June 2017
The End of Year Campaign is Still Underway! 

Together, we CELEBRATE, CREATE, and GROW!  Thanks to you, we celebrate:
  • Warm reception received throughout the 2016-2017 encore performances of Considering Matthew Shephard
  • Resoundingly positive response received for Unclouded Day
  • Continued outreach performances at the Travis County Correctional Complex for female inmates
  • Raised voices at our newest Big Sing venue, McCallum High School in Austin, Texas
  • Expanded student outreach to Victoria East and West High Schools, the San Antonio Independent School District, the African Children's Choir, and the Armstrong Community Music School
Today, we would like to ask you to renew your support and continue to spread love and joy through music at a time when we need it most!  Give to a healthy and vibrant Conspirare for the 2017-2018 Season!

Conspirare / Texas State Choral Conducting Symposium  
During the week of June 12-16, Craig Hella Johnson participated as a lecturer and instructor at the Texas State Choral Symposium. Covering everything from the basics to conducting leadership skills and vocal pedagogy, he coached participants who had the opportunity to cond uct our very own Conspirare singers!
Craig shared the following reflection:  "What an extraordinary week! I am beyond thrilled at the vibrancy and level of engagement in this inaugural collaboration between Conspirare and Texas State University School of Music. The Conspirare singers engaged so beautifully with the workshop conductors. I was in heaven being in this teaching role which combined the glory of Conspirare artists with the opportunity to work with young conductors alongside cherished colleagues Dr. Joey Martin, Dr. Jonathan Babcock, and Craig Aamot. The conducting fellows came from a broad range of background and experience as conductors of college ensembles, community choirs, church choirs and K-12 music programs. Only two words can describe this week: totally inspirational!"
For the 13th time since 2004, Conspirare was selected to receive a

Since 2004, the NEA has been one of Conspirare's biggest supporters, providing grants amounting to $388,000 in total as of this year! Previous NEA grants have supported the Minnesota tour of Stephen Paulus: A Lyrical Life  and the performances and recording of Considering Matthew Shepard,  among many projects. The most recent award was made...  
In Support of the 2017-2018 Tour of 
"We are grateful for the continued support of the NEA. Their  support has allowed Conspirare to achieve a national presence through touring and recording  world-class choral music .  The NEA's ongoing support of 
Considering Matthew Shepard   is especially meaningful as we are finding that this work resonates with so many American listeners."
     - Craig Hella Johnson
Stay tuned for our Season Announcement in June which will include the tour schedule! 
See the concert people are calling "brilliant," "powerful," and "gripping" 
Hear Craig on Stage This July!

Friday & Saturday, July 28 & 29
8 PM 
Blanton Auditorium

Craig Hella Johnson joins an ensemble for Austin Classical Guitar's i/wee. In partnership with the Refugee Services of Texas, this project explores the stories of refugees resettling in central Texas. At once deeply personal, this performance aims to make universally understood the perseverance of refugee families in the face of adversity. To learn more, visit Austin Classical Guitars website.

Support the Butler Opera Center's

International Inaugural Concert

Sunday, June 25
4 PM
Bates Recital Hall  



Julia Taylor, soprano

Ellie Jarrett Shattles, mezzo soprano

Soonchan Kwon, tenor

Benjamin Cox, baritone


Round Rock Symphony Orchestra

Conducted by Stefan Sanders

For more information, visit the Butler School of Music website.

Calling all Tenors and Basses!

Audition for Conspirare's Symphonic Choir

Conspirare Symphonic Choir is auditioning tenors and basses for the 2017-2018 season!  

 If you wish to be considered for an audition, please submit an Audition Request Form.

Join the Dynamic and Dedicated Team of 
Conspirare relies on the generosity and commitment of our volunteers to provide invaluable services for our success. Concert Ambassadors serve as ticket takers, ushers, merchandise sellers and reception hosts at performances. Office Ambassadors work at Conspirare headquarters on special projects such as music library upkeep, archiving press clippings and yes, stuffing envelopes! Ambassadors also house out-of-town Conspirare singers and instrumentalists during concert series.
We welcome new Ambassadors of all ages throughout the year, and our volunteers can serve a much or as little as they want. Ambassador roles are assigned according to interests and skills, and training is provided as needed. Your gift of time, energy, and talent is an opportunity to make new friends, give back to the community, and the opportunity to attend a performance for free!
If you like welcoming people and beautiful music, we invite you to become a part of the circle of Conspirare!
Please contact Kathy Leighton at for any questions or for further information.
If interested in volunteering in our music library, please contact  Jaime Leighton at

Thank you so much if have joined us at a Conspirare performance this season.  Please help us collect important information that allows us to apply for underwriting from local, state, and national organizations.  Your responses ensure we can keep applying for grants and also help us determine areas for future outreach.  Follow this link to participate: 
FRIENDS OF Craig Hella Johnson CHOIR
Travel to Australia!  
KI Concerts presents a Choral Festival at Australia's Sydney Opera House in July of 2018.  We are forming a Friends of Craig Hella Johnson Choir of singers from the central Texas area. The choir will join other choirs from around the world at the festival.
Prospective singers should currently be performing in a choral ensemble such as a church or civic choir, or actively singing on a regular basis.  Craig Hella Johnson and Cina Crisara will shape the program and co-direct the choir. Friends and family are welcome to sign up for the tour. Click here for more info.


Conspirare is an internationally recognized, professional choral organization led by founder and Artistic Director Craig Hella Johnson. Our Grammy®-winning ensemble comprises distinctive solo artists who are also committed to the highest level of ensemble performance. These professional singers travel to Austin from around the country to perform together, providing our audiences with a rare level of choral music making. Conspirare has released 11 titles on the prestigious PIAS/harmonia mundi label, garnering a Grammy and seven Grammy nominations.

Summer 2017 Conspirare News and Upcoming Events
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