Eric A. Johnson

Professor and Coordinator of Choral Activities

Eric Johnson

Eric A. Johnson, D.M.A., is the Founding Artistic Director of Cor Cantiamo and Director of Choral Activities at Northern Illinois University. Ensembles under his direction have performed at multiple national and division conventions for the National Collegiate Choral Organization, American Choral Directors Association and the Music Educators National Conference.  He has served as a guest conductor at Avery Fisher Hall and the David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center (2017, 2013, 2009), toured internationally (England 2010 and 2006, Sweden and Denmark 2004, Poland 2002), and prepared choruses for collaborations with professional orchestras.

Internationally, Johnson has served as a guest conductor of the Clare College Chapel Choir (Cambridge, England) and the Asian Pacific Activities Conference Choral Festival (Guangzhou, China),  taught at Makumira University (Arusha, Tanzania), the Universidade do Estado do Rio Grande do Norte (Natal, Brazil) and directed guest choral residencies at Canterbury and Worcester Cathedrals.  As the Artistic Director of Cor Cantiamo, Johnson has recorded commercial CDs released on Centaur Records and the Divine Arts record labels. He has collaborated with many leading composers of our time including Morten Lauridsen, Libby Larsen, Sir John Tavener, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, James Whitbourn, Timothy Takach, and Stacey Gibbs.

Johnson has published music with Santa Barbara Music Publishing, served as a music editor for Earthsongs Publications, and has published articles in the Choral Journal.  He is active nationally as a clinician and guest conductor for high school and collegiate honor choirs, including Head Line Clinician for the Michigan ACDA State Conference, conductor for the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association Collegiate Honor Choir and the Wisconsin School Music Association Women’s All-State Choir and multiple IMEA District Choral Festivals.


D.M.A., University of Illinois


Chamber Choir
Concert Choir
University Chorus
Choral Conducting
Choral Arranging
Choral Literature



"Through my experiences as a professional conductor, recording artist, music educator, and a lifelong passion for the choral arts I strive to provide authentic artistic experiences for our students that become the foundation for their lifelong musical journeys."