Conductor, piano recitalist, and accompanist Craig Randal Johnson maintains an active schedule across the United States and in several European countries.   Based in Minneapolis, Craig Randal Johnson is available as orchestral conductor, solo pianist or accompanist, and as an adjudicator. Please contact Craig at crjmhahamusic@gmail.com.

Important Links

Minnehaha Music:   http://minnehahamusic.org

Yoopera!    http://yooperadoc.com            Also visit Yoopera! on Facebook.

Yoopera is a documentary film about the creation and content of ‘Rockland The Opera’, premiered in Houghton MI in 2011.   The film documentary is now showing on public television stations and other outlets around the United States.    Craig Randal Johnson amongst other key persons in the production appears in the film.      

Upcoming Fall 2016 broadcast dates include:   

Bemidji Minnesota - KAWE
, Spokane, Washington - KSPS, 
Fairbanks, Alaska - KUAC,
 Appleton, Minnesota- KWCM, 
Columbus, Ohio - WOSU, 
Chicago, Illinois- WYCC

Upcoming Engagements

Craig Randal Johnson, Conductor 


Minnehaha Music Repertory Orchestra

with Flamenco dancer, Deborah Elias of Danza Española


Sunday, November 13th   4:00-5:30pm

Dragseth Auditorium

4725 South View Lane, Edina, Minnesota 


A lively orchestra performance blending classical music 

and the captivating sights and sounds of Flamenco dance!

Program to include works by Debussy, Bizet and Albéniz.


Free Admission / Donations Gratefully Accepted

RSVP to reserve your free tickets at



In partnership with:

Edina Community Foundation

City of Edina Arts & Culture Commission

and Edina Public Schools/Edina Community Education


Twin Cities Bass Camp: July 22 - 26, 2016

Visit: tcbasscamp.com

Featuring François Rabbath

The 2016 Twin Cities Bass Camp will take place July 22 – 26, 2016 at Augustana Lutheran Church in West St. Paul MN. In 2016 we once again have the honor of featuring Francois Rabbath on our faculty.   Craig Randal Johnson is honored once again to participate as piano accompanist, and will also do some awesome ensemble double bass playing.

The François Rabbath concert is July 25 at 7:00 PM.   Plan to attend, at Augustana Lutheran Church.   Beyond being a magnificant human being and teacher, François Rabbath is a musician along the order of Pablo Casals or Yehudi Menuhin. Accompanied by his son Sylvain Rabbath, this concert is not to be missed.  


Finnish Music Past and Present

2017 Concert Series featuring Finnish Classical Music

Finland celebrates 100 years of national independence in 2017. The year also marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and the 150th birthday of Carl Gustaf Mannerheim,  who together with Jean Sibelius may count as the two most important individuals in Finnish national life.  

Here is an opportunity to feature Finnish composed music in the Twin Cities! For the year 2017 I have created ‘Finnish Music Past and Present’. As of July 2016 the following programs are scheduled with one or two more in the planning process; details will be forthcoming and posted on this website:

January or February 2017:                                                                                                        

Piano Music from Finland/  Craig Randal Johnson, Pianist                                                              

The program features music by Leevi Madetoja, Joonas Kokkonen, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Matti Tuhkala, Erkki Melartin and Sibelius. This recital also marks the 20th year of ‘Piano Music from Finland’ concerts, as I played the first PMF concert in April, 1997, at Sundin Hall in St. Paul. Location in the Twin Cities to be announced.  


April 2017:

Runes and Reverberations

James Koenig, Baritone/ Craig Randal Johnson, Pianist                                               

Christ Church Lutheran Church/ Minneapolis, Minnesota

Photo and Bio visit the Finnish Music Past and Present webpage on this site


September 2017:

Northern Lights                                                                                                                       

Mimmi Fulmer, Soprano/ Craig Randal Johnson, Pianist                                                         

Christ Church Lutheran/ Minneapolis, Minnesota

Photo and Bio visit the Finnish Music Past and Present webpage on this site

Exact Dates and Times will be posted here and in local publications as they become known. One or two additional concerts are also in the planning stages, as of July 2016.


Minnehaha Music/ Craig Randal Johnson, Artistic Director

Edina (Minneapolis), Minnesota

The Minnehaha Music Repertory Orchestra, an orchestral ‘reading orchestra’ founded by Craig Randal Johnson and Hilary Santoni, launched its first season in September 2013.  Meeting every other Saturday from September into May, the orchestra has played nearly 50 symphonic works to date.  This activity is ongoing in 2016-17, and now nearly 40 musicians may attend a reading session. The orchestra typically ‘reads’ symphonic repertoire of the classical and romantic periods.  

The Minnehaha Music Repertory Orchestra played its first concert on November 9, 2014, at Dragseth Auditorium in Edina, Minnesota.   The highly successful and well attended concert featured up and coming tenor Justin Berkowitz singing arias by Donizetti, Rossini and Mozart.   The orchestra played works by Beethoven, Tschaikowsky, Faure and Smetana.     At the same venue the orchestra played a second concert on November 8, 2015, featuring Elizabeth York, solo violinist, with works by Gounod, Dvorak, Sibelius and the Howard Hanson second symphony.    

The next Minnehaha Music Repertory Orchestra concert will be held November 13, 2016, featuring flamenco dancer Deborah Elias, one again at Dragseth Auditorium in Edina, Minnesota.    Start time is 4:00 PM.    Visit the Minnehaha Music website for additional information, and register for your free ticket there.  

For more information visit Minnehaha Music at www.minnehahamusic.org.



Craig Randal Johnson conducted the USA premiere of the new Jukka Linkola opera, Pine Mountain Music Festival production of, "Rockland, The Opera", to sold out houses in Houghton, Michigan (July 2011). Opera magazine (London) noted in its January 2012 issue:   "The conductor Craig Randal Johnson brought out the darkness in the music, kept the score and singers well balanced, and made the musical climaxes pay off."

'Rockland the Opera” was web livestreamed over the internet, reaching tens of thousands of viewers.

© Craig Randal Johnson 2016