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Ispira / Kenneth Norman Johnson

Ispira is a talented Vocal Performance Ensemble founded by Composer/ Director Kenneth Norman Johnson in 2014. The Ensemble evolved from the cast formed to produce two of his new musical productions: “The Quest”, a scripture based Musical, and “Castles in the Snow”, a Christmas Musical celebrating the beauty of winter and the Christmas story. The productions both played to sold out audiences, receiving standing ovations and rave reviews. The music from Castles in the Snow was previously released as an instrumental album by the same title, featuring piano and orchestration by the composer, Kenneth Norman Johnson. With the release of “A Christmas Dream”, Ispira and Kenneth Norman Johnson together introduce the music and lyrics of Castles in the Snow in a beautiful choral and vocal solo presentation. As the Founding Director, Kenneth continues to introduce new projects to Ispira, dedicated solely to the performance of his original works.

Kenneth Norman Johnson brings to the stage many years of experience as a Performer/ Recording Artist; Composer/Lyricist; Writer/Producer/ Director; and Conductor. He performs his own works in concert; writes, produces, and directs stage productions; and publishes his vocal, choral, piano, and orchestral music in print.
The Natural Piano, released into the world market in the 1990's, achieved Canadian Platinum status with sales of over 200,000 units. That success has been followed with more original solo piano recordings, musical productions, songs, and choral music. In 2012 Mr. Johnson's composition Starlight Theme was nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award for Best Classical Composition of the Year.
In 2014 Kappa Arts Productions premiered two original musicals by Kenneth Johnson: The Quest, and Castles in the Snow to standing ovations and rave reviews. New projects in development include two more musicals, a television special, and a ballet.
Mr. Johnson is the Founding Director of Ispira, a Vocal Performance Ensemble dedicated to his original work, and the Music Director of the Pender Harbour Choir. He continues to write, produce, publish, and mentor performing artists at his home studio in Pender Harbour on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada.