Minnehaha Music/ Artistic Director and Co-Founder

Craig Randal Johnson (Artistic Director) and Hilary Santoni (Manager) founded Minnehaha Music in 2013.   Based in Edina MN, Minnehaha Music maintains a Repertory Orchestra as well as community outreach activities.  This orchestra ‘reads’ and plays through primarily standard orchestral repertoire.    Since fall 2013 through spring 2017, the Minnehaha Music Repertory Orchestra has played 70 works, as well as playing a yearly symphony concert.   Minnehaha Music is organized under the auspices of Edina Community Foundation, thereby enabling donors to make tax deductible contributions.    Visit www.minnehahamusic.org for more information about Minnehaha Music activities as well as opportunities for musicians to play and perform.

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     Finnish Classical Music Past and Present

Craig Randal Johnson/ Founder and Artistic Director

Craig Randal Johnson founded ‘Finnish Classical Music Past and Present’ in March, 2016, intending to produce four recitals during the 2017, honoring 100 years of Finland’s national independence.     This project recently was awarded a significant grant from Finlandia Foundation national; earlier the project was launched with a very successful fundraiser.   Finnish Classical Music Past and Present is organized under the auspices of Springboard for the Arts, based in St. Paul MN, thereby enabling donors to make tax deductible contributions.  Concert details are to be found on the Finnish Classical Music Past and Present page elsewhere on this website.

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Previous Organizational Activity

Recording: CD “Piano Music from Finland”
Mr. Johnson Self-Produced the CD ‘Piano Music from Finland’, and created the company 'Tonttu Productions' to market the CD. Recording done at Minnesota Public Radio in 2001-2002.

Find additional information about this recording on the MEDIA page of this website.

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Director of Stage Music/ Osnabrück Opera and Theater
Osnabrück, Germany

As Director of Stage Music and as a major portion of this job, Craig Randal Johnson engaged and organized musicians for live and recorded music productions.

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Music Director/ Organizer for Finnish Festival Events
Craig Randal Johnson created and engaged orchestras:

Finnfest 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Finnfest 2011 in San Diego, California
Finnfest 2007 in Ashtabula, Ohio.
Finn Grand Fest 2005 in Marquette, Michigan
Finnfest 2002 in MInneapolis, Minnesota
80th Anniversary Celebration (Finnish National Independence)/ 1997 in Minneapolis

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Boreal Chamber Symphony/ Artistic Director and Conductor
Marquette, Michigan

Partnering with Superior Watershed Partnership, Cedar Tree Institute, Project Director Garee Zellmer and private individuals, Craig Randal Johnson created ‘Concert for Lake Superior in 2007. The 2009 ‘Concert for Lake Superior’ was similarily produced, in partnership with Superior Watershed Partnership, Carl Lindquist, Director.

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Personnel Manager/ Superior Festival Orchestra
2000 -2004/ Marquette, Michigan

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General Manager, North Star Opera
1986-1987/ St. Paul, MInnesota  

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Concert Bookings
Since 1988 Craig Randal Johnson has booked many of his own piano concerts around the United States, in addition to vocal recitals and ensemble concerts

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Previous Artist Representation

- Agentur Schulz (München)
- ZBF Hamburg
- Kessler Agency, New York

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