Conspirare – Long Center Resident Company

Conspirare choir

Inspired by the power of music to change lives, Conspirare engages audiences in extraordinary musical experiences through world-class choral performances and recordings.

Over more than 20 years, Conspirare has grown into an internationally recognized professional choral organization. As one of this country’s premier choral ensembles, Conspirare is led by founder and artistic director Craig Hella Johnson. Under his leadership, Conspirare combines outstanding vocal artistry with innovative programming, creating uniquely dynamic choral art.

About Conspirare

The organization is comprised of two performing ensembles and an educational program. The professional chamber choir (“Company of Voices”) is made up of exceptionally talented singers selected from around the country and presents an annual concert series in Austin and other locations in the U.S. and abroad. The Conspirare Symphonic Choir of both professional and volunteer singers performs large choral/orchestral works, often in collaboration with other organizations such as the Austin Symphony. The Conspirare Youth Choirs is an educational program for singers ages 9-18, who learn and perform in two separate ensembles, “Kantorei” and “Allegro” (previously Conspirare Children’s Choir).

Conspirare made its first commercial recording, through the green fuse, in 2004 on the Clarion Records label. A second CD, Requiem, also on Clarion and since reissued by Harmonia Mundi, was released in 2006 and received two Grammy® nominations. Harmonia Mundi released Requiem internationally in 2009, and it received the Netherlands’ prestigious 2010 Edison Award in the choral music category. The Edison is the Dutch equivalent of the U.S. Grammy.

A third recording, Threshold of Night, was released worldwide in September 2008 on the Harmonia Mundi label, Conspirare’s first title for the distinguished recording company. Threshold of Night received two Grammy nominations. In October 2008, in cooperation with Austin’s public television station KLRU, Conspirare filmed a PBS television special, “A Company of Voices: Conspirare in Concert.” The program was broadcast nationally in March 2009, is available on both DVD and CD, and received a Grammy nomination. Conspirare’s latest recordings, Sing Freedom! African American Spirituals and Samuel Barber: An American Romantic were released in September 2011 and September 2012 respectively, both on Harmonia Mundi.

In 2005 Conspirare received the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence from national service organization Chorus America. In 2007, as one of the select choruses to receive a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts under its American Masterpieces initiative, Conspirare presented a four-day festival with a distinguished gathering of composers and conductors, performances of three world premieres, and a gala closing concert with a 600-voice choir. And in July 2008 Conspirare represented the U.S. at the Eighth World Symposium on Choral Music in Copenhagen, joining invited choirs from nearly forty countries.

The choir has performed at the American Choral Directors Association annual convention and for several regional ACDA conventions. Conspirare received the 2010 Dale Warland Singers Commission Award from Chorus America to support the commission of a new work by Seattle composer Eric Banks. In February 2011 Conspirare gave three invited performances in New York City under auspices of the Weill Music Institute of Carnegie Hall. In March 2012 the ensemble toured several Midwestern states, and in fall 2012 traveled to France for six invited performances at the Polyfollia Festival and a public concert in Paris

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