Who We Are

Conspirare

Craig Hella Johnson

Symphonic Choir

Artist Citizen Choral Collective

People

Conspirare is a GRAMMY®-winning choir and nonprofit performing arts and music education organization that believes in the power of music to change lives, inspire peace, and foster belonging. Conspirare was established in 1991 in Austin, Texas, by Craig Hella Johnson and a band of dedicated supporters.

Conspirare shares the gift of singing through:

  • Conspirare: A Company of Voices – Our GRAMMY®-winning professional choir that performs, records, and teaches.
  • Conspirare Symphonic Choir – Our choir of volunteer musicians who audition and perform.
  • Music in Schools – Our musicians inspire and uplift choir students and their teachers at low-income middle and high schools through master classes and free performances.
  • Big Sing – Free community singing opportunities held at public places like schools, libraries, and museums.

Our Impact

Last season Conspirare’s music inspired and uplifted:

  • 4,000 people at live performances, including 600 listeners joining us for the first time.
  • 200 choir students and their teachers at six low-income middle and high schools with master classes provided at no cost to them.
  • 13 choirs and their audiences who performed Considering Matthew Shepard with consulting from Craig Hella Johnson and valued resources.
  • 12,000 YouTube viewers watching from home or choir classrooms.
  • Spotify listeners who heard Conspirare’s music 74,000 times in one month alone!

Highlights from 30 Years of Song

1991
1991

We start as The New Texas Festival, an annual week-long choral music festival. The next year we debut our first Christmas concert at the intimate Carillon.

2002
2002

We become Conspirare, inspired by the power of music to transform lives.

2004
2004

We release our first commercial recording, Through the Green Fuse (Clarion).

2005
2005

Chorus America, the national organization supporting choral leaders, honors our work with the Margaret Hills Award for Choral Excellence.

2006
2006

Our recording Requiem (Clarion) earns Grammy nominations for Best Choral Performance and Best Engineered Album, Classical.

2008
2008

We perform at the grand opening of the Long Center, Austin’s brand-new performing arts center.

2008
2008

Our recording Threshold of Night earns GRAMMY® nominations for Best Choral Performance and Best Classical Album on the Harmoni Mundi label.

2009
2009

A Company of Voices: Conspirare in Concert,” a PBS special, premiers to millions of viewers and earns a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Classical Crossover.

2010
2010

We win the Edison Award (Dutch equivalent of Grammys) for Requiem (Harmonia Mundi’s 2009 re-release).

2013
2013

Our founding artistic director Craig Hella Johnson is named Texas State Musician.

2014
2014

The Sacred Spirit of Russia, our seventh recording, wins the GRAMMY® Award for Best Choral Performance.

2015
2015

Our recording Path of Miracles is awarded the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik in Germany.

2016
2016

Our tenth recording, Pablo Neruda: The Poet Sings, is nominated for a GRAMMY® Award for Best Choral Performance.

2016
2016

We premiere Craig Hella Johnson’s first full-length composition, Considering Matthew Shepard, moving critics and audiences and earning a GRAMMY® nomination.

2018
2018

We perform by invitation at the interment of Matthew Shepard’s ashes at the Washington National Cathedral.

2019
2019

We are honored with a Texas Medal of Arts Award by the Texas Cultural Trust.

2020
2020

During the pandemic, when many choirs stop performing, we expand the bounds of choral performance with innovative free live in-home experiences and grow the Conspirare family to encompass the globe.

2022
2022

We gather 15 composers to commission songs for today, performed over two nights as Hear Me Out.

2023
2023

We record and release our 33rd recording, House of Belonging, featuring new works by Sharon Nova and Alex Berko performed with the Miró Quartet.

Our Sponsors

Season Underwriter

Friends and Foundations

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Legacy of Sound
Legacy of Sound

Anonymous • Marvin J. Brittman • Fran & Larry Collmann • Mary & Phil Delk • Lynne Dobson & Greg Wooldridge • Lara & Robert Harlan • Richard Hartgrove • Tina & Dale Knobel • Gail & Jeffrey Kodosky • Wendi & Brian Kushner • Dale Linebarger & Dr. Joni Wallace • Gayle & Mike Roche

Business Sponsors

Media Sponsor

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Hospitality Sponsor

Arts Agencies

Conspirare is funded and supported in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts.

Community Partners