​Donor Spotlight

Sandy and Bill Fivecoat

How did a tech industry executive and a CPA executive end up as avid supporters of choral music? It all started with the premiere performance of Considering Matthew Shepard

Sandy and Bill Fivecoat have always loved the performing arts – from musical theater to cabaret to the symphony. But when they experienced the premiere of Considering Matthew Shepard, Craig Hella Johnson’s masterpiece oratorio, they were personally and emotionally affected, and became convinced that this kind of music has a tangible role in reaching the hearts and minds of ordinary people. Now you can find them at every Conspirare concert sporting their Hella Circle pins! Sandy’s professional background includes teaching, state government/ policy work, C-suite consulting, and education technology. A singer through college, her travel obligations in the tech sector prevented her from doing much singing. But she re-discovered her voice after retirement, and currently sings in the Saint Johns UMC and Conspirare Symphonic Choir. A recent ‘bucket list’ experience was singing Carmina Burana with Conspirare friends, the Austin Symphony, and Ballet Austin. Bill spent his professional career as a CPA starting as an auditor KPMG and then moving to private industry. He also has a rich background in community service. Most recently, he serves on the Saint John’s UMC finance Committee and Conspirare’s board, where he now serves as treasurer. An avid cyclist Bill has logged 6,752 miles in 2019. (But who’s counting?) In addition to Conspirare, Sandy and Bill share a love of music, dancing, Pilates, and the Austin Kindness Project, a program they created in 2016 designed to share love, kindness, and civic engagement. Through that effort, they have raised over $25,000 for the ACLU, and placed over 5,000 ‘In this House’ signs in the Greater Austin Area. Both Sandy and Bill serve on Conspirare’s Board of Directors and are active Hella Circle members. Sandy is a Hella Circle Co-Chair. The most important thing Bill and Sandy share is the love and support of a very large family, including four children and nine grandchildren who live in or near the Mueller neighborhood. They see every day as a blessing of family, friends, and music, and are especially grateful for the joy and inspiration they derive from the Conspirare family of friends and musicians.