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Rising Opera Star Credits Conspirare Youth Choir for Success

If you vacation in Hawaii this summer, be sure to catch Brennan Martinez singing the title role of Carmen in The Tragedy of Carmen, Peter Brook’s adaptation of Bizet’s Carmen as part of the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. Brennan is a graduate student at the Fletcher...

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Hope of Loving CD Release

“A vivid stream courses beneath Hope of Loving,” observed a Conspirare audience member, “a stream of thrumming, heart-beating voices constantly being born.” Hope of Loving, choral music of Jake Runestad, is available on CD and online streaming starting next month....

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Our Work Echoes Out Beyond Performance

Conspirare is shaping choral education and performance across the country. We checked in with Craig Hella Johnson and three Conspirare vocalists to see how the ensemble is influencing choral music today. Return to the Muse In his role as Artist-in-Residence at Texas...

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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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