Craig Hella Johnson is an American conductor and composer. He studied piano and voice as a student at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, where he graduated in 1984. He continued his studies at the Juilliard School, the University of Illinois, and Yale University, where he earned his DMA. Upon receiving a National Arts Fellowship, Johnson studied choral conducting at the International Bach Academy in Stuttgart with Helmuth Rilling. He was the artistic director of the vocal group Chanticleer, and also director of choral music at the University of Texas. He conducted orchestral performances with the Austin Symphony Orchestra and the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, among other ensembles. Founder and artistic director of Conspirare, Johnson is also the resident artist in choral music at the Texas State University. He received the honor of Texas State Musician in 2013. Also that year, he was named the music director and conductor of the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati. Johnson has recorded with Conspirare on the Harmonia Mundi label.