The Ensembles: Prelude, Kantorei & Allegro

Exploring the beauty and artistry of choral music in a disciplined and nurturing environment is what we do at CYC!

Founded in 2005, Conspirare Youth Choirs (CYC) is the educational outreach program of Grammy®-winning Conspirare, a professional ensemble of adult singers led by Craig Hella Johnson. CYC offers a comprehensive treble choir program for boys and girls, ages 7-18, comprised of three ensembles.

Conspirare Youth Choirs is committed to:

  • Teaching the highest quality choral literature and vocal technique
  • Development of the young musician through sight-singing and music theory instruction
  • Presenting inspiring performances
  • Creating an environment where the children of Austin can grow together in their love of music and singing
  • Molding a group of singers that represent the diversity and beauty of our city

The CYC concert season follows the academic year from August to May, and our program is comprised of three choirs:

PRELUDE (ages 7-9)

This season we are introducing a new ensemble for 2nd and 3rd graders, offering instruction in vocal technique, music theory and sight-singing in the same beautiful tradition of our family of ensembles. Led by director Nina Revering. Requires recommendation by a music teacher.

Prelude Rehearsals:
Tuesdays*, 5 pm-6: 30 pm, from August to May
+ First Monday of each month, 6-7pm, with Kantorei and Allegro singers
Tarrytown United Methodist Church, Austin
* Additional rehearsals may be called in preparation for special events.

KANTOREI (ages 9-13)

Kantorei is the entry-level ensemble of CYC, and singers have beginning to intermediate vocal skill and experience. Focusing on the development of the whole vocalist, this ensemble provides singers with a strong background in choral ensemble experience, small group vocal coaching, music theory, history, sight-singing, and use of the International Phonetic Alphabet (I.P.A.). Kantorei performs repertoire in unison and 2-part harmony, including a cappella and accompanied choral music in English and foreign languages.

Kantorei Rehearsals:
Mondays*, 5pm-7pm, from August to May
Tarrytown United Methodist Church
* Additional rehearsals may be called in preparation for special events.

ALLEGRO (ages 11-18)

Allegro is an ensemble of singers with intermediate to advanced choral skill and experience. This ensemble focuses on the development of the vocalist at a very high level of performance. Singers are expected to have strong fundamentals in vocal technique, sight-singing, music theory, and history, and familiarity with I.P.A.  Allegro prepares and performs repertoire in unison, 2, 3, and 4-part harmony in English and a variety of foreign languages.

Allegro Rehearsals:
Mondays and some Thursdays*, 6:30 pm-8: 30 pm, from August to May
Tarrytown United Methodist Church
* Additional rehearsals may be called in preparation for special events.

CYC Events Calendar

For the most current CYC Events Calendar listing rehearsal dates and performances, please click here.

Recommended Course of Study

For new singers in the 2nd and 3rd grades, ages 7-9, we require a recommendation from a music teacher (required recommendation form).

For new singers, ages 9-13, we recommend membership in Kantorei for one to three years, after which we encourage their continued study with CYC by auditioning for Allegro.

For new singers, ages 13-18, with moderate to extensive choral/solo singing experience, initial membership in Allegro will be considered.

CYC singers begin their music theory study in “A Young Singer’s Journey,” Level 1 or 2. Each level takes one year to complete, and singers typically advance to the next theory level in the following year. There are currently six levels in this theory program.