Dr. Carl Johengen has garnered a reputation as an exceptionally skilled and versatile musician, achieving considerable success as a choral conductor, teacher, singer, and composer. His compositional talents first drew national attention in 1993, when he captured first prize in a composition contest sponsored by J.S. Paluch/World Library Publications of Chicago; his winning entry, Veni Creator Spiritus, was premiered before an audience of 3,000 at the National Association of Pastoral Musicians convention in St. Louis and was recorded by the William Ferris Chorale. Since then over two dozen of his liturgical compositions and editions have been published by World Library Publications, GIA Publications, Hope Publishing Co., and Selah Publishing Co. In June 1994, Carl's I Am the Living Bread was the winning entry in the "Young New York '94" Hymn Competition sponsored by the Archdiocese of New York.
His opera for young audiences, Never Tickle a Mule, has been performed all over New York State by the Syracuse Opera Ensemble; this project was awarded a $5000 grant by the National Endowment for the Arts. Carl's compositions appear in several hymnals and hymn suppliments, and he has received commissions from a number of choruses, churches and individuals. He has been a frequent clinician and performer at national and regional church musicians' conventions since 1988. He currently serves as Co-minister of Music at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church in Bath, NY. He is also in demand as a choral conductor, working with singers of all ages in churches, festivals and community choral groups. He has served on the faculty of the Berkshire Choral Festival since 2000.
A highly respected voice teacher, Carl has held academic appointments at Nazareth College, Ithaca College, the Crane School of Music (State University of New York College at Potsdam), the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Hamilton College, and Syracuse University. Carl holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the prestigious Eastman School of Music, as well as Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Ithaca College. A tenor, Dr. Johengen's performances have consistently been hailed as expressive, intelligent, and technically assured. He has soloed with the Milwaukee, Hartford, Green Bay, and Syracuse Symphonies, Rochester Philharmonic, opera companies in Syracuse and Rochester, and in such venues as Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Halls and the Boston Early Music Festival.