Welcome, Texas State!
Welcome to Texas State! The Texas State University Choral Department has established itself as one of the leading choral programs in the United States The Texas State University Choral Department has established itself as one of the leading choral programs in the United States, having performed at American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) conventions, Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) conventions, and international venues including the Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing, China; Saint George’s Cathedral, Cape Town, South Africa and the Conservatory of Bratislava, Czech Republic.
Led by directors Jonathan Babcock, Lynn Brinckmeyer, and Craig Aamot, we are always striving to connect with the greater choral community! We are thrilled to be a sponsor of the Conspirare In-Home Experience!
Songs for Seasons
Welcome to Songs for Seasons! To view the video below in full screen, press the red play button, then click the square on the bottom right-hand side of the video. You can also use this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgEGQ0lAlb0.
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Meet the Artists
Meet our Featured Ambassador
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!
Eva and Marvin Womack
Music was at the center of Eva and Marvin Womack’s lives. While sheltering at home during the pandemic, classical music was always in the background on the radio or from a favorite CD. That is still true for Eva who is mourning the loss of her husband Marvin who passed away in September 2020.
Back when the couple was raising their children, now adults with children of their own, music was literally at the center of the family’s life. The Womacks lived in Cincinnati in a traditional 1920s-era home with a wide central hallway where a large antique cabinet resounded with music from the turntable and record collection housed inside.
A family favorite was Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” commemorating Russia’s victory over Napoleon’s army. The children would sit and listen to the dramatic 15-minute orchestral work with its rousing theme culminating in cannon fire, bells, and a brass fanfare.
“Music is the language of the world,” Eva Womack says. Her earliest memories of music are memorizing classical works for fourth grade music class and attending concerts with her parents at the art deco music hall at Fair Park in Dallas where she grew up. Eva sang with the choir throughout school and as an adult. “I got to sing with Craig in the mid-1990s,” she recalls with fondness.
Marvin was also a life-long music lover, playing the clarinet with orchestras and bands throughout school and college. He enjoyed hearing pieces come on the radio that he once played.
As their two children grew, Eva became involved with their public school and saw first-hand how music could help children succeed academically against great odds. “Where’s there’s music and the discipline that goes along with that, there is success,” she says.
Since they made Austin home many years ago, the Womacks felt lucky to be able to invest in Conspirare and other music and arts education programs.
“Craig is a genius,” Eva says, noting his artistic caliber as a conductor, arranger, and composer. “I love the Russian sacred music,” she adds. “It’s so haunting and comforting. We heard some Russian chanting in Moscow and it reminds me of that experience.”
“Austin is very blessed,” observes Eva. “Not many cities have so many major arts groups of such stellar quality.”
Eva Womack and her late husband Marvin shared the belief that a strong arts community—including working musicians, composers, and others—is key to a strong city. Most notably, they gave to Conspirare to underwrite a creative collaboration with the world-famous Miro Quartet. This unique production of Beethoven choral works will be the first artistic collaboration from these two local world-class music groups.
“I suspect more people are listening to classical music during these stressful times,” Eva observes. “It’s up to all of us to do all we can to invest in our vibrant arts community.”
Favorite piece to sing: Requiem, Op. 54 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Favorite Conspirare CD: The Sacred Spirit of Russia (2015 Grammy Award Winner)
Musical legacy: Marvin’s clarinet is now being played by his grandson!
Conspirare thanks the Texas State Choral Department for their support.