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







Craig Hella Johnson email Artistic Director

Ann McNair email Managing Director

Scott Dinger email Development Specialist

Rick Gabrillo email Associate Conductor

Robert Harlan email Technical Director and Stage Manager

Sam Henderson email Conspirare Concierge

Meri Krueger email Artist Relations

Jaime Leighton email Production Administrator and Webmaster

Kathy Leighton email House Manager

Ali Lewis Development Intern

Cameron Massey Production and Artistic Operations Intern

Allyson Moreno Finance Intern

Jane Ramirez email Business Manager

Christy Strange email Marketing Manager

Kendall Walshak email Production Assistant

Conspirare Youth Choirs Staff

Nina Revering email CYC Director

Gena Tabery email CYC Manager

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
  • Kenneth H. 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
  • Fran Collmann, Owner, TesCom (ret.)
  • Mary Anne Connolly, Founder/Chief Creative Officer, MACMedia
  • Susanna Finnell, Director of Admissions, Adjunct Professor of English, University of Houston (ret.)
  • Sandra 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

(Top, left to right:) Marvin Brittman, Mark Bierner, Robert Harlan, Bill Fivecoat, Mary Anne Connolly, Kenneth H. Beck, Sandra Fivecoar, Marcus Sanchez. (Bottom, left to right:) Ann McNair (Managing Director), Craig Hella Johnson (Artistic Director), Nancy Lesch, Joni Wallace, Susanna Finnell. Photo credit: Fabian Villa

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


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

Henry Leighton

“I recall the first time I experienced the wonder of a concert that combined all of the Conspirare ensembles: the Company of Voices, the Symphonic Choir, and the Conspirare Children’s Choir.”

In 2009, Kathy and I bought tickets to hear a, completely unknown to us, choir perform “Rock My Soul” in the Long Center. From the first note, Kathy, typically free with ‘live commentary’ during a concert, was disturbingly quiet … completely transfixed by the performance. As the lengthy applause faded, she promised: “I will sing with that choir one day!”. As I was reliving in my head the magical talent I had just witnessed, I was shaking my head, thinking: “Pretty bold promise …”.

Well, that bold promise turned into an audition (where she told Craig: “I’ll accompany myself, thank you.”), followed by her falling completely in love with the entire Conspirare organization, first as a volunteer, followed by becoming the Front House Manager (continuing singing all the while), and ultimately followed by me becoming Mrs. Leighton’s “designated volunteer”. The rest has been history!

Five years of “front door duty” later (and being one of Robert Harlan’s “fill in roadies” as icing on the cake), I am still excited every concert about what has remained that “magical talent”. In the ensuing years I have begun more traveling for work … Atlanta, San Francisco, Dallas, San Antonio. My company and clients have come to understand that projects, work schedules and itineraries all need to indulge this habit. With our daughter, Jaime Leighton, having joined as Conspirare Production Administrator and Webmaster in 2016, the Leighton family has truly become part of the Conspirare Family … and we would have it no other way.