By Conspirare soprano Anna Christofaro
In May, while on tour in Minnesota and Alberta, Canada, the Conspirare singers and Craig Hella Johnson stopped at Wayzata High School for an outreach class and sing-along. The students were thrilled, and we are happy to share here a video (below) documenting one of the favorite pieces of the day, “Let the River Run.”
Photo of Ms. Christofaro by Elle Logan
The day Conspirare and Wayzata High School Choir Students made music together was a special day for everyone involved.
I am a Wayzata High School alumna, and I remember how inspiring it was to listen to Conspirare as a teenager. Rebecca Wyffels, the director of Wayzata Concert Choir, introduced me to Conspirare as a student, and since then I have admired their high level of artistry and the beauty they create. I emailed Rebecca as a college student saying how meaningful it was to listen to Conspirare and how it got me through the ups and downs of college life. Now, as a voice teacher and Conspirare singer, I know personally how important it is for young musicians to connect with a group that inspires them.
The students were given the opportunity to ask questions to Craig and the singers. They inquired about how to stay involved in singing even if it’s not a future profession. They were also curious about the singers’ ages, what steps to take to further their singing after high school, and how to be better music makers.
It’s clear that the Wayzata students see the Conspirare singers as rock stars. They meticulously learned their notes and anticipated their arrival with great excitement. I know that the current high school students gained so much from Conspirare’s visit. They continued to talk about the experience to their friends for many days afterward. This collaboration was not only inspiring for the students, but also for me and the other touring professionals. It made me realize how much of an impact we have and how great it is to be able to give back and be a role model for growing singers.
Craig was so inspiring to these young people and spoke about the importance of each individual voice – that each singer has something unique to add to the greater whole.
Music is powerful and bonds people together. It was truly a special day for my Wayzata and Conspirare families to come together and make music. I’m happy to have been a part of this collaboration and, for me, to have it all come full circle.