In the past 25 years, Craig Carnahan has received over 50 commissions for original compositions. His music has been heard in performances by the Dale Warland Singers (St. Paul, MN), Conspirare (Austin, TX), the Los Angeles Master Chorale (Los Angeles, CA), Kantorei and St. Martin's Chamber Choir (Denver, CO), Joseph Johnson (principal cellist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra) and Milwaukee Choral Artists (Milwaukee, WI), Minnesota Boychoir (St. Paul, MN), Centennial Children's Chorus (Fort Collins, CO), Sound Circle (Boulder, CO), and over thirty of the GALA choruses in North America.
Recent commissions and premieres include: A Quiet Place for Minneapolis pianist Timothy De Prey, Sappho's Raft for Kantorei, If in Your Heart for Choral Arts Ensemble (Rochester, MN), and I am Into Your Fire for Sound Circle.
Carnahan received his B.A. from Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) and did graduate studies in composition with Dominick Argento and Paul Fetler at the University of Minnesota. In 1993 he received a McKnight Composition Fellowship to collaborate with the acclaimed poet, playwright and filmmaker James Broughton on a setting of his libretto, The Last Word. In 1998 he was Composer-in-Residence for the American Composers Forum's Faith Partners Residency Project. And, in 2008, he received an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board to compose a string quartet and a woodwind quintet.
His music has been described as "absorbing, richly textured and emotionally stirring" (Minneapolis Star Tribune).
music by Craig Carnahan