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

Choirs

Staff

Board

Ambassadors

Insight Fellows

People

Staff

Craig Hella Johnson email Artistic Director

Ann McNair email Managing Director

Ellen Culver Digital Content Coordinator

Scott Dinger email Development Specialist

Rick Gabrillo email Associate Conductor

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

Current Openings

There are no current openings. 

Internship Program

Internships will resume Fall 2021

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
  • 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
  • Susanna Finnell, Director of Admissions, Adjunct Professor of English, University of Houston (ret.)
  • Sandra Fivecoat, Consultant & Executive Coach In Memoriam 
  • Elliott Forrest, Broadcaster/Producer/Director/Designer, WQXR, NY
  • Marcus Cruz Sanchez, Director of Communications and Marketing, Kind Clinic
  • Lucy Tiblier, Paralegal
  • 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

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

Julie Nielson 

“The genuine kindness from all made me want to be more involved. They are collectively a devoted bunch, and to be able to serve as Ambassador is a true pleasure.”

I find a great deal of joy in being a Conspirare Ambassador! Being connected to this musical community has helped me settle into Austin, having moved here in the fall of 2019. I had been traveling here for work over the years and finally decided to make this city my home. Conspirare has been an excellent way to experience the city and various concert venues, and a great way to meet fellow musicians.

My aunt is a devoted supporter and introduced me to the group. The first concert we attended together was at Christmastime 2019. As so many others have said before me, I was immediately hooked. The magic of the ensemble was mesmerizing, as they are every time. My aunt introduced me to Craig and several others, and the genuine kindness from all made me want to be more involved. They are collectively a devoted bunch, and to be able to serve as Ambassador is a true pleasure.

I am a fellow St. Olaf graduate with degrees in music and math. I’ve had several conversations with Oles all over the country in my role as Ambassador, and it’s fun to reminisce about college. I taught choir in high school for several years before entering the business world, opting to keep music as my hobby which makes it more thoroughly enjoyable for me. Today I sing in my church choir and fully appreciate the sense of purpose that being an Ambassador has fostered.

To learn more about our Ambassador program, click here!

Insight Fellows

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
Program Benefits:
• 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

Jasmine Williams

“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.”

About Me:

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!!!