Craig Hella Johnson (born 1962) is regarded as one of the most influential figures in the current realm of choral conducting. As founder and Artistic Director of the Grammy®-winning ensemble Conspirare, Johnson is known for crafting musical journeys that forge deep connections between performers and audiences. As a member of Conspirare, I have garnered firsthand experience to Craig’s innovative style of molding a group of professional voices into a refined and unified sound. Each engagement under Craig’s leadership is an amazingly fulfilling experience. As a singer and pedagogue, several questions had accumulated in me in my ongoing association with Conspirare. This paper relays Craig’s thoughts and perspectives on several issues that I posed to him in a recorded discussion in Austin, Texas. Topics covered include issues regarding repertoire selection, thoughts on making recordings, efficiency of rehearsal, concepts of sound, and various logistics that go into creating and maintaining a professional vocal ensemble. — Jos Milton
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