Past Repertoire

All works were performed by Conspirare, except those marked with an asterisk (*) which were performed by Conspirare Symphonic Choir.

This list has been selected from recent seasons. To see additional repertoire performed, please view our program booklets or the track lists for our recordings.

  • Kile Smith (b. 1956): April Showers – world premiere
  • Kyle Pederson (b. 1971): “Call Across” world premiere
  • Carlos Cordero (b. 1992) and Julie Flanders, poet: “Holding Our Breath” world premiere
  • World premiere of the Quarantine Madrigals composed by Reena Esmail based on poems written by Amy Fogerson
  • Samuel Barber (1910-1981): “O Thou Who art unchangeable”
  • John Musto (b.1954): “Litany”
  • Eliza Gilkyson (b. 1950) arr. Craig Hella Johnson (b. 1962): “Requiem”
  • J.S. Bach (1685-1750): “O ewiges Feuer, or Ursprung der Liebe” (from Cantata BWV 34)
  • Annie Lennox (b. 1954): “A Thousand Beautiful Things”
  • Traditional, arr. Craig Hella Johnson (b. 1962): “Shall We Gather”
  • arr. Craig Hella Johnson (b. 1962): “If I Had a Hammer”
  • Deke Sharon (b. 1967): “Me/No” world premiere
  • Samuel Barber (1910-1981): Agnus Dei (Adagio for Strings, Op. 11)
  • Irving Berlin (1888-1989): “God Bless America”
  • J.S. Bach (1685-1750): Dona Nobis Pacem (Mass in B Minor)
  • May Brahe (1884-1956) arr. Paul Ayres (b.1970): “Bless This House”
  • Ēriks Ešenvalds (b. 1977): “On Friendship”
  • Ayres, Paul (b. 1970): “I would rather die than hate you”
  • Harris, William (1883-1973): Faire is the Heaven
  • Clearfield, Andrea (b. 1960): “Prayer to the Shechinah” (world premiere)
  • Works by Ēriks Ešenvalds, Caroline Shaw, Michael Gilbertson, Mari Esabel Valverde, Maurice Duruflé, Gwyneth Walker, Peteris Vasks, and Kate Rusby
  • Works for Double Chorus including The Passing of the Year by Jonathan Dove (b. 1959) and Mass for Double Choir by Frank Martin (1890-1974)
  • Johnson, Craig Hella (b. 1962): “The Song That I Came to Sing”
  • Elder, Daniel (b. 1986): “The Long Day Closes”
  • Hand, Frederic (b. 1947): “Chorale”
  • Esmail, Reena (b. 1983): “When the Guitar”
  • Smith, Kile (b. 1956): The Dawn’s Early Light (world premiere)
  • Muhly, Nico (b. 1981): How Little You Are
  • Williams, John (b. 1932): *Close Encounters of the Third Kind (performed with Austin Symphony Orchestra)
  • Orff, Carl (1895-1982): *Carmina Burana (performed with Ballet Austin and the Austin Symphony Orchestra)
  • Johnson, Craig Hella (b. 1962): Considering Matthew Shepard (September 2019 tour)
  • Hagen, Jocelyn (b. 1980): Songs for Muska (world premiere)
  • Smith, Kile (b. 1956): Canticle
  • A concert of contemporary works for voices and instruments by women composers including Felicia Sandler, Andrea Clearfield, Anna Thorvaldsdóttir, Rosephanye Powell, Caroline Shaw, and Jocelyn Hagen
  • Brahms, Johannes (1833-1897): *A German Requiem (performance with the Austin Symphony Orchestra)
  • Runestad, Jake (b. 1986): “Waves” (2015), American Triptych (2015), “Why the Caged Bird Sings” (2014), “Let My Love Be Heard” (2015), “And So I Go On” (2015), The Hope of Loving (2015), “Flower into Kindness” (from Into the Light)
  • Bach, J.S. (1865-1750): “Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden” (BWV 230), “Komm, Jesu, komm” (BWV 229), “Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf” (BWV 226), “Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied” (BWV 225)
  • Hearne, Ted (b. 1982): “Fervor” (world premiere), “Consent”
  • Johnson, Craig Hella (b. 1962): Considering Matthew Shepard (Tours: September 2018, October 2018, April 2019)
  • Bernstein, Leonard (1918-1990): *Mass
  • Johnson, Craig Hella (b. 1962): Considering Matthew Shepard (February and June 2018 tours)
  • Lang, David (b. 1957): *the national anthems (regional premiere)
  • Newman, Randy (b. 1943): *”I Think it’s Going to Rain Today”
  • Sato, Kentaro (b. 1981): *”Tsunangari (Connection)
  • Bates, Mason (b. 1977): *Mass Transmission (regional premiere)
  • Todd, Will (b. 1970): *Songs of Love
  • Johnson, Craig Hella (b. 1952): Considering Matthew Shepard
  • Lang, David (b. 1957): The Little Match Girl Passion (quartet version)
  • Hagen, Jocelyn (b. 1980): Songs for Muska (workshop premiere)
  • Britten, Benjamin (1913-1976): Hymn to St. Cecilia
  • Paulus, Stephen (1949-2014): “Arise, My Love”; “Little Elegy”; Poemas de Amor; “When Music Sounds”; “Hymn to the Eternal Flame”; “All Things Are Passing”; “All Living Beings” (from Awakening); “Singalo, Singalay” (from Harmoonia); “Silver the River”; “Tree of Two Birds” (from Fountain of My French); “God with Me”; “Afternoon on a Hill” (from Four Songs on Poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay); “Hymn for America”; “Pilgrims Hymn” (from The Three Hermits); “The Day Is Done”; “Beautiful Things” (from Madrigali Michalangelo). Arranged/Adapted by Stephen Paulus: “We Gather Together” (Kremser from Nederland-landtsch Gedenclanck); “Shall We Gather at the River”; “Shenandoah” (from Heritage Songs); “Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair” (from Heritage Songs); “The Road Home” (“Prospect” from Southern Harmony)
  • Paulus, Greg (b. 1962), arr. Cary John Franklin: “Hymn for Dad”
  • O’Regan, Tarik (b. 1978): Turn (world premiere)
  • Johnson, Craig Hella (b. 1962): Considering Matthew Shepard (world premiere)
  • Whitbourn, James (b. 1963): Annelies
  • Naplan, Allan E., arr. (b. 1972): “Al Shlosha D’Varim”
  • Welcher, Dan (b. 1948): “I Dream a World”
  • Scotch Traditional: “It Singeth Low in Every Heart”
  • 21st century works on texts by Emily Dickinson by composers Tom Cipullo, Ricky Ian Gordon, Daren Aric Hagen, Jocelyn Hagen, Jake Heggie, Craig Hella Johnson, André Previn, Joshua Shank, Larry Alan Smith. 2 voices and piano. World premieres by Emily Lau and Adam Jacob Simon
  • Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827): *Finale, “Ode to Joy” (Symphony No. 9 in D minor)
  • Wilson, Meredith (1902-1084), orchestral arr. Don Walker: *”Till There Was You” (The Music Man)
  • Rogers, Richard (1902-1979), orchestral arr. Bruce Pomahac: *”It’s a Grand Night for Singing” (State Fair)
  • Grantham, Donald (b. 1947): *So Long as Days Shall Be (world premiere)
  • Haydn, Franz Josef (1732-1809): *”The Heavens Are Telling” (The Creation)
  • Brahms, Johannes (1833-1897), arr. Sir John Eliot Gardiner: *Geistliches Lied
  • Orff, Carl (1895-1982): *”O Fortuna” (Carmina Burana)
  • Smetana, Bedřich (1824-1884), choral arr. Greg Pliska: *”Let Us Join in Celebration” (The Bartered Bride)
  • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791), ed. Süssmayer: *Dies irae, *Lacrimosa (Requiem in D minor)
  • Duruflé, Maurice (1902-1986): *Sanctus (Requiem, Op. 9)
  • Fauré, Gabriel (1845-1924): *Agnus Dei (Requiem, Op. 48)
  • Handel, George Frideric (1685-1759): *Zadok the Priest
  • Verdi, Giuseppi (1813-1901): *Sanctus (Messa de Requiem)
  • Runestad, Jake (b. 1986): Come to the Woods (world premiere)
  • Banks, Eric (b. 1969): This Delicate Universe (world premiere)
  • Finney, Ross Lee (1906-1997): “See How the Earth” (VI from Spherical Madrigals)
  • Gore, Michael (b. 1951), arr. Craig Hella Johnson: I Sing the Body Electric
  • Alwood, J.K. (1828-1909), arr. Shawn Kirchner: Unclouded Day
  • Muhly, Nico (b. 1981): How Little You Are (world premiere)
  • Grantham, Donald (b. 1947): “La canción desesperada” (revised version 2014)
  • Kirchner, Shawn (b. 1970): “Soneto II” (“Tu Voz”), “Soneto LIII” (“Tu sangre en la mía”)
  • Lauridsen, Morten (b. 1943): “Soneto de la Noche”
  • Ratcliff, Cary (b. 1953): “Ode to Common Things” (chamber version premiere)
  • Bach, J. S. (1685-1750): St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244)
  • Johnson, Craig Hella (b. 1962): Considering Matthew Shepard (A Passion), Work-in-progress workshop performance
  • Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986): Requiem
  • Muehleisen, John (b. 1955): Pietà
  • Lauridsen, Morten (b. 1943): *Lux Aeterna
  • Whitbourn, James (b. 1963): *Luminosity
  • Bach, J. S. (1685-1750): Motets, “Der Geist hilft unserer Schwachheit auf” BWV 226, “Komm, Jesu, Komm” BWV 229, “Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied” BWV 225, “Lobet den Herrn” BWV 230
  • Uusberg, Pärt (b. 1986): “Muusika”
  • Pärt, Arvo (b. 1935): “Spiegel im Spiegel”
  • Hughes, Langston (1902-1967): “Born into Weary (The Weary Blues)”
  • Mahler, Gustav (1860-1911), arr. Clytus Gottwald: “Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen”
  • Sametz, Stevem (b. 1954): “in time of”
  • Staheli, Ronald (b. 1947): “Peace Like a River”
  • Kevin Puts (b. 1972): If I Were a Swan (world premiere), To Touch the Sky (world premiere)
  • Averitt, William (b. 1948): “Fire” (from Afro American Fragments)
  • Bernstein, Leonard (1918-1990): “A Simple Song”
  • Clausen, René (b. 1953): “Tonight Eternity Alone”
  • Dellaira, Michael (b. 1949): “Campers at Kitty Hawk” (from USA Stories)
  • Galindo, Blas (1910-1993): “Dos Corazones Heridos,” “Me gustas cuando callas”
  • Paulus, Stephen (b. 1949): “The Road Home”
  • Stucky, Steven (b. 1949): “O sacrum convivium” (from Three New Motets in memoriam Thomas Tallis)
  • Pavel Chesnokov (1877-1944): “Do Not Reject Me,” “Cherubic Hymn,” “Come, Let Us Worship,” “Praise the Lord from the Heavens”
  • Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov (1859-1935): “Bless the Lord, O My Soul”
  • Alexandre Gretchaninoff (1864-1956): “Glory to the Only Begotten Son,” “The Litany of Fervent Supplication,” “The Creed,” “Our Father (Lord’s Prayer),” “The Cherubic Hymn,” “Now the Powers of Heaven,” “Many Years”
  • Andrei Ilyashenko (1884-1954): “We Should Choose to Love Silence (Concerto for the Nativity of Christ)”
  • Alexander Kastalsky (1856-1926): “The Great Doxology,” “A Mercy of Peace (Znamenny Chant),” “Hymn to the Mother of God,” “Christmas Kontakion,” “We Praise Thee (Znamenny Chant),” “As Many Have Been Baptized (Znamenny Chant)”
  • Nikolai Kedroff, Sr. (1871-1940): “Our Father (Lord’s Prayer)”
  • Vladimir Martynov (b. 1946): “The Beatitudes”
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943): All Night Vigil: Praise the Name of the Lord (Znamenny Chant), “Let Our Mouths Be Filled,” “Blessed be the Name”
  • Georgy Sviridov (b. 1915-1998): “Christmas Troparion,” A Wondrous Birth, No. 7: A Wondrous Birth
  • Peter Tchaikovsky (1840-1893): Liturgy, Opus 41, no. 3: Come, Let Us Worship
  • George Frideric Handel (1685-1759): Dixit Dominus HWV 232
  • Andrew Imbrie (1921-2007): On the Beach at Night
  • Arvo Pärt (b. 1935): Berliner Messe (rev. 2002)
  • Eric Whitacre (b. 1970): Alleluia (U.S. premiere), Oculi Omnium (U.S. premiere), Five Hebrew Love Songs, Sleep
  • Joby Talbot (b. 1971): Path of Miracles (southwestern U.S. premiere)
  • Samuel Barber (1910-1981): Agnus Dei, Easter Chorale (Chorale for Ascension Day) (world premiere of new version for chamber orchestra by Robert Kyr, 2011), The Lovers (world premiere of new chamber version by Robert Kyr, 2011), Reincarnations
  • Charles H. H. Parry (1848-1918): *Jerusalem (performed with Conspirare Youth Choirs)
  • C. V. Stanford (1852-1924): *Beati Quorum Via (performed with Conspirare Youth Choirs)
  • Thomas Tallis (1505-1585): *If Ye Love Me (performed with Conspirare Youth Choirs)
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): *Five Mystical Songs, *The Drinking Song (from Sir John in Love)
  • Gustav Holst (1874–1934): *The Planets (performed with Austin Symphony Orchestra)
  • Claude Debussy (1862-1918): *Nocturnes (performed with Austin Symphony Orchestra)
  • Carl Orff (1895-1982): *Carmina Burana (performed with Ballet Austin and the Austin Symphony Orchestra)
  • Spirituals, including world premiere compositions or arrangements by Mark Adamo (b. 1962), Robert Kyr (b. 1951), David Lang (b. 1957), and Tarik O’Regan (b. 1978) and arrangements by William Dawson, Wendell Whalum, Craig Hella Johnson, and others
  • Josquin des Prez (1450-1521): De Profundis, Nymphe des bois-Requiem, others
  • Orlandus Lassus (1532-1594): Musica dei donum optimi, Lamentatio Tertia Primi Diei, others
  • Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611): Magnum mysterium, others
  • Robert Kyr (b. 1952): Songs of the Soul (world premiere)
  • Roberto Sierra (b. 1953): *Missa Latina
  • Robert Kyr (b. 1952): A Time for Life
  • Cary Ratcliff (b. 1961): *Ode to Common Things (performed with Austin Symphony Orchestra)
  • Max Reger (1873-1916): Acht Geistliche Gesänge
  • Richard Strauss (1864-1949): Deutsche Motette
  • Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611): Requiem: Missa Pro Defunctis
  • David Lang (b. 1957): The Little Match Girl Passion
  • James McMillan (b. 1959): *Cantos Sagrados
  • Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986): *Requiem
  • J. S. Bach (1685-1750): Mass in B minor (with period instruments)
  • Eliza Gilkyson (b. 1950): Requiem
  • Morton Lauridsen (b. 1943): Sure on This Shining Night
  • Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943): Vespers (All Night Vigil), Op. 37
  • G. F. Handel (1685-1759): Messiah (with period instruments)
  • Gustav Mahler (1860-1911): *Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection” (performed with Austin Symphony Orchestra)
  • American songs and spirituals, including Hannibal Lokumbe (b. 1948): *Furahi (Rejoice), performed with the composer on trumpet
  • Tarik O’Regan (b. 1978): Threshold of Night, Triptych, and other works (including 3 world premieres)
  • Morten Lauridsen (b. 1943): Nocturnes
  • Samuel Barber (1910-1981): Twelfth Night
  • Jeffrey Van (b. 1941): A Procession Winding Around Me (performed with the composer on guitar)
  • David Asplin (b. 1954): For the Healing of the Nations
  • Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901): *Requiem
  • Daniel-Lesur (1908-2002): Le Cantique des Cantiques
  • Alexander Gretchaninov (1864-1956): All-Night Vigil, Op. 59
  • Dan Welcher (b. 1948): Leaves of Grass (world premiere of complete cycle)
  • Stephen Paulus (b. 1949): Poemas de Amor (world premiere)
  • John Muehleisen (b. 1955): *Salut au Monde (world premiere), performed by a massed choir of 600 voices including Conspirare and Conspirare Symphonic Choir
  • Paul Crabtree (b. 1960): Tenebrae Responsories on Songs by Bob Dylan (world premiere)
  • Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847): *Elijah
  • Herbert Howells (1892-1983): Requiem
  • Eric Whitacre (b. 1970): Three Songs of Faith
  • John Corigliano (b. 1938): Amen
  • Benjamin Britten (1913-1976): Hymn to St. Cecilia
  • W. A. Mozart (1791-1844): *Mass in C minor (Levin completion)

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