JONATHAN D. CAMPBELL
Conductor, Composer, Tenor
PUBLISHED WORKS (SELECTED)
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.
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.
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.
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.
HUSH THE OCEAN WILD
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.
COME, LET US EAT
“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.
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.
compositions are available from many leading publishers. He has published dozens of choral works, a flute quartet, hymns, and works for piano.