JONATHAN D. CAMPBELL

Conductor, Composer, Tenor

 

PUBLISHED WORKS (SELECTED)

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THE POOR AND THE REFUGEE

SATB

Campbell’s anthem is a powerful call to show God’s love for all, with opportunity to practice expressive singing. God calls us to care for refugees, and it is in showing charity and love that God is found in our midst.

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JESUS KEEP ME NEAR THE CROSS

SATB, oboe, piano

This piece is a lilting setting of a familiar hymn by Fanny Crosby. The oboe represents the prayer, rising like incense to God. Cross-relations (gentle dissonances) are woven throughout to add poignancy to this setting. 

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GOD HEALS THE BROKENHEARTED

SATB, piano, clarinet

A beautiful SATB setting of Psalm 147, the through-composed piece carries the text with grace, understanding, and dignity. Appropriate for any time of the year, this Psalm proclaims the abundant power of the Lord.

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THE FINAL HARVEST

SATB, piano, two violins

This setting of the stewardship hymn "Come, Ye Thankful People, Come" is given a fresh interpretation in "The Final Harvest." A mournful opening gradually blossoms into an outburst of thankfulness and praise. The concluding "alleluias" reinforce the joyful themes of resurrection and salvation.

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JESUS CHRIST IS RISEN TODAY

SATB, handbells, brass quintet, organ, timpani, bass drum, and congregation

A musical "crown" for EASTER HYMN, this concertato setting will make Easter Sunday grand and thrilling.

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ALL FOR CHRIST

SAB, piano

An expressive, intense anthem.

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COME THOU LONG-EXPECTED JESUS

two-part mixed, organ, tambourine, optional string quartet

This piece begins with a creative introduction and followed by a statement of the tune in a more traditional manner. The rhythmic aspects of the accompaniment make this a fun piece without a great deal of work for the choir.

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O SAVIOR REND THE HEAVENS

two-part mixed, organ, handbells, optional string quartet

A creative setting of this great hymn. Particularly effective with the use of the optional handbells.

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DAKOTA SUMMER

flute quartet.

Dakota Summer is a gem of Americana, charmingly portraying the landscape of a Midwestern summer afternoon. The 9-minute work for mixed flute quartet evokes moods, feelings, and imagery of a hot summer day, as well as the musical depictions of a Sunday prayer, a barn dance, and a silent cemetery.

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FAIR AND ELOQUENT FLOWERS

two-part treble, piano, oboe

This is a reflective piece to consider for later in the Palm Sunday liturgy. The refrain presents the image of children laying flowers before the King; the verses reflect on the vanity of life, but also on the constancy of the Word. The music seems to strike a happy medium between recalling the joyful procession and anticipating the doleful crucifixion.

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HUSH THE OCEAN WILD

SATB

This text belongs to a rich tradition of hymns that draw upon sea imagery to establish the relationship between the believer and Christ (Hopper was known for his ministry to sailors). In the composer’s own words: “In times filled with personal strife, global instability, and other struggles, we look to Jesus Christ to ‘hush the ocean wild’ and to guide us safely to a peaceful shore.” A lovely anthem, with subtle dissonances to create a lush harmony.

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HODIE

SATB, two trumpets, optional hand drum

This dancing carol is full of harmonic surprises that are easily mastered. Parts for trumpets are included in the choral edition, as is an optional hand drum part effective for guiding singers through the meter changes.

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WHEN TWILIGHT COMES

SATB, piano

A call for God’s help in our daily living is elegantly set to DAPIT HAPON, written by one of the Philippines’ most important composers. Transparent scoring lets the tranquility that comes from confidence in our heavenly Father shine through.

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COME, LET US EAT

SATB

“Come Let Us Eat” is a joyful invitation to dine at the feast God has spread for us. This energetic a cappella piece in 7/8 time might offer a bit of a challenge rhythmically, but after some rehearsal time it is accessible for any SATB choir. The lilting cadence and vigorous tempo set a festive mood as we are called to the table for Eucharist.

 

ABOUT

Jonathan graduated from Luther College, Decorah, IA. (98) with a degree in music. He graduated from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN (02) with a Master of Sacred Music degree, and subsequently North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND (15) with a Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting.


For eight years Jonathan conducted the Honors Choirs of SE MN, an auditioned middle school choir. He has conducted choirs at North Dakota State University, Winona State University, Augsburg University, and Pomona College. He also founded and directed the Minnesota Renaissance Choir.


Jonathan has served several churches since 1999 and is currently Director of Music and Fine Arts at Claremont United Church of Christ. In his church work he directs choirs, handbells, instrumentalists, and young people.


Jonathan sings professionally and has sung the tenor solos in Honegger’s King David with the Rochester Choral Arts Ensemble as well as touring professionally with the Pomona College Glee Club.


Jonathan’s award-winning

compositions are available from many leading publishers. He has published dozens of choral works, a flute quartet, hymns, and works for piano.

 
 

I'm available for commissions. Please message me for more information. My publishers include Augsburg Fortress, Concordia Publishing House, Morningstar Music, Falls House, GIA, and Sacred Music Press.

 

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