Glory… / Only Begotten Son, (Liturgy No. 2, Op. 29, No. 2) – Alexander Gretchaninov, 1864-1956
  3. The Beatitudes – Vladimir Martynov, b. 1946
  4. Come, Let Us Worship (Op. 8, No. 2) – Pavel Tchesnokov, 1877-1944
  5. Christmas Troparion (Inexpressible Wonder, No. 4) – Georgi Sviridov, 1915-1998
  6. Today the Virgin (Op. 7b, Znamenny Chant) – Alexander Kastalsky
  7. As Many Have Been Baptized (Op. 18c, Znamenny Chant) – Alexander Kastalsky

FROM THE LITURGY OF THE FAITHFUL

  1. Cherubic Hymn (Op. 7, No. 1) – Pavel Tchesnokov
  2. The Creed (Liturgy No. 2, Op. 29, No. 8) – Alexander Gretchaninov
  3. A Mercy of Peace (Znamenny Chant, Op. 6) – Alexander Kastalsky
  4. Hymn to the Mother of God for the Nativity, Znamenny Chant
  5. Our Father (Liturgy No. 2, Op. 29, No. 11) – Alexander Gretchaninov
  6. Praise the Lord from the Heavens (Liturgy, Op. 42, No. 9) – Pavel Tchesnokov

SACRED CONCERTOS

  1. A Wondrous Birth (A Wondrous Birth, No. 7) – Georgi Sviridov
  2. We Should Choose to Love Silence (Concerto for the Nativity of Christ) – Andrei Ilyashenko, 1884-1954
  3. Now the Powers of Heaven (Passion Week, Op. 58, No. 6) – Alexander Gretchaninov
  4. Do Not Cast Me Off in My Old Age (Op. 40, No. 5) – Pavel Tchesnokov

CLOSING OF THE LITURGY

  1. Let Our Mouths Be Filled (Liturgy, Op. 31, No. 18) – Sergei Rachmaninov, 1873-1943
  2. Blessed Be the Name of the Lord (Liturgy, Op. 31, No. 19) – Sergei Rachmaninov
  3. Preserve, O Lord, for Many Years (Liturgy, Op. 79) – Alexander Gretchaninov
  1. Our Father – Nikolai Kedrov, Sr., 1871-1940

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Kevin Puts CD

Kevin Puts

Kevin Puts
(Andrew Shapter)

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Conspirare / Craig Hella Johnson
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra / Marin Alsop

2013
Harmonia Mundi HMU 907580 – 60’02″

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♦ Tracks 1-10 recorded September/October 2012 at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Austin, TX
♦ Tracks 11-14 recorded live June 2012 at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, MD

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts is known for his distinctive and richly colored musical voice. Making their label début, Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra perform Puts’ Symphony No. 4 (“From Mission San Juan”), inspired by Native American melodies. Opening this program of world première recordings, Craig Hella Johnson leads Conspirare in two choral settings of texts by women poets: “To Touch the Sky” and “If I Were a Swan.” (from Harmonia Mundi package notes). Mela Dailey, Conspirare solo soprano.

“I refer to Kevin Puts as a ‘break-through’ composer because it is my opinion that he will soon be a household name in American music …”  read more by Daniel Coombs at Audiophile Audition

Pre-release review at broadwayworld.com


Conspirare, Craig Hella Johnson

  • 1. If I Were a Swan 2012 (Fleda Brown, b. 1944)
  • To Touch the Sky, 2012
  • Nine Songs for Unaccompanied Chorus on Texts by Women
  • 2. I. Annunciation (Magnificat), (Marie Howe, b. 1950)
  • 3. II. Unbreakable, (Mirabai, ca. 1498-1557)
  • 4. III. The Fruit of Silence, (Mother Teresa of Calcutta, 1910-1977)
  • 5. IV. Falling Snow, (Amy Lowell, 1874-1925)
  • 6. V. At Castle Wood (Emily Brontë, 1818-1948)
  • 7. VI. Epitaph, (Edna St. Vincent Millay, 1892-1950)
  • 8. VII. Who has seen the wind? (Christina Georgina Rossetti, 1830-1894)
  • 9. VIII. With my two arms, (Sappho, ca. 615-570 BC)
  • 10. IX. Most noble evergreen (Hildegard of Bingen, 1098-1179)
  • To Touch the Sky texts and authors

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop

  • Symphony No. 4 “From Mission San Juan,”  2007
  • 11. I. Prelude: Mission San Juan Bautista, ca. 1800
  • 12. II. Arriquetpon (diary of Francisco Arroyo de la Cuesta, 1818)
  • 13. III. Interlude
  • 14. IV. Healing Song

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Samuel Barber: An American Romantic CD

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Choral music by Samuel Barber, with new chamber versions for Conspirare by Robert Kyr
Billboard #10 (issue 09.29.12)

2012
Conspirare, Craig Hella Johnson & Company of Voices
with David Farwig, baritone, and Chamber Orchestra

Harmonia Mundi HMU 807522 – 79’44″

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Recorded September 2011 at Sauder Concert Hall, Goshen College, IN
Craig Hella Johnson, Conductor
Presented here are some of Barber’s finest works for choir. As with his instrumental music, they showcase his ability to write emotive music within pristinely sophisticated structures; works of extraordinary beauty and difficulty. Includes first recordings of new versions (for chamber chorus & orchestra) of Easter Chorale and The Lovers written especially for Conspirare by Robert Kyr. Additional solos by Matt Tresler, Estelí Gomez, and Derek Chester. With Faith Debow, piano, and Thomas Burritt, timpani.

  1. Twelfth night, Op. 42, No. 1 (1968)
  2. To be sung on the water, Op. 42, No. 2 (1968)
  3. The virgin martyrs, Op. 8, No. 1 (1935)
  4. Let down the bars, O death, Op. 8, No. 2 (1936)
  5. REINCARNATIONS: Mary Hynes, Op. 16, No. 1 (1937)
  6. REINCARNATIONS: Anthony O’Daly, Op. 16, No. 2 (1940)
  7. REINCARNATIONS: The Coolin’, Op. 16, No. 3 (1940)
  8. A stopwatch and an ordnance map, Op. 15 (1940)
  9. Sure on this shining night, Op. 13, No. 3 (c. 1968)
  10. Agnus Dei, Op. 11 (choral arrangement 1967)

THE LOVERS, Op. 43 (1971), Kyr version (2011)

  1. Prelude (instrumental)
  2. I. Body of a woman
  3. II. Lithe girl, brown girl
  4. III. In the hot depth of this summer
  5. IV. Close your eyes
  6. V. The Fortunate Isles
  7. VI. Sometimes
  8. VII. We have lost even this twilight
  9. VIII. Tonight I can write
  10. IX. Cemetery of kisses
  1. Easter Chorale (Chorale for Ascension Day), Op. 40 (1965), Kyr version (2011)

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Sing Freedom! African American Spirituals CD

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Music/settings by Craig Hella Johnson, David Lang, Robert Kyr, Tarik O’Regan and others

2011
Conspirare, Craig Hella Johnson & Company of Voices
Harmonia Mundi HMU 807525 – 72’07″

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Recorded October 2010 at Sauder Concert Hall, Goshen, IN
Craig Hella Johnson, Conductor
Conspirare presents some of the beloved twentieth-century arrangements alongside some lesser known settings. Includes premiere recordings of new settings by important composers of our day: David Lang, Tarik O’Regan and an original composition by Robert Kyr based on African musical traditions. Settings by Craig Hella Johnson (CHJ) are also included. Gramophone review

  1. Motherless Child (arr. CHJ)
  2. A City Called Heaven (arr. Leonard de Paur)
  3. Soon Ah Will Be Done / I Wanna Die Easy (arr. CHJ)
  4. Soon Ah Will Be Done (arr. William L. Dawson)
  5. Hard Trials (arr. CHJ)
  6. Hold On (arr. Moses Hogan)
  7. Been in de Storm / Wayfaring Stranger (arr. CHJ)
  8. Oh Graveyard (Lay this Body Down) (arr. David Lang)
  9. Ain’-a That Good News! (arr. William L. Dawson)
  10. Steal Away (arr. Michael Tippett)
  11. Walk Together, Children (arr. Moses Hogan)
  12. I Got a Home in-a Dat Rock (arr. Moses Hogan)
  13. Lily of the Valley (arr. Wendell Whalum)
  14. Plenty Good Room (On the Glory Train) (Kirby Shaw)
  15. My God Is a Rock (arr. Alice Parker & Robert Shaw)
  16. Freedom Song (Robert Kyr)
  17. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (arr. Tarik O’Regan)

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A Company of Voices: Conspirare in Concert CD

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Recorded October 2008
 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, Austin, TX, a production of KLRU-TV in association with Conspirare

2009; Grammy®-nominated
Craig Hella Johnson & Company of Voices
Harmonia Mundi HMU 907534 – 68’47″
Also on DVD

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Craig Hella Johnson (CHJ), Conductor
With Bion Tsang, cello, and Thomas Burritt, percussion
“A Company of Voices” marks Conspirare’s national television debut. This CD takes the audience on a journey of innovative sound, vibrant images and thought-provoking ideas and offers a message of love, hope and transformation.


  1. Sure on This Shining Night (Morten Lauridsen)
  2. Let the River Run
    (Carly Simon, arr. CHJ)
  3. The Water is Wide
    (traditional, arr. CHJ)
  4. Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel? (spiritual, arr. Moses Hogan)
  5. Will There Really Be a “Morning”?
    (CHJ)
  6. Light of a Clear Blue Morning (Dolly Parton, arr. CHJ)
  7. Collage (arr. CHJ): Wayfarin’ Stranger (traditional) / You’re No Good (Clint Ballard, Jr.) / De Profundis (chant) / See My Eyes (Andrew Lloyd Webber) / Crying (Joe Melson, Roy Orbison) / Drop, Drop Slow Tears (Orlando Gibbons)
  8. Agnus Dei
    (Samuel Barber)
  9. Deep River (spiritual, arr. Roy Ringwald)
  10. Gabriel’s Oboe
    (Ennio Morricone)
  11. Soneto de la Noche (Morten Lauridsen)
  12. When I Fall in Love (Edward Herman, arr. CHJ) / Nearer My God to Thee (Lowell Mason, arr. CHJ)
  13. What If
    (Eric Whitacre)
  14. Requiem (Eliza Gilkyson, arr. CHJ)
  15. 1000 Beautiful Things (Annie Lennox, arr. CHJ)
  16. Triptych (excerpt) III. Each shall rise
    (Tarik O’Regan)
  17. I Love You (Larry Norman, Randy Stonehill, arr. CHJ) / What a Wonderful World (Robert Thiele, George David Weiss, arr. CHJ)
  18. The First of My Lovers
    (Sydney Carter, arr. CHJ)

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Requiem CD

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Music by Herbert Howells, Eric Whitacre, Ildebrando Pizzetti and others

2006, re-issued 2009; Edison Award Winner, twice Grammy®-nominated
Craig Hella Johnson & Company of Voices
Harmonia Mundi SACD 807518 – 72’47″

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Recorded October 2005 at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, NY
Craig Hella Johnson, Conductor

Requiem (Herbert Howells)

  1. Salvator Mundi
  2. Psalm 23
  3. Requiem æternam (1)
  4. Psalm 121
  5. Requiem æternam (2)
  6. I heard a Voice from Heaven

from Three Songs of Faith (Eric Whitacre)

  1. hope, faith, life, love
  2. i thank You God for this most amazing day
  1. We Remember Them (Donald Grantham)

Messa di Requiem (Ildebrando Pizzetti)

  1. Requiem
  2. Dies Irae
  3. Sanctus
  4. Agnus Dei
  5. Libera Me
  1. The Road Home (Stephen Paulus)
  2. Requiem (Eliza Gilkyson)

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Threshold of Night CD

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Music for Voices and Strings by Tarik O’Regan

2008; Twice Grammy®-nominated
Craig Hella Johnson & Company of Voices
Harmonia Mundi HMU 807490 – 59’31″

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Recorded September 2007 at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, NY
Craig Hella Johnson, Conductor
A selection of new works by the young British Composer Tarik O’Regan, here given their premiere recording.
 Written since his move to New York, these compositions 
reflect the cultural plurality of today’s urban environment.
 Here is an art that seeks to forge a link between the spheres of
 “the ecstasies above” and the harsh realities of life on earth.
Classical Net review
Interview, Conspirare with Tarik O’Regan 2007

  1. Had I Not Seen the Sun (Emily Dickinson; commissioned by Conspirare)
  2. The Ecstasies Above (Edgar Allan Poe) I
  3. The Ecstasies Above (Edgar Allan Poe) II
  4. The Ecstasies Above (Edgar Allan Poe) III
  5. Threshold of Night
  6. Tal vez tenemos tiempo (Pablo Neruda; commissioned by Conspirare)
  7. Care Charminge Sleepe (John Fletcher)
  8. Triptych I. Threnody
  9. Triptych II. As We Remember Them
  10. Triptych III. From Heaven Distilled a Clemency
  11. I Had No Time to Hate (Emily Dickinson; commissioned by Conspirare)

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through the green fuse CD

Music by Donald M. Skirvin, William Averitt, Gordon Binkerd and others

2004
Craig Hella Johnson & Company of Voices
Clarion CLR915CD – 72’08″

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Recorded August 2004 at Skywalker Sound, a Lucasfilm Ltd. Company in Marin County, CA

Craig Hella Johnson (CHJ), Conductor


  1. Spirit Seeking Light and Beauty (Gaelic Hymn)
  2. There Will Be Rest (Frank Ticheli)
  3. Alchemy: Living Gold (Donald M. Skirvin)
  4. Alchemy: Cups of Fire (Donald M. Skirvin)
  5. Alchemy: Jewelled Blaze (Donald M. Skirvin)
  6. Alchemy: O Beauty (Donald M. Skirvin)
  7. With Joy We Go Dancing (Einojuhani Rautavaara)
  8. Ruth (Paul Ayres)
  9. Afro American Fragments: Song for Billie Holiday (William Averitt)
  10. Afro American Fragments: Feet o’ Jesus
  11. Afro American Fragments: Fire
  12. Hard Times Come Again No More (Stephen Foster, arr. CHJ)
  13. Deep River (arr. Anders Paulsson)
  14. This Is My Song – Finlandia (Jean Sibelius)
  15. Autumn Flowers (Gordon Binkerd)
  16. Smávinir fagrir (Jon Nordal)
  17. Sleep (Eric Whitacre)

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Conspirare Christmas 2012: One Voice CD

With Featured Guest Artists Charles Wesley Evans and Kathlene Ritch

2012
Craig Hella Johnson & Company of Voices

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♦ Recorded live December 8-9, 2012 at The Carillon on Exposition, Austin, TX
Craig Hella Johnson, Conductor
Thomas Burritt, Percussion
Additional piano / vocal performances by Craig Hella Johnson. Arrangements not otherwise noted are by Craig Hella Johnson.


  1. My Heart Will Always Remember / Veni Emmanuel / How Will I Know / Satisfaction (French folk melody / plainchant / George Merrill, Shannon Rubicam & Naranda Michael Walden / Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
  2. On Your Wings (Samuel Ervin Beam)
  3. Ghosts in My Machine (Annie Lennox)
  4. Softly and Tenderly / Come Ye Disconsolate (Will L. Thompson / Samuel Webbe)
  5. I Dreamed a Dream / Veni Sancte Spiritus / Comfort, Comfort Ye My People (Claude Michele Schönberg / plainchant / FreudichSehr)
  6. Love Calls You by Your Name (Leonard Cohen)
  7. Prelude in C / Wie soll dich ich empfangen (J.S. Bach / Johann Crüger)
  8. Kontakion on the Nativity (Richard Toensing)
  9. Jauchzet den Herrn (Heinrich Schütz)
  10. Until Even the Angels (Craig Hella Johnson)
  11. We Are (Ysaye Maria Barnwell)
  12. Say I Am You / Do Not Stand at My Grave / Here Is a Miracle (Craig Hella Johnson)
  13. i thank you God for most this amazing day (Eric Whitacre)
  14. Move On / Being Alive (Stephen Sondheim)
  15. Wake Up Everybody (John Whitehead, Gene McFadden & Victor Carstarphen)
  16. Sun, Moon, Stars (Alvin Ranglin & Dante Smith)
  17. How Will I Know (George Robert Merrill, Shannon Rubicam & Narade Michael Walden)
  18. The Song Remembers When (Hugh Prestwood)
  19. Trains I Missed (Walt Wilkins, Gilles Godard , & Nicole Witt)
  20. One Voice (Ruth Moody)
  21. One Voice (Gordon Chambers & Phil Galdston)
  22. Let Go (Imogen Jennifer Heap & Guy Sigsworth)
  23. Bonse Aba (traditional Zambian, arr. Andrew Fischer)
  24. Un Flambeau, Jeanette, Isabelle (traditional French carol)
  25. With So Little To Be Sure Of (Stephen Sondheim)
  26. We Clasp the Hands (Craig Hella Johnson)
  27. I Could Have Danced All Night (Frederick Loewe)


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Conspirare Christmas 2011: Something Beautiful CD

With Featured Guest Artists Matt Alber and Mela Dailey

2011
Craig Hella Johnson & Company of Voices

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Recorded live December 2011 at The Carillon on Exposition, Austin, TX
Craig Hella Johnson, Conductor
Thomas Burritt, Percussion
Piano/vocal performances by Craig Hella Johnson. Arrangements not otherwise noted are by Craig Hella Johnson.

Solos by Cameron Beauchamp, Carr Hornbuckle, Cecilia Kittley, Stefanie Moore, Kathlene Ritch, Sonja DuToit Tengblad, Paul Max Tipton


  1. Huron Carol / Rorate Coeli / Shema / Come Wanderer / Fly Away (traditional Huron / plainsong chant / Hebrew prayer / Craig Hella Johnson / John Denver
  2. Vaga Luna (Vincenzo Bellini)
  3. I Am Your Moon (Craig Hella Johnson)
  4. Collage: Your Absence / Into More Pieces / Long Way from Home / I Forgot My Name (Stevie Ray Vaughn, arr. Craig Hella Johnson)
  5. Come to the Water (John Foley, arr. Howard Helvey )
  6. Something Beautiful / Wie soll ich dich empfangen / Joy to the World (Sinéad O’Connor / Johann Crueger / G.F. Handel)
  7. Let the River Run (Carly Simon, arr. Craig Hella Johnson)
  8. What Child Is This (traditional)
  9. This Little Babe (Benjamin Britten)
  10. O Little Town of Bethlehem / Where Is Love? (Lewis Redner / Lionel Bart, arr. Joshua Shank)
  11. Then I Saw You (Cynthia Clawson)
  12. How Deep Is the Ocean / Alleluia / Love’s Divine (Irving Berlin / Craig Hella Johnson / Mark Batson & Seal Olusegun Samuel)
  13. What If (Eric Whitacre, orchestration Stephen A. Martin)
  14. Get Together (Chet Powers)
  15. The Kiss (Judee Sill)
  16. Tshotsholoza (traditional South African freedom song, arr. Jeffrey Ames)
  17. We Are (Pablo Cardenas)
  18. We Are the Ones (Sunny McHale)
  19. Get Happy / Happy Days Are Here Again (Harold Arlen / Milton Ager)
  20. Joyful, Joyful / Don’t You Worry (Ludwig von Beethoven, arr. Mervyn Warren, adapted Roger Emerson / Stevie Wonder)
  21. Hacia Belén va una burra / Do You Hear What I Hear / A la Nanita Nana (traditional / Gloria Shayne Baker & Noel Regney / traditional, arr. Conrad Susa)
  22. I Pray on Christmas (Harry Connick, Jr.)
  23. Silent Night / The Kiss (Reprise) (Franz Gruber / Judee Sill)
  24. It’s Impossible (Sid Wayne & Armando Manzanero)
  25. All Is Full of Love (Björk Gudmundsottir)
  26. We Clasp the Hands (Craig Hella Johnson)
  27. I Could Have Danced All Night (Frederick Loewe)

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Christmas at the Carillon 2010: Sudden Light CD

With Special Guest Artist Patrice Pike

2010
Craig Hella Johnson & Company of Voices

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Recorded live December 2010 at The Carillon, Austin, TX
Craig Hella Johnson, Conductor
Thomas Burritt, Percussion
Piano/vocal performances by Craig Hella Johnson. Arrangements not otherwise noted are by Craig Hella Johnson.


  1. Veni Creator Spiritus (plainsong chant)
  2. Veni Emmanuel / Do You Hear What I Hear (plainsong chant / Gloria Shayne Baker)
  3. Bring Me Home (Sade Adu)
  4. Kyrie (Missa in Illo tempore) (Claudio Monteverdi)
  5. Lost Forever (Joby Talbot)
  6. Sudden Light (John Wesley Magee)
  7. Volcanoes (Patrice Pike)
  8. Prelude 5 / Hush / Lo, How a Rose (Michael Burritt / spiritual, arr. Brazeal Dennard / traditional)
  9. Jubilate Deo (Hans Leo Hassler)
  10. Modeh Ani / Elohai Neshamah (modern chant)
  11. Take ‘em Away (Christopher Fuqua)
  12. God’s Dearest Work of Art (arr. Craig Hella Johnson)
  13. Noel (African, arr. Brad Holmes)
  14. What’s Goin’ On? (Cleveland, Enson, and Gaye)
  15. Woodstock (Joni Mitchell)
  16. Why (Annie Lennox)
  17. The Scientist (Berryman, Buckland, Champion, & Martin)
  18. Contre Qui, Rose (Morten Lauridsen)
  19. How We Love (Beth Nielson Chapman)
  20. True Colors (Tom Kelly, Billy Steinberg)
  21. The Calling (Patrice Pike)
  22. Wake Up Everybody (Whitehead, McFadden, & Carstarphen)
  23. I’ll Be Home for Christmas (Ram, Gannon, & Kent)
  24. This Bitter Earth (Clyde Lovern Otis)
  25. We Clasp the Hands (Craig Hella Johnson)
  26. I Could’ve Danced All Night / Dance with Me (Lerner, Loewe / Patrice Pike)

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Christmas at the Carillon 2009: Here Comes the Light CD

With Special Guest Artist Patrice Pike

2009
Craig Hella Johnson & Company of Voices

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Recorded live December 2009 at The Carillon, Austin, TX
Craig Hella Johnson (CHJ), Conductor
Thomas Burritt, Percussion
Additional musical arrangements, piano/vocal performances by Craig Hella Johnson


  1. Come Darkness, Come Light (Mary Chapin Carpenter, arr. CHJ)
  2. Slave Song (Sade Adu)
  3. Rorate Caeli (Jacob Handl)
  4. Darkness, Darkness (Jesse Colin Young)
  5. Higher Ground (Stevie Wonder)
  6. Is a Light Shinin’ in the Heavens? (arr. Robert L. Morris)
  7. Soñaba (Stephen Paulus)
  8. Here Comes the Light (Patrice Pike)
  9. Changed (James MacMillan)
  10. Changed from Glory into Glory (Rowland H. Prichard)
  11. And the Glory of the Lord (Messiah, G.F. Handel)
  12. Gaudete (Michael McGlynn)
  13. Lighthouse (Antje Duvekot, Kate Klim) / O Morning Star (harm. J.S. Bach)
  14. Dawn (Eric Barnum)
  15. I Need You (Mark Batson, Alicia Cook)
  16. Carol of the Bells (Ukrainian carol)
  17. O Holy Night (Adolphe Adam)
  18. Wishes and Candles (Stephen Paulus)
  19. Down to the River to Pray (traditional)
  20. Christmas Time Is Here (Vince Guaraldi, arr. Cynthia Gonzales)
  21. Munus (Steven Sametz)
  22. Closing Sequence (arr. CHJ)
  23. I Could Have Danced All Night (Lerner, Lowe) / Dance with Me (Patrice Pike)
  24. I Won’t Give Up (Patrice Pike)

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Christmas at the Carillon 2008: Lay Me Low CD

With Special Guest Artist Eliza Gilkyson

2008
Craig Hella Johnson & Company of Voices

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Recorded live December 2008 at The Carillon, Austin, TX
Craig Hella Johnson (CHJ), Conductor
Thomas Burritt, Percussion
Additional musical arrangements, piano/vocal performances by Craig Hella Johnson


  1. Why Was I Born? (Jerome Kern)
  2. Little Bird (Celtic tune) / “Hope” is the Thing with Feathers (Emily Dickinson, arr. CHJ)
  3. O Sapientia (plainsong chant)
  4. Come, Ye Travelers (Joseph Hart)
  5. Weary of All Trumpeting (Hugo Distler, setting Richard Proulx) / Ekteniya (Einojuhani Rautavaara)
  6. I Don’t Want to Talk About It (Danny Whitten) /Lay Me Low (Shaker song, arr. Kevin Siegfried)
  7. Emmanuel (Eliza Gilkyson)
  8. Alleluia (J.S. Bach)
  9. Deeper and Deeper (Madonna Ciccone) / Veni Emmanuel (plainsong chant) / I Can’t Help Falling in Love (George Weiss, Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore) / Sanctus (plainsong chant)
  10. hope, faith, light, love (Eric Whitacre)
  11. Alles Was Oden Hat (J.S. Bach)
  12. I Ain’t Got No Home (Woody Guthrie) / Hush Little Baby (traditional) / Comfort, Comfort Now My People (G.F. Handel)
  13. Palms of Victory (hymn attributed to Henry Chandler)
  14. Walk Together, Children (arr. Moses Hogan)
  15. Day of Jubilo (Terry Gilkyson)
  16. In the Bleak Midwinter (Gustav T. Holst)
  17. El Desembre Congelat (Catalonian) / Some Children See Him (Wihla Hutson, Alfred Burt)
  18. Child in Me Again (Annie Dinerman)
  19. Children, Go Where I Send Thee (traditional)
  20. This Christmas Night (Malcolm Williamson)
  21. Beautiful World (Eliza Gilkyson)/Silent Night (Franz Gruber)
  22. We Clasp the Hands (CHJ)
  23. Wonderful World (Bob Thiele, George David Weiss)
  24. Emerald Street (Eliza Gilkyson)

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Christmas at the Carillon 2007: Love Again CD

With Special Guest Artist Cynthia Clawson

2007
Craig Hella Johnson & Company of Voices

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Recorded live December 2007 at The Carillon, Austin, TX
Craig Hella Johnson (CHJ), Conductor
Additional musical arrangements, piano/vocal performances by Craig Hella Johnson


  1. Welcome to Our World (excerpt) (Chris Rice)
  2. Ubi caritas (plainsong chant)
  3. O Sapientia (Springfield Antiphonal)
  4. Lost (Annie Lennox)
  5. Turning / How Shall I Receive You (text: W.B Yeats; music: CHJ/traditional)
  6. Super flumina Babylonis (text: Psalm 137; music: Palestrina)
  7. Collage: Ghosts in My Machine (text: June Jordan; music: CHJ/Annie Lennox)  / Isaiah (text: Johannes Olearius; music: GF Handel)
  8. Never Gonna Fall in Love Again (Eric Carmen) / Veni Emmanuel (plainsong chant) / Falling Slowly (Glen Hansard)
  9. Anastasia’s Eyes (Dan Fogelberg)
  10. Lo, How a Rose / The Rose (text and music: traditional/Amanda McBroom; arr. CHJ)
  11. 1st Katisma (from Vigilia) (text: Book of Psalms; music: Einojuhani Rautavaara)
  12. Welcome to Our World (Chris Rice)
  13. Gaudete Omnes (music: J.P. Sweelinck)
  14. Prayer in Open D (Emmylou Harris)
  15. Love After Love (text: Derek Walcott; music: CHJ)
  16. Question (Rhett Miller)
  17. When I Call a Name (text: Miranda July; music: CHJ)
  18. I Wanna Know What Love Is (Mick Jones)
  19. Sanctus (music: J.S. Bach)
  20. Winds Through the Olive Trees (text: Katherine Parker; music: George W. Wilmot)
  21. A Spotless Rose (German text trans.: Winkworth; music: Ola Gjeilo)
  22. Jolly Old St. Nicholas (traditional)
  23. God’s Gonna Set This World on Fire (traditional spiritual; arr. Moses Hogan)
  24. I Am Willing (Holly Near)
  25. When My Soul Goes Home (Cynthia Clawson)
  26. Eternal Father, Strong to Save (text: William Whiting; music: John B. Dykes)
  27. We Clasp the Hands (text: Wendell Berry; music: CHJ)
  28. I Could Have Danced All Night (A.J. Lerner/F. Lowe; arr. CHJ)
  29. I Love You (Larry Norman/Randy Stonehill)

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Christmas at the Carillon 2006: Love Calls You CD

With Special Guest Artist John Boutté

2006
Craig Hella Johnson & Company of Voices

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Recorded live December 2006 at The Carillon, Austin, TX
Craig Hella Johnson (CHJ), Conductor
Additional musical arrangements, piano/vocal performances by Craig Hella Johnson


  1. Rorate Coeli (Gregorian chant)
  2. Wayfarin’ Stranger (traditional spiritual)
  3. Arvoles Lloran Por Luvia (Sephardic song; arr. Ramon Tasat)
  4. Prayer for the Captive (Shaker melody; arr. Kevin Siegfried)
  5. Are There No Armies (Kevin Oldham)
  6. A Change is Gonna Come (Sam Cooke)
  7. Hide Not Thou Thy Face (Richard Farrant)
  8. The Eyes of All Wait Upon Thee (Jean Berger)
  9. Please Send Me Someone to Love (Percy Mayfield)
  10. Lo How a Rose e’er Blooming (traditional)
  11. A Thousand Beautiful Things (Annie Lennox)
  12. Hodie Christus Natus est (Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina)
  13. Love Calls You by Your Nam (Leonard Cohen) / Home Tonight (Chris Rice)
  14. Nearer My God to Thee (Lowell Mason) / When I Fall in Love (Edward Heyman)
  15. What shall I give him (Gustav Holst)
  16. On the Turning Away (David Gilmour, Anthony Moore)
  17. How I Got Over (Dorothy Pearson, Clara Ward)
  18. Al Shlosha D’Varim (Allan E. Naplan)
  19. Go Tell It On The Mountain (African American spiritual)
  20. Silent Night (Franz Gruber) / Impossible Dream (Mitch Leigh/Joseph Darion)
  21. Endless Song (Robert Lowry)
  22. Recessional (Not one Sparrow is Forgotten) (Shaker hymn, arr. William Hawley)
  23. Home (Steve Wood)
  24. Dance Me to the End of Love (Leonard Cohen)
  25. This Marriage (Eric Whitacre)
  26. Love Calls You By Your Name (Leonard Cohen)
  27. I Could Have Danced All Night (Frederick Loewe, arr. CHJ)

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Christmas at the Carillon 2005: I Still Love You CD

With Special Guest Artist Cynthia Clawson

2005 2-Disc Set
Craig Hella Johnson & Company of Voices

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Recorded live December 2005 at The Carillon, Austin, TX
Craig Hella Johnson (CHJ), Conductor
Additional musical arrangements, piano/vocal performances by Craig Hella Johnson


DISC ONE

  1. Veni Emmanuel (plainsong chant)
  2. A Thousand Years (Sting)
  3. Quivi Sospiri / Windows of the World (CHJ/Burt Bacharach)
  4. Veiled in Darkness (Glenn L. Rudolph)
  5. Desert Rose / Fragile (Sting)
  6. Psalm of Life (CHJ)
  7. Rainbow Connection (Kenneth Lee Ascher, Paul H. Williams)
  8. Lo How a Rose (traditional) / The Rose (McBroom/arr. CHJ)
  9. your slightest look (CHJ)
  10. Lovely Love (CHJ)
  11. Verbum Caro Factum Est (John Sheppard)
  12. I Don’t Know How To Love Him (Andrew Lloyd Webber)
  13. Thou Shalt Know him When He Comes (Craig Carnahan)

DISC TWO

  1. Island (Michael McGlynn)
  2. The Cocks are Crowing (Sydney Carter)
  3. Water Night (Eric Whitacre)
  4. The Cocks are Crowing reprise / A Thousand Years reprise
  5. Wedding Song / Love With Me (Paul Stookey/CHJ)
  6. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling (John Zundel)
  7. I Think It’s Gonna Rain Today (Randy Newman)
  8. Rainbow Connection reprise
  9. Love God (John Keller, Tonio K.)
  10. Requiem (arr. CHJ)
  11. Peace Like a River (arr. Ronald Staheli/CHJ)
  12. What a Wonderful World (George David Weiss/Bob Thiele)
  13. A Thousand Years reprise / We Clasp Hands (CHJ)
  14. I Could Have Danced All Night (arr. CHJ)
  15. Angel Be (CHJ)
  16. I Love You (Randy Stonehill/Norman David)
  17. How Do You Keep The Music Playing (Michael Legrand)

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Christmas at the Carillon 2004: Always CD

With Special Guest Artist Cynthia Clawson

2004 2-Disc Set
Craig Hella Johnson & Company of Voices

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Recorded live December 2004 at The Carillon, Austin, TX
Craig Hella Johnson (CHJ), Conductor
Additional musical arrangements, piano/vocal performances by Craig Hella Johnson


DISC ONE

  1. O Sapientia (Springfield Antiphonal) / Veni Emmanuel (French processional)
  2. on your wings (Sam Beam, iron and wine)
  3. One Day I’ll Fly Away (Joe Sample)
  4. Collage: Feathered Dove (Sacred Harp) / Hound of Heaven (Company) / O sinner man (traditional English folk song)
  5. O Salutaris Hostia (Pierre de la Rue)
  6. Somebody’s Knocking (spiritual) / Who By Fire (Leonard Cohen/CHJ)
  7. I Heard the Voice (Thomas Tallis/arr. CHJ)
  8. Killing Me Softly (Gimbel/Fox)
  9. I’ll Be Loving You (Irving Berlin/arr. CHJ)
  10. O Morning Star (Philipp Nicolai)
  11. Oh How Shall I Receive You? (Johann Crueger)
  12. Hodie Christus Natus Est (J.P. Sweelinck)
  13. The Guests (Leonard Cohen)
  14. Some enchanting evening (Richard Rogers)
  15. Wade in the water (Judy Henske)
  16. i will wade out (Eric Whitacre)
  17. O Nata Lux (Morten Lauridsen)
  18. Ye shall have a song (Randall Thompson)
  19. Song of Bernadette (Leonard Cohen)
  20. With So Little To Be Sure Of (Stephen Sondheim)
  21. What a fellowship (A.J. Showalter)
  22. hope, faith, life, love (Eric Whitacre)
  23. Hey, My Love (Lady Maisry/arr. CHJ)
  24. Hallelujahs (Chris Rice)

DISC TWO

  1. Come, Love, Carolling (Sydney Carter)
  2. Senzenina (Niel van der Watt)
  3. As with gladness men of old (C. Kocher/arr. Bruce Greer)
  4. Joy to the World (G.F. Handel)
  5. Collage: Impossible (Oscar Hammerstein II) / It’s Impossible (Sid Wayne) / Sometimes When We Touch (Dan Hill) / I Can Dream, Can’t I (Sammy Fain)
  6. O Love, That Will Not Let Me Go (Albert L. Peace)
  7. O Little Town of Bethlehem (Lewis H. Redner)
  8. Tantum ergo (Maurice Duruflé)
  9. Collage: We clasp the hands (CHJ) / I Could’ve Danced All Night (Lerner-Lowe/arr. CHJ)

BONUS TRACKS

Fest-und Gedenksprüche, Opus 109 (Johannes Brahms)

  1. Unsere Väter hofften auf dich
  2. Wenn ein starker Gewappneter
  3. Wo ist ein so herrlich Volk
  1. Sanctus from Mass for Double Chorus (Frank Martin)
  2. Motherless Child (CHJ)

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Christmas at the Carillon 2003: Nearer CD

With Special Guest Artist Cynthia Clawson

2003
Craig Hella Johnson & Company of Voices

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Recorded live December 2003 at The Carillon, Austin, TX
Craig Hella Johnson (CHJ), Conductor
Additional musical arrangements, piano/vocal performances by Craig Hella Johnson


  1. Veni Emmanuel (plainsong)
  2. Here I Am (Emmylou Harris)
  3. Watching for Dolphins (CHJ)
  4. Interlude (arr. CHJ)
  5. Super Flumina Babylonis (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)
  6. Georgia Lee (Tom Waits)
  7. Lascia ch’io pianga (G.F. Handel)
  8. Auf einer Burg (Robert Schumann)
  9. Awaiting You (Adam Guettel)
  10. Love Bade Me Welcome (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
  11. 1st Katisma – from Vigilia (Einojuhani Rautavaara)
  12. Being Alive (Stephen Sondheim)
  13. Stay Awake (Richard & Robert Sherman, arr. CHJ)
  14. Every Star Shall Sing a Carol (Sydney Carter)
  15. In the Deserts of the Heart / Stuff in Annie’s Head (CHJ)
  16. The First of My Lovers (Sydney Carter)
  17. Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (John Gardner)
  18. Incantations (Michael McGlynn)
  19. O Magnum Mysterium (Tomás Luis de Victoria)
  20. All That a Heart (CHJ)
  21. Let All Things Their Creator Bless (Healy Willan)
  22. Loving Shepherd of Thy Sheep (John Rutter)
  23. We Clasp the Hands (CHJ)
  24. I Could Have Danced All Night (arr. CHJ)
  25. Nearer My God, To Thee (Lowell Mason)

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Angel Be CD

Cynthia Clawson & Craig Hella Johnson

2007 2-Disc Set
A collection of favorite live recordings with four previously unreleased tracks

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Cynthia Clawson, vocals; Craig Hella Johnson vocals and piano


DISC ONE

  1. Angel Be (Craig Hella Johnson)
  2. How Do You Keep The Music Playing? (Michael Legrand)
  3. By My Side / Come, Ye Disconsolate (Stephen Schwartz/Samuel Webbe)
  4. Will There Really Be A Morning? (Craig Hella Johnson)
  5. Georgia Lee (Tom Waits)
  6. Stay Awake (arr. Craig Hella Johnson)
  7. Dancing the Mystery / He Leadeth Me (Craig Hella Johnson/W.B. Bradbury)
  8. Song of Bernadette (Leonard Cohen)
  9. Nearer My God to Thee / When I Fall in Love (Lowell Mason/Edward Heyman)
  10. To Mother You (Sinead O’Connor)
  11. All That a Heart (Craig Hella Johnson)
  12. Whispering Hope (Alice Hawthorne)
  13. Silent Night / Impossible Dream (Franz Gruber/Mitch Leigh, Joseph Darion)

DISC TWO

  1. Shall We Gather (Carlson/Stromberg/Lowry)
  2. On Fine Nights / When My Soul Goes Home (Chant/Cynthia Clawson, David Maddux)
  3. A Dream Is a Wish / I Have Imagined (David, Hoffman, Livingston/Ken Medema)
  4. Beautiful (Craig Hella Johnson)
  5. Don’t Know Much (Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Tom Snow)
  6. Cathedrals (Jay Clifford)
  7. I Could Have Danced All Night (arr. Craig Hella Johnson)
  8. I Love You (Randy Stonehill, Larry Norman)
  9. Angel Be (Craig Hella Johnson)

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American Masterpieces Festival: Crossing the Divide CD

Live recordings from festival performances, January 25-28, 2007

2007 2-Disc Set

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Featuring the Conspirare choirs, Judson High School Chorale, St. Stephen’s Madrigal Singers, Texas State Chorale, Texas Tech University Choir, University of Texas Concert Chorale, Wesley United Methodist Intergenerational Choir, plus a massed choir of 600
World premieres of music by John Muehleisen, Stephen Paulus and Dan Welcher


DISC ONE: FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Salut au Monde! (Massed Choir) world premiere, John Muehleisen
  2. Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel (Texas Tech University Choir) arr. Moses Hogan
  3. Pilgrim’s Hymn (Massed Choir) Stephen Paulus
  4. I Am the Rose of Sharon (St. Stephen’s Madrigal Singers) William Billings
  5. Las Agachadas (Texas State Chorale) Aaron Copeland
  6. Gentle Annie (Texas State Chorale) Stephen Foster, arr. Edwin Fissinger
  7. Animal Crackers Vol. 1: The Panther (Texas Tech University Choir) Eric Whitacre
  8. Animal Crackers Vol. 1: The Cow (Texas Tech University Choir) Eric Whitacre
  9. Animal Crackers Vol. 1: The Firefly (Texas Tech University Choir) Eric Whitacre
  10. Black is the color of my true love’s hair (Texas Tech University Choir) Stuart Churchill
  11. The Lord Is My Shepherd (Wesley United Methodist Intergenerational Choir) Minister Eddie A. Robinson
  12. Al Shlosha D’Varim (Conspirare Children’s Choir) Allan E. Naplan
  13. Psalm 23 (University of Texas Concert Chorale) Paul Basler
  14. The Water Is Wide (Judson High School Chorale) arr. Rene Clausen
  15. The Promise of Living (Massed Choir) Aaron Copeland

DISC TWO: CONSPIRARE SHOWCASE CONCERT

  1. Beautiful River (arr. William Hawley)
  2. The Blue Estuaries: To Be Sung on the Water (David Ashley White)
  3. The Blue Estuaries: I Saw Eternity (David Ashley White)
  4. Reincarnations: Mary Hynes (Samuel Barber)
  5. Reincarnations: Anthony O’Daly (Samuel Barber)
  6. Reincarnations: The Coolin’ (Samuel Barber)
  7. The Campers at Kitty Hawk, from US Stories (Michael Dellaira)
  8. Leaves of Grass: I celebrate myself (Dan Welcher, world premiere)
  9. Leaves of Grass: I am he that walks (Dan Welcher, world premiere)
  10. Leaves of Grass: There is that in me (Dan Welcher, world premiere)
  11. Poemas de Amor: Soñaba (Stephen Paulus, world premiere)
  12. Poemas de Amor: De tu Cama a la Mia (Stephen Paulus, world premiere)
  13. Poemas de Amor: Pasas Por Mi Calle (Stephen Paulus, world premiere)
  14. Poemas de Amor: Si lo dicen, digan (Stephen Paulus, world premiere)
  15. Poemas de Amor: Mano a Mano (Stephen Paulus, world premiere)
  16. Sleep (Eric Whitacre)
  17. House Song to the East, from The Whole World is Coming (Jonathan Santoret
  18. Not One Sparrow Is Forgotten (arr. William Hawley)
  19. My God Is a Rock (featuring the Southeastern Chorale,  arr. Alice Parker/Robert Shaw)
  20. The Battle of Jericho (arr. Moses Hogan)

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Hidden Music I CD

An Evening with Craig Hella Johnson & Friends

2006 MONOPHONIC
Recorded live May 2006 at The Mansion at Judges’ Hill, Austin, TX

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With Kathlene Ritch Brown (soprano), Nina Revering (soprano), Bruce Colson (violin), Larry Seyer (guitar), Darrell Mayers (percussion)


  1. Like It or Not (Madonna, Pontus Winnberg, Christian Karlsson, Henrik Jonback)
  2. Under Paris Skies (Hubert Giraud, Kim Gannon)
  3. Sweet Surrender (John Denver)
  4. may my heart always be open… (text: ee cummings/music: CHJ)
  5. Mad World (Roland Orzabal)
  6. Will There Really Be A Morning? (text: Emily Dicknson/music: CHJ)
  7. Change in My Life (Billy Straus)
  8. Love Makes the World Go Round (Bob Merrill)
  9. End of the World (Matt Alber)
  10. The Grass Is Blue (Dolly Parton)
  11. I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face (A.J. Lerner, F. Loewe)
  12. Unending Love (text: Rabindranath Tagore/music: CHJ)
  13. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (Ed Lojeski)
  14. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (audience singing)
  15. The Human Heart (text: Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens/music: CHJ)
  16. Always on My Mind (Wayne C. Thompson, Mark James, Johnny Christopher)
  17. A Love That Will Never Grow Old (Bernie Taupin, Gustavo Santaolalla)
  18. In This Life (Allen Shamblin, Mike Reid)
  19. Make Your Own Kind of Music (Cynthia Weil, Barry Mann)
  20. All That a Heart (Craig Hella Johnson)
  21. Sweet Surrender reprise

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NC-ACDA Convention 2006: Gala Closing Event CD

Live recording of Conspirare concert from the Gala Closing Event, 2006 North Central American Choral Directors Association Convention

2006
Craig Hella Johnson & Company of Voices
Also on DVD

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Recorded March 2006 at Holland Performing Arts Center, Omaha, NE
Craig Hella Johnson (CHJ), Conductor
Solos by Janet Carlsen Campbell, Dann Coakwell, Pam Elrod, David Farwig, Glenn Miller, Jennie Olson, Nina Revering, Kathlene Ritch, Tracy Shirk, Paul Max Tipton, Matt Tresler
Percussion by Thad Anderson; piano by Faith DeBow


  1. Gitanjali Chants (modern plainchant)
  2. Alleluia, Sing a New Song (Jakob Handl)
  3. Schaffe in mir Gott, Op. 29, no. 2 (Johannes Brahms)
  4. Hymn to St. Cecilia (Benjamin Britten)
  5. Curse Upon Iron (Veljo Tormis)
  6. Water Night (Eric Whitacre)
  7. This is My Song (Finlandia) (Jean Sibelius)
  8. Five Romantic Miniatures (Paul Crabtree)
  9. The First of My Lovers (Sydney Carter/arr. C.H. Johnson)
  10. Chansons des bois d’Amaranthe (Jules Massenet)
    O bon printemps
    Chantez
  11. Ruth (Paul Ayres)

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Thorns on the Rose CD (Craig Hella Johnson)

2009
Craig Hella Johnson Solo Recording

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With Eliza Gilkyson, Bion Tsang, Carr Hornbuckle, Stephanie Moore, Kathlene Ritch, Bukka Allen, Bryan Austin, Kim Deschamps, Kullen Fuchs, Michael Hynes, Andre Moran, Brian Standefer


  1. Live Forever (B. Shaver, E. Shaver)
  2. Anastasia’s Eyes (D. Fogelberg)
  3. Human Heart (L. Ahrens, S. Flahert, arr. CHJ)
  4. Hard Times (S. Foster, arr. CHJ)
  5. Hush (traditional)
  6. Angel Be (CHJ, W. Wills)
  7. Will There Really be a Morning? (CHJ, E. Dickinson)
  8. Ring Them Bells (B. Dylan)
  9. Unending Love (CHJ)
  10. All That a Heart (CHJ)
  11. The Way That You Are (E. Gilkyson)
  12. Killing Me Softly (N. Gimbel, C. Fox)

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