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My Heart is Full: Songs for Muska

When Craig Hella Johnson recommended I Am the Beggar of the World, a book of traditional Landays folk-couplets by Pashtun women on the Afghanistan and Pakistan border, to friend and fellow composer Jocelyn Hagen, he knew exactly what he was doing. The two-line poems...

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Learning and Healing with Conspirare

One way Conspirare shares the power of choral music is through Craig Hella Johnson's teaching and conducting. Recently, Johnson served as the conductor for the Texas Two Year All-State Choir; an auditioned choir made up of students from 2-year colleges across Texas....

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Carla McElhaney, Piano

An innovative presence in the classical music field, pianist Carla McElhaney is highly regarded as a dynamic performing artist and a creative arts entrepreneur. She is the pianist, co-founder, and Executive/Artistic Director of Austin’s innovative chamber music and...

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Conspirare Performs at Washington National Cathedral

Conspirare performed for 2,025 attendees for the interment of Matthew Shepard’s ashes at Washington National Cathedral on October 26. Conductor Craig Hella Johnson led Conspirare's choir of 34 singers and eight instrumentalists. Conspirare performed selections from...

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Brian Shaw, trumpet

“Brian Shaw epitomizes the versatile twenty-first-century trumpeter.” – Elisa Koehler, Fanfares and Finesse Brian Shaw is the Julian & Sidney Carruth Associate Professor of Trumpet/Jazz Studies at Louisiana State University. He is also Co-Principal Trumpet of the...

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