July 2021
Here's what's new with Conspirare this month
Inside Craig's Studio
Mary Oliver's poem The Summer Day is available at The Library of Congress.
News
The Joy of Singing Features New Music by Craig Hella Johnson

Hal Leonard Choral launched its 35th year of The Joy of Singing this month. Created especially for choir directors but of interest to anyone interested in knowing more about new choral music, we are excited that two of Craig Hella Johnson's recently released compositions are among the new music being featured. Both selections were written for and premiered by Conspirare and are now available to all choirs. Craig shares the story and inspiration behind these new releases.

“The Song I Came To Sing”, from The Singing Guitar, is part of the The Joy of Singing (2021): High School - Concert.

“If I Had A Hammer” is included in The Joy of Singing (2021): Upper Level Concert. "If I Had a Hammer" was first premiered in last season's Unity: Songs of Invitation.

A complete list of titles is available at the Craig Hella Johnson Choral Series.
The Singing Guitar featured on All Classical

Jon Pitman of Portland's All Classical radio featured The Singing Guitar in an in-depth interview that combines the music and an in-depth interview with Craig Hella Johnson. Listen on All Classical. The Singing Guitar has received radio airplay in 33 states, Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, France, Romania, South Africa and the United Kingdom since its release last September.
Waterloo Greenway and Conspirare Partner for CommUNITY

Join us on Saturday, August 14 from 10-4 pm for the Waterloo Park Reopening CommUNITY Day We'll be on hand to say hello, share information about upcoming concerts, audition opportunities, and ways to get involved as an ambassador. We've also got some great prizes to give away including concert tickets and advance copies of Close to You (Carillon Christmas 2019).

We are excited to join with over 20 Austin organizations for this free, family-friendly festival with dozens of activations and live performances representing cultures from around the world in the reimagined 11-acre park.
Mark Your Calendar
Ambassador Recognition & Recruitment Celebration
Thursday, September 9 from 5-8 pm
Sala & Betty (5201 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751)
 
You're invited to join us for great company, music and food as we celebrate the dedicated service of Conspirare’s Ambassadors and look to welcome new ambassadors to our team. Ambassadors are at the heartbeat of Conspirare and we have a place for your talents! Ambassador Coordinator Kathy Leighton and current ambassadors will be on hand to talk about upcoming volunteer opportunities at concerts, in the office, and remotely. We’ll also celebrate the contributions of current ambassadors in a special awards presentation.

We are grateful to Sala & Betty for hosting us on their patio and providing scrumptious food and drink for everyone.  

We invite you to learn more about our Ambassadors at the ambassador webpage. Please contact Kathy Leighton for more information.
Fall Concert Schedule
Envelop yourself in the sound of Conspirare’s Grammy-winning singers this Fall at two concerts! Stay tuned for a full announcement later this summer. Watch your inbox for details later this summer!
 
Path of Miracles
Friday, October 15 and Saturday, October 16 in Austin, TX
Conspirare opens it seasons with Path of Miracles by Joby Talbot, a captivating musical depiction of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Preview Conspirare's Path of Miracles recording on CD or your favorite streaming platform.
 
Conspirare Christmas
Monday, December 6 in Austin, TX
Guest artist, additional Texas dates and livestream date to be announced.

Conspirare Christmas reinvents the traditional holiday concert with songs of hope, courage, and love.

You can view the Conspirare Christmas 2019 Livestream and check out our complete Conspirare Christmas albums in the store.
Look Who's in the Spotlight
Each month we highlight a different artist, ambassador, staff or board member from the Conspirare family. This month we are excited to introduce you to one of our most dedicated ambassadors, Linda Cameron. She first joined us as an usher at a CYC (now Illumine) concert in Spring 2019 and has dedicated many hours as an usher, library assistant, and data wrangler. Most recently gave 23 hours of her time to compile important in-home concert attendance information. We are grateful for her vibrant and generous presence! 
 
We asked Linda a few questions to get to know more about her.
 
How did you get involved with Conspirare?
For my entire life I have loved music of all kinds, but definitely prefer classical music, especially piano and choral. The first time I attended a Conspirare Christmas Concert, I KNEW I wanted to get involved with the organization in some way. I know a couple of singers through my church and they told me about the Ambassador program. I couldn’t wait to join!
 
What kinds of ambassador tasks do you most enjoy doing? 
Because I still work full time, I especially enjoy going into the office on my own schedule or helping with projects from home. Thanks to modern technology I can spend hours on computer projects or assemble mailings without spending time in traffic. But the best part, by far, is ushering at live concerts and it’s something that my husband & I do together. I see many of my friends and other friendly faces who attend, and enjoy the comradery with other Ambassadors. I usually come home inspired and in awe of what an accomplished group of people the ambassador group is. We come from many places, different careers, some retired, many still working, but we all share a love of choral music. 

What was your favorite song in high school?
I've been a Beatles junkie since 1965 when I was a junior in high school. (I've never forgiven my parents for NOT letting me go to their first concert in Minneapolis with my best friend - we were too poor to pay the ticket price). Even today I still play Beatles music and follow the Eggmen, a copy Beatles band. Some of my favorites were "Yesterday", "I want to Hold your Hand", "Hey Jude" and "Twist and Shout". Beatles defined my generation!
 
Please tell us about your favorite Conspirare music.
There are SO MANY favorites of Conspirare songs that I enjoy, I can’t name them all! I especially love Kathlene & Craig singing “This is to Mother You”. During the pandemic when Craig sang from home, “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, it was touching, as it is one of my longtime favorite songs.

Read more about Linda (including her involvement with the Van Cliburn competition) and learn about becoming an ambassador on the Ambassador webpage.
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