Carl Johengen’s compositional talents have won considerable acclaim; more than two dozen of his liturgical compositions have been published by five nationally recognized companies: GIA, World Library Publications, Hope Publishing Co., Selah Publishing, and Oregon Catholic Press. In 2007, his “Sky-Born Music” was published by Lawson-Gould Publishers.
In July 2008, his “At the Table of the World” was performed at the World Choir Games in Graz, Austria. Also in July 2008, his “Skyborn Music” was performed by the Providence Gay Men’s Chorus at the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA Choruses) International Festival in Miami.
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. In 1993 he was awarded first prize in a composition contest sponsored by J.S. Paluch/World Library Publications of Chicago; his winning entry, Veni Creator Spiritus, was premiered to great acclaim before an audience of 2500 church musicians at the 1993 National Association of Pastoral Musicians convention in St. Louis, and has been released on CD and cassette.
Winner, 1993 J.S. Paluch/World Library Publications Composition Competition: “Veni Creator Spiritus”, cantata for soloists, chorus and orchestra. Premiered at National Association of Pastoral Musicians national convention in St. Louis, June 1993; recorded by William Ferris Chorale and orchestra; CD, cassette, full and piano/vocal score published by World Library Publications.
Winner, Archdiocese of New York’s “Young New York ‘94” Hymn Competition: “I Am the Living Bread”. Premiered at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City, October 1994; performed in churches throughout Archdiocese of New York; published by GIA Publications, Inc.
Honorable Mention, “New York Sings” Composers’ Symposium, November 2006; sponsored by the Women’s Chorale of 171 Cedar Arts Center, Corning NY. “Sky-Born Music” (SSA arrangement) was among eight finalists chosen by the Chorale from works submitted by New York State composers; winner and Honorable Mentions were chosen by clinicians Francisco Nunez and Glenn McClure.
Providence Gay Men’s Chorus: “Sky-Born Music”, setting of “Music” by Ralph Waldo Emerson for TTB voices and piano, spring 2006.
Episcopal Diocese of Rochester: “Integrity – Psalm 84”, setting of the psalm for Diocesan Convention Eucharist, November 18, 2005.
Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester: “The Limitless Love of God”, setting of Psalm 34, honoring the Most Rev. Matthew Clark on the 25th Anniversary of his Episcopate. Premiered throughout the diocese, Spring 2004.
St. Theodore’s Church, Rochester: “God Who Built This Wondrous Planet”, hymn and choral arrangement for year-long 75th anniversary celebration, text by Jaroslav J. Vajda. Premiered January 24, 1999
St. Maurice Church, Pittsburgh: “Advent Introit”, choral work for annual service of Advent Lessons and Carols, text by parishioner Cindy McNulty. Premiered December 1, 1996.
Syracuse Opera Ensemble: “Never Tickle a Mule”, opera for young audiences, libretto by John Davies. Premiered October 1995; performed in many Central New York schools; project was awarded a $5000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Assumption Church, Syracuse: “O God of Font and Altar”, hymn for yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, text by Carl Daw. Premiered October 1994. Published by Hope Publishing Co. in Supplement ‘96.
Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Hamburg NY: “God of the Ages”, hymn concertato on ST. CATHERINE, text by Ruth Duck. Premiered October 1994. Published by GIA Publications, Inc.
Publications: hymnals and worship aids:
RitualSong (GIA Publications, 1996) and Gather, 2nd Edition and Comprehensive Edition: (GIA Publications, Inc., 1994/96)
“In the Land of the Living” and “Let My Tongue Be Silent”
We Celebrate Worship Resource, 1994-2004 (World Library Publications)
“At the Table of the World”, “You Chosen Ones, Give Glory to God”, “We Bring, You Take”, “Your Love is Everlasting”, “Even in Darkness, Light”
Supplement ‘96 (Hope Publishing Co., 1996): “O God of Font and Altar”
Publications: Individual choral and congregational pieces
GIA Publications, Inc.:
“Go to the World”
“God of the Ages” (Concertato on ST. CATHERINE)
“How Wonderful Is Your Name”
“I Am the Living Bread”
“In the Land of the Living”
“Let All the People Praise You”
“Let My Tongue Be Silent”
“The Lord is My Savior”
“Your Ways Are Love and Truth”
World Library Publications:
“At the Table of the World”
“Forever I Will Sing”
“Holy Spirit, Storm of Love”
“I Lift My Eyes”
“Is This a Day of New Beginnings?”
“O Holy Spirit, By Whose Breath” (Concertato on LASST UNS ERFREUEN)
“We Bring, You Take”
“You Chosen Ones, Give Glory to God”
“Your Love Is Everlasting”
Oregon Catholic Press:
“God, Who Built this Wondrous Planet”
Selah Publishing Co.:
“Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” (Concertato on HYFRYDOL)
Lawson-Gould (Alfred Publishing Co., Van Nuys CA)