Location: New York, USA
Dr. Carl Johengen holds the Master of Music degree in Conducting from the Ithaca College School of Music, where he was a student of Lawrence Doebler. Carl has been active as a church musician and conductor of church choirs since 1987. In addition, he has conducted festival choirs in Syracuse and Rochester. Recently he has been in demand as a guest conductor for high school Area All-State and All-County festivals. In 2009, he became Music Director of the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble, Ithaca's premiere a cappella choral group. He served as guest conductor for their Spring concert, "Sing On, Till I Am Filled", on Sunday, March 29th at 3:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Ithaca; subsequently he was selected to serve as their fourth conductor. The Cayuga Vocal Ensemble, a 16-voice semi-professional ensemble, has a history of over two decades of presenting concerts and giving appearances around the Ithaca area. He served on the Voice Faculty of the Berkshire Choral Festival between 2000 and 2007, working with such renowned conductors as Robert Page, Jane Glover, Tom Hall, John Alexander, Vance George, Philip Brunelle, Kathy Saltzman Romey, Grant Gershon, Donald McCullough, John Rutter, Nicholas Cleobury, Dennis Keene, David Flood, Duain Wolfe, Gary Thor Wedow, David Hayes, Maria Guinand, and Craig Hella Johnson. He has been active as a professional chamber chorister, singing with such groups as Musica Intima (8-voice early music ensemble in Buffalo NY), Syracuse Vocal Ensemble (18-voice chamber choir), and Madrigalia (18-voice chamber choir in Rochester NY). Dr. Johengen was Founding Music Director of the Syracuse Gay and Lesbian Chorus from its inception in 1991 to 1997, and again from 2004 to 2007. He prepared and conducted SGLC in two major concerts annually, as well as over a dozen road concerts and appearances throughout New York State. He led SGLC in its debut as the first non-theatrical group to be included in the Onondaga County Cultural Resources Council’s Summerfest invitational festivals in 1992 and 1993, and in its debut performance at the GALAChoruses (Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses) Festival in Montreal in July 2004. He has overseen the preparation and performance of two large works for chorus and piano that were commissioned by the chorus, as well as two recordings. Other past positions include: Assistant Conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus (then Buffalo Schola Cantorum); Chorus Master for Syracuse Opera Company; and Diocesan Director for Music for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse. 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. His singing has been recognized with awards in several national and international competitions. He is also an award-winning composer of choral and sacred music, with over two dozen published works and several significant commissions. Dr. Johengen is a member of Chorus America and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.