Dr. Jonathan Strommen Campbell received his Bachelor of Arts from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa in 1998. At Luther, Jon sang in the Nordic Choir for three years and studied conducting with Weston Noble. In 2002, Jon completed a Master of Sacred Music degree from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, where he studied choral conducting with Anton Armstrong and church music with Paul Westermeyer. Jon earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting in 2015 at North Dakota State University where he studied conducting with Jo Ann Miller. In 2013 Jon’s anthem They That Go Down to the Sea in Ships won first prize at the Morningstar College Choral Composition Festival. He was also awarded a Faith Partner’s Residency from the ACF.

I try to write sacred choral music that is both challenging and accessible. There is often an element in a choral piece that might challenge a choir and make the music more interesting, such as rhythm in Come, Let Us Eat (GIA), cross-relations in Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross (Augsburg Fortress), or something more subjective like “sensuality” in All for Christ (Concordia).
All of my music is more-or-less conservative in regards to harmony (it is “tonal”). I appreciate modalism and Renaissance polyphony, as well as early twentieth-century American and British music. Above all, I try to write music of high quality that will be useful to musicians and enjoyed by audiences.


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Contact Information

Phone: 507-271-3679

Email: byzantinecampbell@gmail.com

Website: www.jonstrommencampbell.com

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