The word “conspirare” derives from the Latin “con” and “spirare,” translated as “to breathe together.”
From its 1991 origins as a summer classical music festival in Austin, Texas, Conspirare has evolved into an internationally recognized, professional choral organization known for outstanding vocal artistry and innovative programming. Led by founder and artistic director Craig Hella Johnson, Conspirare comprises a professional chamber choir, a highly skilled volunteer Symphonic Choir, and an outstanding youth choir.
Conspirare’s critically acclaimed releases on the harmonia mundi label have earned multiple Grammy® nominations. Threshold of Night (2008) featured music of Tarik O’Regan and was nominated for Best Choral Performance and Best Classical Album. A Company of Voices: Conspirare in Concert (2009) was released both as a DVD and as a CD that was nominated for Best Classical Crossover Album. A third album, Requiem (2006) was originally released on Clarion Records and received Grammy® nominations for Best Choral Performance and Best Engineered Classical Album. The album was re-released by harmonia mundi in 2009 and garnered the Netherlands’ prestigious Edison Award in 2010. Cospirare’s most recent recordings are Sing Freedom! (2011), Samuel Barber: An American Romantic (2012), and The Sacred Spirit of Russia (2014).
Conspirare is consistently recognized for leadership and innovation in the choral field. In 2008, Conspirare represented the USA at the Eighth World Symposium on Choral Music in Copenhagen, joining choirs from nearly forty countries. In 2011, Conspirare gave three performances in New York City under the auspices of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute and in 2012, the choir performed at the Polyfollia Festival in France.