Conspirare is grateful for the many contributions of Staff, Board, and Artists.
Ann McNair email Managing Director
Scott Dinger email Development Specialist
Cynthia Griffin email Assistant to the Artistic Director
Robert Harlan email Technical Director and Stage Manager
Meri Krueger email Artist Relations
Kathy Leighton email House Manager
Ali Lewis email Conspirare Concierge
Sam Henderson email Gift Processing and Database Coordinator
Maria Nehring email Grants Manager
Jane Ramirez email Business Manager
Natalie Seeboth email Director of Development
Kendall Walshak email Production Assistant and Webmaster
There are no current openings.
There are no current internship openings.
Board of Directors
- Susanna Finnell, Interim Chair, Texas A&M University, University of Houston, academic administration. (Ret.)
- Robert Harlan, Vice Chair, Owner, Harlan Enterprises
- William G. Fivecoat, Treasurer, CPA (ret.)
- William C. Bednar, Secretary, Attorney, Independent Practice
- Camille Atkins, Business Management & Finance
- Kenneth H. Beck, Co-Founder, The Crossings (ret.)
- Marvin J. Brittman, Legal Executive (ret.)
- Carl Caricari, Founder, Caricari Consultants, Technology/Business Consultants
- Fran Collmann, Owner, TesCom (ret.)
- Mary Anne Connolly, Founder/Chief Creative Officer, MACMedia
- Carol Williams Elms, ACC (Certified Coach)
- Elliott Forrest, Broadcaster/Producer/Director/Designer, WQXR, NY
- Nancy Lesch, Health and Wellness Strategist and Consultant
- Marcus Cruz Riddles-Sanchez, Director of Marketing and Communications, Center for Health Empowerment
- Lucy Tiblier, Paralegal
- Joni Wallace, Dentist, Dr. Joni Wallace, DDS
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.
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
We are excited to introduce you to one of our most dedicated ambassadors, Linda Cameron. She first joined us as an usher at a CYC (now Illumine) concert in Spring 2019 and dedicated many hours as an usher and assisting with the library. Most recently she spent 23 hours helping compile important in-home concert attendance information! We are grateful for her vibrant and generous presence!
How did you get involved with Conspirare?
For my entire life I have loved music of all kinds, but definitely prefer classical music, especially piano and choral. The first time I attended a Conspirare Christmas Concert, I KNEW I wanted to get involved with the organization in some way. I know a couple of singers through my church and they told me about the Ambassador program. I couldn’t wait to join!
What kinds of ambassador tasks do you most enjoy doing?
Because I still work full time, I especially enjoy going into the office on my own schedule or helping with projects from home. Thanks to modern technology I can spend hours on computer projects or assemble mailings without spending time in traffic. But the best part, by far, is ushering at live concerts and it’s something that my husband & I do together. I see many of my friends and other friendly faces who attend, and enjoy the comradery with other Ambassadors. I usually come home inspired and in awe of what an accomplished group of people the Ambassador group is. We come from many places, different careers, some retired, many still working, but we all share a love of choral music.
I once ran into Craig & Philip waiting to board a plane in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport. (We both grew up in Minnesota and were visiting family.) He hadn’t previously met me, but I remember how friendly, easy going and kind he was, and, of course, we talked about music. That chance encounter has stuck with me, and it pleases me to be able to support an organization with a true gentleman at the top.
My other passion is the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for aspiring young pianists age 18-30 which is held in Fort Worth every four years. I have belonged to the Cliburn Foundation for over 20 years and spend all three weeks of the competition hearing the great composers in recitals, chamber works and symphony concerts. I also volunteer in the gift shops before concerts and at intermission. Once I was written up in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram as the volunteer who came the farthest (9,782 miles, from Singapore!).
What was your favorite song in High School?
I’ve been a Beatles junkie since 1965 when I was a junior in high school. (I’ve never forgiven my parents for NOT letting me go to their first concert in Minneapolis with my best friend – we were too poor to pay the ticket price) Even today I still play Beatles music and follow the Eggmen, a copy Beatles band. Some of my favorites were “Yesterday”, “I want to Hold your Hand”, “Hey Jude” and “Twist and Shout”. Beatles defined my generation!
Tell us about your favorite Conspirare music?
There are SO MANY favorites of Conspirare songs that I enjoy, I can’t name them all! I especially love Kathlene & Craig singing “This is to Mother You”. During the pandemic when Craig sang from home, “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, it was touching, as it is one of my longtime favorite songs.
Conspirare began the Insight Fellow program in 2019. The goals of the program are to:
• To encourage the work and possible careers of talented singers representing underrepresented populations, creating visibility for career and performance options
• To give insight to, by direct observation of, the work of professional choral artists in a ‘real world’ preparation and performance setting
• To assist young singers in establishing an initial network of professional relationships and acquaintances
• To acquaint Conspirare with the work of these singers
• Selected Insight Fellows will be paid the full Conspirare professional fee for the repertoire calendar for rehearsals and performances occurring in Austin
• Fellows will receive scores for the repertoire and are expected to prepare the music to a place of familiarity
• Fellows will observe all rehearsals, performances, and recording sessions (if any), and interact with performers in the same way as a participating performer. The Fellow will be assigned a singer to help guide them through their week.
Featured Insight Fellow
“I received a call about an idea regarding being the first Insight Fellow for Conspirare. I was immediately onboard and knew I HAD to be involved.”
Jasmine Williams is a soprano from Austin, Texas currently based in Dallas. She has performed on many occasions throughout the Austin area including serving as a chorus member of the Austin Opera as well as the featured soloist for the Austin Community College concert choir. Jasmine served as the inaugural insight fellow for Conspirare. She graduated summa cum laude and received a B.A. in Music Education from Huston-Tillotson University located in Austin, Texas. Jasmine currently studies with Dale Dietert pursuing a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance at Southern Methodist University graduating in May 2021. Jasmine volunteers her free time working as a Young Artist Program Coordinator with the non-profit Austin Artist Project. In addition, she currently teaches beginner piano and voice lessons and is the soprano section leader at her church in Dallas, Texas. When Jasmine is not singing or teaching she enjoys learning how to cook, working out, and spending time with her friends and family.
How I got involved?
Throughout HS my director introduced us to pieces composed by Craig Hella Johnson. I would also go on youtube and look up videos of Conspirare however I never really knew a lot about the organization or that it was Austin-based until about 3 years ago when I met Mela Sarajane Dailey (a member of Conspirare). I was asked if I wanted to join as a guest to sing in the choir for the Leonard Bernstein Mass. I remember attending rehearsals being so excited. Singing under Craig’s baton was an amazing experience as well as indescribable. The following year I received a call about an idea regarding being the first insight fellow for Conspirare. I was immediately onboard and knew I HAD to be involved. Every individual I came in contact with was extremely nice. They helped me to see an entire world of music I didn’t know much about and their level of professionalism was outstanding. I absolutely loved working with everyone and will never forget the experience!
Since the fellowship, I have been working on my master’s degree in voice performance at Southern Methodist University. I’ll be graduating in May 2021! Being a singer in the classical world is very competitive and tough. However, with my ambition and my ability to remain teachable, I am hopeful I’ll have a successful singing career.
Favorite song in HS?
Oh gosh!! HS was so long ago…I graduated in 2012. I listened to A LOT of different types of music during that time of my life but the songs that stand out to me the most would have to be anything on Adele’s Album “21” I listened to the album so much. She’s so good!!!