Established in 1991 as the New Texas Festival to present a summer classical music festival in Austin, Conspirare has evolved into an international phenomenon, lauded for artistry, innovation and mastery at making music that matters to audiences worldwide.“Pablo Neruda: The Poet Sings” garners a 7th Grammy nomination
The group, conducted by Craig Hella Johnson, was again nominated for a Best Choral Performance Grammy (2016). Pablo Neruda: The Poet Sings is Conspirare’s tenth recording on the Harmonia Mundi label.
“The Sacred Spirit of Russia” wins Best Choral Performance Grammy 2014
Conspirare Company of Voices conducted by Artistic Director Craig Hella Johnson won in the category of Best Choral Performance for its CD The Sacred Spirit of Russia. The award for Best Choral Performance is given to the conductor. The Sacred Spirit of Russia is Conspirare’s seventh recording on the Harmonia Mundi label.
Conspirare becomes Resident Company of Long Center for the Performing Arts, April 2013.
In April 2013 the Long Center welcomed Conspirare as the newest addition to its prestigious family of Resident Companies. Other Resident Companies include Austin Shakespeare, Pollyanna Theatre Company, and Tapestry Dance Company. The original Founding Resident Companies are Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera, and Ballet Austin.
Artistic Director Craig Hella Johnson is named Texas State Musician 2013.
He joins the company of Billy F. Gibbons, Lyle Lovett, Sara Hickman, and Willie Nelson, among distinguished others. Texas state musicians are selected in recognition of years of excellence and dedicated commitment to the arts in Texas. Johnson is one of only two classical musicians to receive the designation; the other was its first recipient, pianist James Dick.
International music festival and Paris performance October 2012
Conspirare traveled to France by invitation to participate in Polyfollia in Lower Normandy. The biennial Polyfollia festival showcases the best of international choral art and facilitates the meeting of vocal ensembles with international professionals from broadcasting and musical entertainment. After the festival the group presented a public concert of American, Russian, and French works in the heart of Paris at Église Saint-Louis-en-l’Île.
Tour of the Midwest in March 2012
Conspirare presented public performances in Michigan and Indiana and headlined the American Choral Directors Association Central Division conference in Fort Wayne. The program featured American music, two U.S. premieres of works by Eric Whitacre and selections from Conspirare’s 2011 CD, Sing Freedom! African American Spirituals.
Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute 2011
brought us to the Big Apple to perform three concerts in February 2011, part of Weill’s Neighborhood Concert series which introduces world-class artists to diverse audiences in all five boroughs. This followed our 2003 performance at Carnegie under the auspices of the American Choral Directors Association.
Ground-breaking weekend festival
“Renaissance & Response: Polyphony Then & Now,” in January 2011, showcased the works of Josquin Des Prez, Orlandus Lassus, Tomás Luis de Victoria and J.S. Bach in four distinct programs, each featuring a world premiere by series composer-in-residence, Robert Kyr. The Wall Street Journal called it “a powerful new achievement in American music that vividly traces a journey from despair to transcendence.”
Our “Big Sing” represents a deep commitment to the power of singing.
In our 2009-2010 season we began transforming the audience into the choir. Artistic Director Craig Hella Johnson leads music lovers in vocal warm-ups and easy-to-learn melodic songs. These events, instantly popular in Austin, have also inspired audiences in New York City, which hosted two Big Sings in February 2010.
We are musical ambassadors at home and abroad,
representing America at the Eighth World Symposium on Choral Music in Copenhagen (2008), joining choirs from nearly 40 nations. The following year we led a Peace Event at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum. In 2012 Conspirare traveled to France by invitation to participate in the biennial Polyfollia World Showcase in Normandy. After the festival the group presented a concert at Église Saint-Louis-en-l’Île in Paris.
The National Endowment for the Arts has honored us repeatedly.
In 2007, the NEA selected Conspirare to present “Crossing the Divide: Exploring Influence and Finding Our Voice,” a four-day choral festival celebrating composers, conductors, singers, musicians and audiences. Conspirare was one of a handful of organizations around the country chosen to be part of this national celebration of singing. Recent major grants have supported our 2011 CD release Sing Freedom! African American Spirituals, our 2012 recording of Samuel Barber’s choral works, and a multi-city tour of the Midwest in March 2012.
We are a recognized choral leader and innovator,
winning Chorus America’s Margaret Hills Award for Choral Excellence (2005) and the Dale Warland Singers Commission Award (2010). We are also proud to be a featured performer at the yearly regional and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association.
“A Company of Voices: Conspirare in Concert” brings Grammy nomination
A Company of Voices: Conspirare in Concert premiered to universal acclaim on PBS in March 2009, showcasing our choral work to millions of viewers and earning a Grammy® nomination for Best Classical Crossover.
Our first collaboration with the prestigious harmonia mundi label leads to Grammy nominations
Threshold of Night (2008) earned Grammy® nominations for Best Choral Performance and Best Classical Album.
Conspirare's second commercial recording receives Grammy nominations and Edison Award
Requiem (Clarion, 2006) earned Grammy® nominations for Best Choral Performance and Best Engineered Album, Classical. Harmonia Mundi’s 2009 re-release of Requiem in America and Europe garnered the 2010 Edison Award (Denmark) for recording excellence in the Choral Music category.
Conspirare's first commercial recording
through the green fuse (Clarion, 2004), established an abiding musical legacy.