Christmas Concert: Artistic Biographies
Dr. Renè Clausen
Artistic Director, Concordia Christmas Concert
World-renowned composer and conductor Dr. Renè Clausen has served at the artistic director of the award-winning Concordia Christmas Concerts and conductor of The Concordia Choir since 1986. Clausen typically composes and arranges a significant portion of the Christmas Concert music. Read more about Dr. Clausen.
Paul Johnson is a Communication Art and Design Instructor at Alexandria Technical College in Alexandria, Minnesota. He is a native Minnesotan and principal behind Paul Johnson Design & Illustration. Mr. Johnson received his education from Minnesota State University Moorhead and was previously employed for thirteen years as corporate artist at Banner Health System, Fargo, North Dakota.
Earlier he worked as graphic designer for David Hetland, former artist of the Christmas Concert murals for 28 years.
Paul Johnson currently lives in Pelican Rapids, Minnesota with his wife Carole, and children, Andy and Trudy.
Director, Campus Lighting
During his 18 years as director of campus lighting, Bryan Duncan has designed the staging and lighting for more than 400 events. Most recently he produced the multimedia display for the 2006 Christmas Concert that memorialized the work of muralist David Hetland. Duncan has received the Meritorious Achievement Award several times from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and his groundbreaking lighting designs for a 2003 Concordia theatre production was the subject of feature stories in three national publications.