D.M.A., Performer's Certificate, Eastman School of Music (Performance and Literature of Voice, minor in Baroque Performance Practice)
M.M. Ithaca College (Voice Performance and Choral Conducting)
B.M. Ithaca College.
Studies with William McIver, Masako Toribara, William Parker, Helen Boatwright and Carol McAmis.
Special study with Julianne Baird, Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Mark Markham, Ruth Drucker, Martin Katz, David Britton, Paul Sperry, Phyllis Curtin
Member of Ithaca College School of Music faculty since 2007. Former faculty member, Nazareth College of Rochester (2003-2007); Crane School of Music of SUNY Potsdam (1999-2003); University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (1998-1999); Syracuse University (1991-1997); Additional teaching appointments at Hamilton College and Ithaca College (sabbatical replacement, 2004)
Music Director, Cayuga Vocal Ensemble (Ithaca NY) beginning May 2009
Member of Professional Voice Faculty at Berkshire Choral Festival (2000-2007)
The performances of tenor Carl Johengen have consistently 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.
Major orchestral appearances have included Handel’s Messiah and Alexander’s Feast with the Syracuse Symphony, Messiah with the Hartford Symphony, Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light and Carl Nielsen’s Sinfonia Espansiva with the Milwaukee Symphony, and Orff’s Carmina burana with the Green Bay Symphony. With the Rochester Philharmonic he has sung the Evangelist and arias in Bach’s St. John Passion. He has performed locally with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes (Mozart Requiem) and the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra (Messiah). He has appeared at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall (Carmina burana, as alumni guest artist with the Ithaca College choruses and orchestra) and Alice Tully Hall (vocal quartets of Haydn, as part of the Bard Music Festival in New York). With the Berkshire Choral Festival he has performed Barber’s Prayers of Kirkegaard under Robert Page, Mozart’s Grand Mass in C Minor under Kathy Saltzman Romey, and the Beethoven Choral Fantasy under David Hayes. In 2014 he made his Carnegie Hall debut, performing Songs from an Old Mill Town, a song cycle written for him by David Sisco.
A specialist in music of the Baroque, he was a frequent soloist with the historical instrument ensemble The Publick Musick, with whom he performed over a dozen of Bach’s cantatas as well as the St. John Passion and sacred music of Monteverdi. He appeared with The Publick Musick at the Boston Early Music Festival in Bach’s Coffee Cantata and two of his Lutheran Masses. A frequent guest with regional and collegiate oratorio societies, he has been heard in numerous works of Purcell, Bach, Handel, Haydn, 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. An active chamber musician, he performs frequently with Sweet, Fair & Wise, a trio with guitarist Doug Rubio and flautist Jill Rubio. The trio was invited to perform at the 2004 Convention of the National Association of Teachers of Singing in New Orleans and at the 2004 St. Lawrence Music Festival.
Dr. Johengen's singing has received accolades and awards in several national and international competitions, including those of the Concert Artists Guild, The National Opera Association, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
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.