Conspirare is grateful for the many contributions of Staff, Board, and Artists.

Choirs

Staff

Board

Ambassadors

People

Staff

Craig Hella Johnson email Artistic Director

Ann McNair email Managing Director

Karen Langley  email Director of Development

Scott Dinger email Development Specialist

Rick Gabrillo email Associate Conductor

Robert Harlan email Technical Director and Stage Manager

Sam Henderson email Conspirare Concierge

Ben R. King email Executive Assistant for Special Projects

Meri Krueger email Artist Relations

Jaime Leighton email Production Administrator and Webmaster

Kathy Leighton email House Manager

Jane Ramirez email Business Manager

Kendall Walshak Production Assistant

Conspirare Youth Choirs Staff

Nina Revering email CYC Director

Kendall Walshak email Interim CYC Manager

Lyndsea Woodall CYC Intern

Alicia Villarreal CYC Conducting Intern

Internship Program

Board of Directors

  • Nancy Lesch, Chair, Health and Wellness Strategist and Consultant
  • Robert Harlan, Vice Chair, Owner, Harlan Enterprises
  • William G. Fivecoat, Treasurer, CPA (ret.)
  • William C. Bednar, Secretary, Attorney, Independent Practice
  • Ken Beck, Co-Founder, The Crossings (ret.)
  • Mark Bierner, Senior Lecturer, University of Texas at Austin (ret.)
  • Marvin J. Brittman, Legal Executive (ret.)
  • Carl Caricari, Founder, Caricari Consultants, Technology/Business Consultants
  • Mary Anne Connolly, Founder/Chief Creative Officer, MACMedia
  • Susanna Finnell, Director of Admissions, Adjunct Professor of English, University of Houston (ret.)
  • Sandy Fivecoat, Consultant & Executive Coach
  • Elliott Forrest, Broadcaster/Producer/Director/Designer, WQXR, NY
  • Marcus Cruz Sanchez, Director of Communications and Marketing, Kind Clinic
  • Joni Wallace, Dentist, Dr. Joni Wallace, DDS

 

Advisory Board

  • Stephen Aechternacht
  • John Aielli
  • Sue Barnes
  • Ray Brimble
  • David Claflin
  • Tom Driscoll
  • Virginia Dupuy
  • Maydelle Fason
  • JoLynn Free
  • Billy Gammon
  • Vance George
  • Helen Hays
  • Dan Herd
  • William B. Hilgers
  • Judith Jellison
  • Bob Murphy
  • Lynn Murphy
  • Cliff Redd
  • Gayle Glass Roche
  • Nancy Scanlan
  • Angela Smith
  • Bernadette Tasher
  • Louann Temple
  • Eva Womack
  • Midge Woolsey
Season 2017-18 Board
  • Fran Collmann, Chair, CEO, TesCom, Inc.
  • Robert Harlan, Vice Chair, Owner, Harlan Enterprises
  • Larry Collmann, Treasurer, Entrepreneur
  • William C. Bednar, Secretary, Attorney, independent practice
  • Ken Beck, Co-Founder, The Crossings (ret.)
  • Mary Anne Connolly, Founder/Chief Creative Officer, MACMedia
  • Susanna Finnell, Director of Admissions, Adjunct Professor of English, University of Houston (ret.)
  • Nancy Lesch, Health and Wellness Strategist and Consultant
  • Jerele D. Neeld, Dell Technologies
  • Ozden Ochoa, Professor Emerita of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University
  • Marcus Cruz Sanchez, Director of Communications and Marketing, Kind Clinic
  • Joni Wallace, Dentist, Dr. Joni Wallace, DDS
  • Tricia Yost, Global Tax Director at Whole Foods

 

Advisory Board

  • Stephen Aechternacht
  • John Aielli
  • Sue Barnes
  • Mark Bierner
  • Ray Brimble
  • David Claflin
  • Tom Driscoll
  • Virginia Dupuy
  • Maydelle Fason
  • JoLynn Free
  • Billy Gammon
  • Vance George
  • Helen Hays
  • Dan Herd
  • William B. Hilgers
  • Wayne Holtzman
  • Judith Jellison
  • Bob Murphy
  • Lynn Murphy
  • Cliff Redd
  • Gayle Glass Roche
  • Nancy Scanlan
  • Angela Smith
  • Bernadette Tasher
  • Louann Temple
  • Eva Womack
  • Midge Woolsey
Season 2016-17 Board
  • Fran Collmann, Chair, CEO, TesCom, Inc.
  • Robert Harlan, Vice Chair, Owner, Harlan Enterprises
  • Larry Collmann, Treasurer, Entrepreneur
  • William C. Bednar, Secretary, Attorney, independent practice
  • Ken Beck, Co-Founder, The Crossings (ret.)
  • Mary Anne Connolly, Founder/Chief Creative Officer, MACMedia
  • Susanna Finnell, Director of Admissions, Adjunct Professor of English, University of Houston (ret.)
  • Nancy Lesch, Health and Wellness Strategist and Consultant
  • Jerele D. Neeld, Dell Technologies
  • Ozden Ochoa, Professor Emerita of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University
  • Marion Lear Swaybill, Media Producer & Consultant
  • Joni Wallace, Dentist, Dr. Joni Wallace, DDS
  • Patrick Willis, Managing Partner, Orange Door Development
  • Tricia Yost, Global Tax Director at Whole Foods

 

Advisory Board

  • Stephen Aechternacht
  • John Aielli
  • Sue Barnes
  • Mark Bierner
  • Ray Brimble
  • David Claflin
  • Tom Driscoll
  • Virginia Dupuy
  • Maydelle Fason
  • JoLynn Free
  • Billy Gammon
  • Vance George
  • Helen Hays
  • Dan Herd
  • William B. Hilgers
  • Wayne Holtzman
  • Judith Jellison
  • Bob Murphy
  • Lynn Murphy
  • Cliff Redd
  • Gayle Glass Roche
  • Nancy Scanlan
  • Angela Smith
  • Bernadette Tasher
  • Louann Temple
  • Eva Womack
  • Midge Woolsey
Season 2013-14 Board
  • Robert J. Karli, Chair, Senior Pastor, First English Lutheran Church (ret.)
  • Toya Cirica Haley, Vice Chair, Special Counsel, Texas Health and Human Services Commission
  • Larry Collmann, Treasurer, Entrepreneur
  • Mary Anne Connolly, Secretary, Founder/Chief Creative Officer, M.A.Communications
  • Doug Bain, CEO, Growtheorem Consulting
  • Ken Beck, Co-Founder, The Crossings (ret.)
  • William C. Bednar, Attorney, independent practice
  • Michael Blair, Executive VP, Sr. Creative Director GSD&M Advertising (semi-ret.)
  • Fran Collmann, CEO, TesCom, Inc.
  • Robert Harlan, Owner, Harlan Enterprises
  • Richard Hartgrove, Attorney, AT&T (ret.)
  • Hope Morgan, IT Administrator, State of Texas
  • Dan Seriff, Outreach Coordinator, Butler School of Music, University of Texas at Austin
  • David C. Smith, Founder of the Hill Country Ride for AIDS and Texas Mamma Jamma Ride
  • Marion Lear Swaybill, Media Producer & Consultant
  • Sheila Youngblood, Artist, Designer; Owner of Pozo Hondo Studios

 

Advisory Board

  • Stephen Aechternacht
  • John Aielli
  • Sue Barnes
  • Mark Bierner
  • Ray Brimble
  • David Burger
  • David Claflin
  • Tom Driscoll
  • Virginia Dupuy
  • Maydelle Fason
  • JoLynn Free
  • Billy Gammon
  • Vance George
  • Helen Hays
  • Dan Herd
  • William B. Hilgers
  • Wayne Holtzman
  • Judith Jellison
  • Bob Murphy
  • Lynn Murphy
  • Cliff Redd
  • Gayle Glass Roche
  • Nancy Scanlan
  • Angela Smith
  • Bernadette Tasher
  • Louann Temple
  • Eva Womack
Season 2012-13 Board
  • Robert J. Karli, Chair, Senior Pastor, First English Lutheran Church (ret.)
  • Larry Collmann, Treasurer, Entrepreneur
  • Mary Anne Connolly, Secretary, Founder/Chief Creative Officer, M.A.Communications
  • Doug Bain, Principal/Founder, Bain Consulting, LLC
  • Ken Beck, Co-Founder, The Crossings (ret.)
  • William C. Bednar, Attorney, independent practice
  • Fran Collmann, CEO, TesCom, Inc.
  • Patrick DeLaune, Attorney, Bowman & Brooke LLP
  • Toya Cirica Haley, Special Counsel, Texas Health and Human Services Commission
  • Robert Harlan, Owner, Harlan Enterprises
  • Richard Hartgrove, Attorney, AT&T (ret.)
  • Eric Leibrock, Realtor
  • Hope Morgan, IT Administrator, State of Texas
  • E. Stuart Phillips, Attorney, State of Texas
  • Marion Lear Swaybill, Media Producer & Consultant
  • Sheila Wojcik, Vice President Membership, University Federal Credit Union
  • Sheila Youngblood, Artist, Designer; Owner of Pozo Hondo Studios
  • In memoriam: David Clark, Vice President/Services, Sapling Systems (ret.)

 

Advisory Board

  • Stephen Aechternacht
  • John Aielli
  • Sue Barnes
  • Mark Bierner
  • Ray Brimble
  • David Burger
  • David Claflin
  • Virginia Dupuy
  • Maydelle Fason
  • JoLynn Free
  • Billy Gammon
  • Vance George
  • Helen Hays
  • Dan Herd
  • William B. Hilgers
  • Wayne Holtzman
  • Judith Jellison
  • Bob Murphy
  • Lynn Murphy
  • Gayle Glass Roche
  • Nancy Scanlan
  • Angela Smith
  • Bernadette Tasher
  • Louann Temple
  • Eva Womack
  • In memoriam: Cassandra James

Ambassadors

Conspirare Ambassadors volunteer as ushers, CD sales associates, artist hosts, and for other concert functions. We invite new volunteers who would enjoy meeting the public and contributing to Conspirare’s operations to contact House Manager Kathy Leighton to learn more.

Conspirare offers a variety of opportunities for individuals and corporations to join its musical circle through gifts of time, energy, and talent.

Concert ambassadors serve as ticket takers, ushers, and CD sellers at performances. Office volunteers work at Conspirare headquarters on special projects such as music library upkeep, archiving press clippings, and yes, stuffing envelopes. Hosting volunteers house out-of-town Conspirare singers and instrumentalists during concert series.

In October of 2018, Conspirare launched its first ever Corporate Ambassador program. Says Henry Leighton, President of CAS Consulting and Services, Inc., “CAS is so appreciative of the new Conspirare opportunity of being ‘Corporate Ambassadors.’ CAS covered the Big Sing at the new Austin Central Library and the staff are still talking about it months later. We were given the chance to combine an important team-building need with supporting a world-class organization, while letting our stodgy ‘engineer hair’ down. It was so fun, and we’ll do it again!”

Volunteer roles are assigned according to interests and skills, and training is provided as needed. Send us an email to find out how you can be a part of the circle of Conspirare.

Featured Conspirare Ambassador

Courtney Neva

“I first joined the Conspirare family as a member of the Symphonic Choir in 2015. My first performance was part of the Great Big Choruses at both the Victoria Bach Festival and the Long Center. It was an incredible introduction to the organization, and I knew instantly that Conspirare was a very special choral organization.”

I have been fortunate enough to perform with the Symphonic Choir on many occasions for the past four and a half years and have made some wonderful friendships along the way. About a year ago, the lovely Kathy Leighton made an announcement in a Symphonic Choir rehearsal that they were looking for more ambassadors. I didn’t know what serving as an ambassador entailed, but when it was explained to me that I could volunteer at a variety of Conspirare performances, enjoy those performances for free, and sincerely help an organization that I believe in and love with all my heart… there was no hesitation. I signed up immediately. In that year, I have made even more friendships, enjoyed some blissfully beautiful music made by all choirs in the Conspirare family and the community at Big Sing events, and even brought in some of my students from Dripping Springs High School to volunteer! Conspirare is changing the world and changing lives through their music and outreach, and their mission is something I deeply want to be a part of. If you’ve been considering whether or not to join as an ambassador – please do! It will be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made, and the perfect way to give back to an organization that gives the world so much.