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Craig Hella Johnson

Renowned as one of the most influential voices in choral conducting in the United States, Craig Hella Johnson brings a depth of knowledge, artistic sensitivity and imagination to his programs. Founder and Artistic Director of the Grammy Award-Nominated choral ensemble Conspirare, Johnson has assembled some of the finest singers in the country to create a world class, award-winning ensemble committed to creating dynamic choral art.

In addition to his work with Conspirare, Johnson also serves as Music Director Laureate and Conductor of the Victoria Bach Festival, an annual event that draws musicians and critical praise from around the country. Of Johnson's performance of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, Mike Greenberg of the San Antonio Express-News wrote: "Through all the amazing ebbs and flows of dynamics, the radiant balances, the seamless connection of episodes, the theatrically astute tempo relations, the unified structural arc, the music shone forth with organic naturalness. Nothing sounded fussed over. Everything just sounded right."

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The Holding Carol : SATB : Craig Hella Johnson : Craig Hella Johnson : 00275089 : 888680742645

Craig Hella Johnson : The Holding Carolnew

A carol of Joy - Dream every blessing we receive deep within this joy; a carol of peace - Here we are, breathing peace; and a carol of love - Love is always holding us. These are the powerful themes of the promise of Christmas and the tender moments shared in the new carol.

Composer: Craig Hella Johnson

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.50 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00275089


1000 Beautiful Things : SATB Divisi : Craig Hella Johnson : Annie Lennox : Sheet Music : 00131223 : 888680024536

Craig Hella Johnson : 1000 Beautiful Things

From Craig Hella Johnson and Conspirare, this artful setting of this haunting song by Annie Lennox features a soloist with choral background and percussion. This long-anticipated edition will enhance many concert programs.

Arranger: Craig Hella Johnson Performed By: Annie Lennox

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Voicing: SATB Divisi | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00131223


Been in de Storm/Wayfaring Stranger : SATB divisi : Craig Hella Johnson : Sheet Music : 50490468 : 884088561307 : 1617808423

Craig Hella Johnson : Been in de Storm/Wayfaring Stranger

With a depth and emotional range comparable to art songs, spirituals have become a powerful and significant body of work in Western art music. This pairing of two songs displays a quality of emotional directness and a fascination with the broad palette of feelings, colors and ideas inherent in the music. Duration: ca. 6:30.

Arranger: Craig Hella Johnson

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Voicing: SATB divisi | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 50490468


Gabriel's Oboe : SATB : Craig Hella Johnson : Sheet Music : 08753947 : 884088611804

Craig Hella Johnson : Gabriel's Oboe

Here is the famous theme from the motion picture The Mission by Ennio Morricone in a distinctive and stunning setting written for the choral group, Conspirare. With the choir providing a rich wordless tapestry of sound, the featured duo of cello and oboe will create an atmosphere of pure magic! Duration: ca. 2:20. Recorded by Conspirare, Craig Hella Johnson, conductor.

Arranger: Craig Hella Johnson | TV/Movie: The Mission

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08753947


Hard Trials : SATB : Craig Hella Johnson : Sheet Music : 50490566 : 884088583293 : 1458407926

Craig Hella Johnson : Hard Trials

This lesser known spiritual speaks nobly and poignantly of the lifelong heartache and desperation experienced by enslaved Africans in America. In this setting that features a soprano solo, the words of the third verse are those of a nineteenth century woman whose entire life was spent in slavery. The meditative quality of the music creates a pensive atmosphere that is spellbinding. Duration: ca. 5:00.

Arranger: Craig Hella Johnson

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.90 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 50490566


I Love You/What a Wonderful World : SATB Divisi : Craig Hella Johnson : Louis Armstrong : Sheet Music : 00138211 : 888680030643

Craig Hella Johnson : I Love You/What a Wonderful World

Known for his unique pairing of songs, Craig Hella Johnson has creatively combined the early contemporary Christian song by Larry Norman and Randy Stonehill with the popular favorite from the '60s. A wonderful and inspirational closing number or encore for mixed, treble and male choirs!

Arranger: Craig Hella Johnson Performed By: Louis Armstrong

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Voicing: SATB Divisi | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00138211


I Love You/What a Wonderful World : SSAA : Craig Hella Johnson : Louis Armstrong : Sheet Music : 00138212 : 888680030650

Craig Hella Johnson : I Love You/What a Wonderful World

Known for his unique pairing of songs, Craig Hella Johnson has creatively combined the early contemporary Christian song by Larry Norman and Randy Stonehill with the popular favorite from the '60s. A wonderful and inspirational closing number or encore for mixed, treble and male choirs!

Arranger: Craig Hella Johnson Performed By: Louis Armstrong

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00138212


I Love You/What a Wonderful World : TTBB : Craig Hella Johnson : Louis Armstrong : Sheet Music : 00138213 : 888680030667

Craig Hella Johnson : I Love You/What a Wonderful World

Known for his unique pairing of songs, Craig Hella Johnson has creatively combined the early contemporary Christian song by Larry Norman and Randy Stonehill with the popular favorite from the '60s. A wonderful and inspirational closing number or encore for mixed, treble and male choirs!

Arranger: Craig Hella Johnson Performed By: Louis Armstrong

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Voicing: TTBB | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00138213


Let the River Run : SATB Divisi : Craig Hella Johnson : Carly Simon : Carly Simon : Sheet Music : 08754596 : 884088645977 : 1495052176

Craig Hella Johnson : Let the River Run

Craig Hella Johnson and Conspirare's performance of this Carly Simon hit was featured on a PBS special and was also included on their Grammy-nominated CD. Vibrant choral textures are supported by a dancing keyboard and percussion accompaniment for a spectacular choral showcase! Duration: ca. 2:10.

Arranger: Craig Hella Johnson | Composer: Carly Simon Performed By: Carly Simon

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Voicing: SATB Divisi | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08754596


Light of a Clear Blue Morning : SATB : Craig Hella Johnson : Dolly Parton : Sheet Music : 08750799 : 884088466923

Craig Hella Johnson : Light of a Clear Blue Morning

Craig Hella Johnson's setting of Dolly Parton's "Light of a Clear Blue Morning" is infused with light and hopefulness as it opens with a solo soprano and gradually builds to a joyful overflowing of sound and vocal texture, then gently relaxing into a reflective conclusion.

Arranger: Craig Hella Johnson Performed By: Dolly Parton

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08750799


Lo, How a Rose/The Rose : SATB : Craig Hella Johnson : Sheet Music : 50486409 : 884088115890 : 1423422538

Craig Hella Johnson : Lo, How a Rose/The Rose

This creative pairing of Amanda McBrooms's The Rose with the Praetorius' Lo, How a Rose e'er Blooming has become a classic at Conspirare's Christmas at the Carillon concerts. Incredibly moving! Performance time: Approx. 5:35.

Arranger: Craig Hella Johnson

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 50486409


Requiem : SATB : Craig Hella Johnson : Sheet Music : 50486569 : 884088159887 : 1423430301

Craig Hella Johnson : Requiem

Singer/songwriter Eliza Gilkyson wrote Requiem as a song of grief following the Asian tsunami in December, 2004 and the song found a renewed audience after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast region. This setting by Conspirare conductor Craig Hella Johnson has been long anticipated by choral groups around the world and is powerful in its emotional impact. Duration: ca. 4:10. Recorded by Conspirare - Craig Hella Johnson, conductor

Arranger: Craig Hella Johnson

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.90 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 50486569


Soon Ah Will Be Done/I Wanna Die Easy : SATB divisi : Craig Hella Johnson : Sheet Music : 50490469 : 884088561314 : 1617808431

Craig Hella Johnson : Soon Ah Will Be Done/I Wanna Die Easy

The choral ensemble creates a spare and stark vocal atmosphere with steady, pulsating vocal effects as the solo lines emerge from the texture. First Soon ah will be done and then I wanna die easy, which are then combined in a powerful collage of sonority that expresses the drama and emotion of this powerful music. Duration: ca. 5:50.

Arranger: Craig Hella Johnson

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Voicing: SATB divisi | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 50490469


Sweet Crushed Angel/My Funny Valentine : SATB : Craig Hella Johnson : Craig Hella Johnson : Sheet Music : 00274200 : 888680739775

Craig Hella Johnson : Sweet Crushed Angel/My Funny Valentine

Setting the words of the 14th century Persian poet Hafiz and arranging the classic My Funny Valentine creates a dialogue between the Divine and the human heart. Both texts and the music highlight the quirky and odd aspects of being human and the heart's need to know love and to be loved. Each melody is introduced separately by soloists, then harmonized alone and finally juxtaposed to lift up the dialogue and bring it to completion.

Composer: Craig Hella Johnson

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00274200


The Water Is Wide : SATB Divisi : Craig Hella Johnson : Sheet Music : 50490633 : 884088617752 : 1458418375

Craig Hella Johnson : The Water Is Wide

From the PBS program A Company of Voices, by Conspirare, this beloved folk tune is arranged for cello, solo soprano, mixed voices and piano in a rich and sonorous setting that is simply breathtaking. Cello part included. Duration: ca. 3:45. Recorded by Conspirare, Craig Hella Johnson, conductor.

Arranger: Craig Hella Johnson

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Voicing: SATB Divisi | Sheet Music | $1.90 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 50490633


To the First of My Lovers : SATB : Craig Hella Johnson : Sheet Music : 08753953 : 884088612054

Craig Hella Johnson : To the First of My Lovers

Sydney Carter (1915-2004) was a British poet, songwriter and folk musician best known for his iconic song Lord of the Dance. This spritely song was arranged by Craig Hella Johnson and recorded on the A Company of Voices - Conspirare in Concert CD. For mixed voices, soloists, piano, soprano recorder and handbells, this delightful song will be especially good for community choirs and other adult ensembles. Duration: ca. 2:40.

Arranger: Craig Hella Johnson

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08753953

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