Choral Festival

Song Selection:

Below is the songs for the 2024 Choral Fest. 

Ah, Poor Bird is a free piece and can be downloaded and printed from this link

The other four pieces will be available as a packet that can be ordered directly from Poppler’s Music in Grand Forks, ND (1.800.437.1755) after December 11th.

2024 NPKC Choral Fesitval

About our Conductor:

Michael Johnson, DMA, MM, BA (He/Him/His)

Assistant Professor - Director of Choral Activities/Music Education

School of Performing Arts

Minnesota State University Moorhead

Dr. Michael J. Johnson serves as Director of Choral Activities and Vocal Music Education at Minnesota State University Moorhead. He directs the Concert Choir, University Choir, and Solfire while also teaching a range of choral and general music education courses. Previously, Dr. Johnson conducted choirs and taught conducting classes at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting with a Composition minor. While at the University of Wisconsin, his doctoral research centered on the modern choral music of social justice. He also holds a Master of Music degree in Conducting from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Luther College. Dr. Johnson has taught K-12 music and choir in Minnesota and within an array of community, collegiate, and church choirs around the country. Dr. Johnson was the recipient of the 2020 Mullen Prize for composition and took first place in the 2018 ACDA conducting competition in Oklahoma City. He studied with Stefan Parkman as a 2019 Conducting Fellow for the International Choral Conducting Masterclass at Baylor University and was named a 2019 University of Wisconsin-Madison Honored Instructor by his students. He spends his free time biking, composing, and enjoying life with his wife Kelsey, son Shea, daughter Summer, and French bulldog Dot.

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