When the topic is choral music and music education, Eric Johnson is an authoritative voice. An internationally acclaimed educator, writer, conductor and clinician, Johnson is Northern Illinois University’s director of choral activities and founding artistic director of Cor Cantiamo, a touring chamber choir in residence at NIU.
Read more: Ensembles under Johnson’s direction have performed at multiple national and division conventions for the National Collegiate Choral Organization, the American Choral Directors Association and the Music Educator’s National Conference, as well as recorded commercial CDs. He has served as a guest conductor at Lincoln Center in addition to touring internationally.
Johnson has prepared choruses for collaborations with professional orchestras, and collaborated with many leading composers, including Morten Lauridsen, Libby Larsen, Sir John Tavener, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, James Whitbourn, Timothy Takach and Stacey Gibbs. He has served as a guest conductor at Avery Fisher Hall Lincoln Center (2013, 2009), toured internationally (England 2010 and 2006, Sweden and Denmark 2004, Poland 2002), and prepared choruses for collaborations with professional orchestras.
Internationally, Johnson has served as a guest conductor of the Clare College Chapel Choir, Cambridge, England, taught at Makumira University, Tanzania, the Universidade do Estado do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, and directed guest choral residencies at Canterbury and Worcester Cathedrals He has published music, served as a music editor for Earthsongs Publications and written articles in the Choral Journal. Johnson earned degrees from the University of Illinois, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Luther College.