I am so sad today.
Please listen to A Song Of Peace while you read this...
I have been ministered to so much by this man's music.
He ended his wonderful life this morning.
I don't know why, but God does.
Please visit Johnnies website and listen to some of his arrangements. It will bless you in a WOW way!
My condolences go out to Johnnies family, Robert Schuller and the entire congregation of the Crystal Cathedral
Our loss.... God's gain
Crystal Cathedral Ministries
Friday, December 17, 2004, 6:30 am PST
Garden Grove, California
Dr. & Mrs. Robert H. Schuller are deeply saddened this morning to learn that Crystal Cathedral Orchestra conductor, Johnnie Carl, 57 years old, has taken his life. Mr. Carl has been in the employment of the Crystal Cathedral for nearly 30 years and is internationally renowned as a conductor and as a composer and arranger of over 3,500 musical pieces.
"Johnnie was a beloved member of our church family and close personal friend," said Dr. Schuller. "He was a creative genius whose beautiful arrangements and superb conducting set new levels of excellence for sacred music.
Johnnie’s music brought joy to the millions of viewers around the world who watch the Crystal Cathedral’s Hour of Power television program each week. His rich legacy of musical works will continue to inspire the generations to come."
"We extend our deepest condolences to the Carl family whom we love deeply. We will miss Johnnie greatly."
Mr. Carl’s responsibilities at the Crystal Cathedral included co-minister of music, conductor and arranger of the Hour of Power Orchestra and the musical director for the Crystal Cathedral’s Glory of Christmas and Glory of Easter productions. Mr. Carl has served as teaching assistant and staff accompanist at UCLA and an adjunct member of the music facilities of Fullerton College (Fullerton, California), Hope International University (Fullerton, California), and Vanguard University (Costa Mesa, California).
Mr. Carl’s music has been performed by such notables as Roger Williams, Celine Dion, David Foster, The London Symphony, John Tesh, Lee Greenwood, Michael Crawford and many others. He earned a gold record for his work as arranger/orchestrator on Live from Red Rocks (John Tesh) and a four-time platinum record for his work on These Are Special Times (Celine Dion). Mr. Carl studied choral and instrumental music at UCLA and USC.
Funeral arrangements are pending. The Glory of Christmas will resume its normal performance schedule this evening.
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Dr. Robert H. Schuller is the Founding and Senior Pastor of the 10,000-member Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California. The ministry celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2005. Dr. Schuller is the host of the Hour of Power weekly television program that is viewed by millions of people around the world. The television program celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2005 and is the fourth longest-running weekly program on television. See www.crystalcathedral.org for additional information.