The performances of tenor Carl Johengen consistently have been hailed as expressive, intelligent, and technically assured. He has appeared in recital, concert and opera throughout the United States, sharing the stage with such artists as baritones Max von Egmond and Kurt Ollmann, lutenist Paul O’Dette, and conductors Robert Page, Phillip Brunelle, Gilbert Varga, Andrews Sill, and Shinik Hahm. His diverse repertoire spans Monteverdi and Bach to Lou Harrison and Arvo Pärt.
He has appeared with the Rochester Philharmonic, Syracuse Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Hartford Symphony, Green Bay Symphony, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra (Ithaca NY) and the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes (Elmira NY.) He has sung at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Halls, and at the Berkshire Choral Festival and the Boston Early Music Festival. In November 2014 he made his Carnegie Hall recital debut in a new song cycle written for him by David Sisco. A specialist in music of the Baroque, he has appeared frequently with the historical instrument ensemble The Publick Musick, with whom he has performed over a dozen of Bach’s cantatas as well as the St. John Passion. A frequent guest with regional and collegiate oratorio societies, he has been heard in numerous works of Purcell, Bach, Handel, Haydn, Monteverdi, Mozart, Schubert and Honegger, among others. He has sung Britten’s War Requiem at the Eastman School of Music and at Lawrence University; the latter performance was broadcast on Wisconsin Public Radio. On the operatic stage, he has appeared as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, as Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, as Beppe in I Pagliacci, and in leading roles in several Gilbert and Sullivan operettas.
A highly regarded teacher, he has been a member of the voice faculty of the Ithaca College School of Music since 2007. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in voice at the Eastman School of Music, where he was awarded the prestigious Performer’s Certificate; his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees are from Ithaca College. In addition to his accomplishments as a singer, Dr. Johengen is active as a choral conductor, composer, church musician and clinician. Over two dozen of his sacred and secular choral works have been released by five prominent publishing houses. He has served as Music Director of Ithaca’s Cayuga Vocal Ensemble since 2009, and of the Wells College Concert Choir since 2011.