Conspirare Symphonic Choir From the British Isles with Conspirare Youth Choirs

Glasgow Cathedral, Scotland, consecrated in 1197
From the British Isles
Symphonic Choir
with Conspirare Youth Choirs
Tenors and Basses of the
Symphonic Choir
with Conspirare Kantorei and
Conspirare Children’s Choir
From the British Isles
Rick Gabrillo
Conspirare Associate Conductor
Conspirare Youth Choirs Co-Director (Kantorei)
October 8, 2011, 7:30 pm
University Presbyterian Church
Austin, Texas
Nina Revering
Conspirare Youth Choirs Co-Director
(Conspirare Children’s Choir)
Chris Oelkers
Howard Burkett, bodhrán
Alicia Denney, tambourine
Maimy Fong, piano
Andrew Parker, oboe
Gil Zilkha, baritone
Season Sustaining Underwriter
2011-2012 Season Sustaining Underwriter of CONSPIRARE
Combined Choirs
Conspirare Symphonic Choir
Rick Gabrillo, Conductor
Rick Gabrillo, Conductor
Jerusalem................................................................ Charles H. H. Parry (1848-1918)
Text by William Blake (1757-1827)
Five Mystical Songs....................................Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
Skye Boat Song................................................ Celtic folk song, arr. Lee Kesselman
Conspirare Kantorei
Love Divine................................................................. W. P. Rowlands (1860-1937)
Texts by George Herbert (1593-1633)
Text by Charles Wesley (1707-1788)
Conspirare Children’s Choir with Symphonic Choir
Gil Zilkha, baritone
I got me flowers
Love bade me welcome
The Call
Nina Revering, Conductor
Beati Quorum Via...................................................... C. V. Stanford (1852-1924)
John 14:15-17
A Celtic Tryptich....................................................................Ron Jeffers (b. 1944)
I was glad when they said unto me............ Charles H. H. Parry (1848-1918)
Text by by Frederic Weatherly (1848-1929)
Psalm 119:1
If Ye Love Me.................................................................Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
Danny Boy................................................................... Z. Randall Stroope (b. 1953)
Text by W. B. Yeats (1865-1939)
1. The Cloths of Heaven
Psalm 122:1-3, 6, 7
Two Folk-songs for Male Voices ............................. arr. John Rutter (b. 1945)
1. Down by the Sally Gardens
Text by W. B. Yeats
2. The miller of Dee
Trad. English folk song
The Drinking Song
from Sir John in Love.................................Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
Text by John Still (1543-1607)
Combined Choirs
MLK...........................................................................................U2, arr. Bob Chilcott
Jack Byrom, tenor
Mairi’s Wedding.......................Traditional Irish folk song, arr. Dave and Jean Perry
Texts & Translations
And did those feet in ancient time / Walk upon England’s mountains green?
And was the Holy Lamb of God / On England’s pleasant pastures seen?
And did the countenance divine / Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here / Among these dark satanic mills?
Bring me my bow of burning gold! / Bring me my arrows of desire!
Bring me my spear! O clouds unfold! / Bring me my chariot of fire!
I will not cease from mental fight, / Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand,
Till we have built Jerusalem / In England’s green and pleasant land.
Skye Boat Song (Celtic Folk Song)
Chorus: Speed bonnie boat like a bird on a wing,
Onward, the sailors cry;
Carry the lad that’s born to be king,
Over the sea to Skye.
1. Loud the winds howl, loud the waves roar, / Thunderclaps rend the air,
Baffled our foes stand by the shore, / Follow they will not dare.
2. Though the waves leap, soft shall ye sleep, / Ocean’s a royal bed.
Rock’d in the deep, Flora will keep / Watch o’er your weary head.
3. Many’s the lad fought on that day, / Well the claymore could wield:
When the night came, silently lay / Dead on the Culloden field.
4. Burned are our homes, exile and death / Scatter the loyal men;
Yet ere the sword cool in the sheath, / Charlie will come again, come again.
Love Divine
1. Love divine, all loves excelling, / Joy of heaven, to earth come down;
Fix in us thy humble dwelling; / All thy faithful mercies crown!
Jesus thou art all compassion, / Pure, unbounded love thou art;
Visit us with thy salvation; / Enter every trembling heart.
2. Breathe, O breathe thy loving Spirit / Into every troubled breast!
Let us all in thee inherit; / Let us find that second rest.
Take away our bent to sinning; / Alpha and Omega be;
End of faith, as its beginning, / Set our hearts at liberty.
3. Come, Almighty to deliver, / Let us all thy life receive;
Suddenly return and never, / Nevermore thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing, / Serve thee as thy hosts above,
Pray and praise thee without ceasing, / Glory in thy perfect love.
4. Finish, then, thy new creation; / Pure and spotless let us be.
Let us see thy great salvation / Perfectly restored in thee;
Changed from glory into glory, / ’Til in heaven we take our place,
’Til we cast our crowns before thee, / Lost in wonder, love, and praise.
Beati quorum via
Beati quorum via integra est
Blessed are those who go the way of integrity
Qui ambulant in lege Domini
Who walk the path of God’s law
If Ye Love Me
If ye love me, keep my commandments,
And I will pray the Father,
And he shall give you another comforter,
That he may bide with you forever,
E’en the spirit of truth.
I was glad when they said unto me
I was glad, glad when they said unto me,
We will go, we will go into the house of the Lord.
Our feet shall stand in thy gates,
O Jerusalem, our feet shall stand in thy gates.
Jerusalem is builded as a city, / That is at unity in itself.
O pray for the peace of Jerusalem, / They shall prosper that love thee.
Peace be within thy walls, / and plenteousness within thy palaces.
Five Mystical Songs
1. Easter
Rise heart; thy Lord is risen. / Sing his praise without delays,
Who takes thee by the hand, that thou likewise / With him may’st rise;
That, as his death calcined thee to dust,
His life may make thee gold, and much more, Just.
Awake, my lute, and struggle for thy part / With all thy art.
The cross taught all wood to resound his name / Who bore the same.
His stretched sinews taught all strings, what key
Is best to celebrate this most high day.
Consort both heart and lute, and twist a song / Pleasant and long:
Or since all music is but three parts vied, / And multiplied;
O let thy blessed Spirit bear a part,
And make up our defects with his sweet art.
2. I got me flowers
I got me flowers to strew thy way; / I got me boughs off many a tree:
But thou wast up by break of day, / And brought’st thy sweets along with thee.
The Sun arising in the East, / Though he give light, and the East perfume;
If they should offer to contest / With thy arising, they presume.
Can there be any day but this, / Though many suns to shine endeavour?
We count three hundred, but we miss: / There is but one, and that one ever.
3. Love bade me welcome
Love bade me welcome: yet my soul drew back, / Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack / From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning, / If I lack’d anything.
“A guest,” I answer’d, “worthy to be here:”
Love said, “You shall be he.”
“I the unkind, ungrateful? Ah, my dear,
I cannot look on thee.”
Love took my hand, and smiling did reply,
“Who made the eyes but I?”
“Truth, Lord, but I have marr’d them: let my shame
Go where it doth deserve.”
“And know you not,” says Love, “who bore the blame?”
“My dear, then I will serve.”
“You must sit down,” says Love, “and taste my meat:”
So I did sit and eat.
4. The Call (chorus tacet)
Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life:
Such a Way, as gives us breath:
Such a Truth, as ends all strife:
Such a Life, as killeth death.
Come, My Light, my Feast, my Strength:
Such a Light, as shows a feast:
Such a Feast, as mends in length:
Such a Strength, as makes his guest.
Come, my Joy, my Love, my Heart:
Such a Joy, as none can move:
Such a Love, as none can part:
Such a Heart, as joys in love.
5. Antiphon
Let all the world in every corner sing,
My God and King!
The heavens are not too high, / His praise may thither fly:
The earth is not too low, / His praises there may grow.
Let all the world in every corner sing,
My God and King!
The church with Psalms must shout. / No door can keep them out:
But above all, the heart / Must bear the longest part.
Let all the world in every corner sing,
My God and King!
Danny Boy
Ave, Ave martyr.
Pace adio fame.
Dorme fabio martyr.
Dorme martyr.
Dorme ritorno.
Danny Boy, Danny Boy / You must go and I must bide.
Sleep in peace until you come. / And I shall sleep, And I shall sleep,
Until you come to me, Danny Boy.
The pipes, the pipes are calling
From glen to glen and down the mountainside.
The summer’s gone, Danny Boy, / And all the summer’s gone.
But come ye back when summer’s in the meadow,
O Come when the valley’s hushed with snow, / And I shall sleep,
Until you come to me, Danny Boy.
It’s I’ll be here in sunshine or in shadow.
When you come, O Danny Boy.
Kneel you softly on my grave,
Danny Boy, and tell me you love me.
And I shall sleep, / Until you come to me.
The Cloths of Heaven from A Celtic Tryptich
Had I the heav’n’s embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
Two Folk-Songs for Male Voices (from the choral cycle The Sprig of Thyme)
1. Down by the sally gardens
Down by the sally gardens / My love and I did meet.
She passed the sally gardens / With little snow-white feet.
She bid me take love easy, / As the leaves grow on the tree.
But I being young and foolish, / With her did not agree.
In a field by the river / My love and I did stand.
And on my leaning shoulder / She placed her snow-white hand.
She bid me take life easy, / As grass grows on the weirs.
But I was young and foolish, / And now am full of tears.
2. The Miller of Dee
There was a jolly miller once, / Lived on the River Dee.
He danced and sang from morn till night,
No lark more blithe than he.
And this the burden of his song / Forever used to be:
‘I care for nobody, no, not I, / If nobody cares for me.
I love my mill, she is to me / Both parent, child, and wife.
I would not change my station for / Another one in life.
Then push, push, push the bowl, my boys, / And pass it round to me;
The longer we sit here and drink, / The merrier we shall be.’
Then like the miller bold and free / Let us rejoice and sing.
The days of youth were made for glee, / And time is on the wing.
This song shall pass / Around this jovial ring:
Let heart and voice and all agree / To sing ‘Long live the King!’
The Drinking Song
Back and side go bare, go bare, / Both foot and hand go cold;
But, belly, God send thee good ale enough, / Whether it be new or old.
Holly good ale and old.
I cannot eat but little meat, / My stomach is not good.
But sure I think that I can drink / With him that wears a hood.
Though I go bare, take ye no care / I am nothing a cold;
I stuff my skin so full within / Of jolly good ale and old.
Jolly good ale and old.
I love no roast but a nut-brown toast, / And a crab laid in the fire,
A little bread shall do me stead, / Much bread I not desire.
No frost nor snow, no wind, I trow, / Can hurt me if I would,
I am so wrapt, and throughly lapt / Of jolly good ale and old.
Jolly good ale and old.
Back and side go bare, go bare, / Both foot and hand go cold;
But, belly, God send thee good ale enough, / Whether it be new or old.
Holly good ale and old.
And all poor souls that have scoured black bowls, / Or have them lustily trowled,
God save the lives of them and their wives / Whether they be young or old,
Jolly good ale and old.
Back and side go bare, go bare, / Both foot and hand go cold;
But, belly, God send thee good ale enough, / Whether it be new or old.
Holly good ale and old.
Sleep, sleep tonight,
And may your dreams be realized.
If the thundercloud passes rain
So let it rain, rain down on him.
Mm, so let it be.
Mm, so let it be.
Mairi’s Wedding
Chorus: Step we lively, on we go / Heel for heel and toe for toe;
Arm in arm and on we go, / All for Mairi’s wedding.
1. Over hill-ways, up and down, / Through the forest, green and brown;
Past the fences, through the town, / All for sake of Mairi.
And Tib my wife, that as her life / Loveth well good ale to seek,
Full oft drinks she, till ye may see / The tears run down her cheek.
2. Plenty land on which to grow, / Gardens planted in a row;
Lambs to raise and seeds to sow. / That’s the toast for Mairi.
Then doth she trowl to me the bowl, / Ev’n as a malt-worm should;
And saith ‘sweetheart, I’ve take my part / Of this jolly good ale and old.’
Jolly good ale and old.
3. Eyes as bright as diamonds are, / Brighter far than any star;
Fairest of them all, by far, / Is my darling Mairi.
Now let them drink, till they nod and wink, / Even as good fellows should do;
They shall not miss to have the bliss / Good ale doth bring men to.
4. Over hill-ways, up and down, / Through the forest, green and brown;
Past the fences, through the town, / All for sake of Mairi. Hi!
by Howard Burkett © 2011
In 1916, Robert Bridges, then Poet Laureate of Great Britain, sought
a hymn text to “brace the spirit of the nation” during World War I.
He lit upon “And did those feet in ancient time” by the poet/prophet
William Blake (1757-1827). The text contrasts legends about the child
Jesus of Nazareth having visited ancient Britain with the squalor of
the early Industrial Revolution, before pivoting to a ringing challenge
to social action. Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, a close friend of
Bridges, was asked to provide a tune; he was no doubt inspired by the
poem’s imagery despite personal misgivings about the jingoistic tone of
the patriotic rally where it was to receive its premiere. It was instantly
popular and remains so today, serving as an unofficial English national
anthem under its alternate title “Jerusalem.”
Based on a Celtic folk song, “Skye Boat Song,” romanticizes the escape
of Bonnie Prince Charlie (Charles Edward Stuart, the Young Pretender)
to the Isle of Skye after his crushing defeat at Culloden (1745).
“Love divine, all loves excelling” by the prolific Rev. Charles Wesley
was explicitly modeled on John Dryden’s “Fairest isle” from King Arthur
(music by Henry Purcell). In Britain, the most popular tune for this
text is Blaenwern, by the Welsh schoolteacher and composer William
Penfro Rowlands (1860-1937), named after a farm in the composer’s
native Pembrokeshire. The last-verse descant is by James O’Donnell,
Organist of Westminster Abbey, and was written especially for the
wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Sir Charles Villiers Stanford composed his Three Latin Motets, Op 38,
of which “Beati quorum via” is the last and best-known, during his
tenure as Organist of Trinity College, Cambridge, though they weren’t
published until some time later. The motets were not originally meant
for liturgical use, but as choral entertainment during events or meals in
the Great Hall of the College.
No one knows for certain who compiled the “Wanley Partbooks,”
but they are the earliest, and in many cases only, known source for
some 90 anthems, canticles, and ritual music with English text by
musicians of Henry VIII’s and Edward VI’s Chapel Royal. Many of
these works have never (save for the brief, dark interregnum of the
Puritan Commonwealth and Protectorate) been out of the repertoire of
English cathedral choirs. “If ye love me” by Thomas Tallis is first found
in this collection, and is one of the best loved short English anthems,
remaining a virtual template for the form.
“I was glad,” on selected verses from Psalm 122, is one of the fixed
texts of the English Coronation Service, with famous settings by Henry
Purcell and William Boyce, among others. Sir Hubert Parry composed
his setting in 1902 for the coronation of Edward VII and revised it
in 1911 for the coronation of George V, bringing it substantially into
its present form. In the presence of the sovereign (and therefore not
tonight), there is an additional section of acclamations to be halfshouted, half-sung.
In 1911, the 188th meeting of the venerable Three Choirs Festival heard
the premiere of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, set to
poems drawn from the legendary The Temple: Sacred Poems and Private
Ejaculations by Caroline priest-poet George Herbert (1593-1633).
The Musical Times’ review of the premiere said, “[The words] breathe
consolation, and at times joyfulness. The music is a combination of old
and new idioms, some modal tonality imparting a certain quaintness
and naïve simplicity that had a distinct charm.” The composer himself
later adapted the work for male-voice choir.
Frederic Edward Weatherly (1848-1929) led an almost double life as a
practicing barrister and a parlor-song lyricist. He wrote the sentimental
ballad “Danny Boy” in 1910, but had little success with the song until
he later adapted its lyrics to the Irish tune “Londonderry Air.” The
respected choral clinician and composer Z. Randall Stroope was deeply
affected by the original lyric and has here provided his own setting.
Oregon-based composer/publisher Ron Jeffers set “The Cloths of
Heaven” to a poem from William Butler Yeats’ The Wind among the
Reeds. It opens A Celtic Triptych, which Jeffers composed in 1993 for
the University of Michigan Glee Club.
John Milford Rutter is one of the most fluent composer/arrangers
working in any choral idiom today. “Down by the sally gardens” is W.
B. Yeats’ distillation of an Irish ballad fragment. (“Sally gardens” means
a willow grove.) “The Miller of Dee” first appeared in Irishman Isaac
Bickerstaffe’s 1762 play Love in a Village. The melody is a variant of
the Welsh harp tune “Llydaw.” These two settings form part of Rutter’s
choral cycle The Sprig of Thyme.
The closest Ralph Vaughan Williams came to theatrical success was his
1929 Opera Sir John in Love, to a pastiche libretto by the composer
based on Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, borrowings from
other Elizabethan and Jacobean poets and playwrights, and folksong.
Vaughan Williams quickly adapted several parts of the opera into a
choral cantata, whence comes The Drinking Song. The words are
taken from an anonymous 16th century bawdy comedy.
“MLK” was the ambient-flavored final song on Irish band U2’s 1984
album The Unforgettable Fire. It became a hit and has been covered
numerous times, first by Joan Baez (on her 1988 album Recently) and
then by the King’s Singers (on their 1993 disc Good Vibrations), whence
it entered the standard a cappella repertoire.
“Mairi’s Wedding” was written in 1935 by Glasgow traditional
musician Johnny Bannerman for one Mary McNiven, who did
eventually marry a sea-captain from the Isle of Skye. The tune may or
may not be based on a traditional wedding reel from the Isle of Lewis.
The song quickly became a standard, often used for a 40-bar reel (hence
the popular alternative title “My, He’s Sweating”).
Conspirare Symphonic Choir
Rick Gabrillo, conductor
Roland Barrera
Ken Beck
Anne Bertholf
Neil Burgess
Howard Burkett
Jack Byrom
Daniel Cooper
Theodore Dresie
Kyle Fieleke
Marvin Frank
Gary Goethe
Loel Graber
Tim Hissam
Robbie LaBanca
Bill Lasher
Jon-Michael Lees
Jim Maxwell
Bev Raney
Louis Renaud
Dean Revering*
Jonathan Riemer*
Dick Rew
Tyler Speaks
John Spence
Steve White
Jim Volkema
Raymond Votolato
Daniel Arredondo II*
Klaus Bichteler
Anton Boyd
Kelly Cook
Marshall Crenshaw
Todd Deatherage
Carlos Fernandez
David Hammond
Robert Harlan*
Bruce Haufler
Bob Hayden
Jake Jacobsen*
Robert Karli
Matthew Klimek
Jack Leifer
Joe Loukotka
Tom Morrison
Will Pearson
Andrew Polk*
Gary Pyle
Steve Schwartz
Frank Shirley
Walter Stewart
Tom Morrison
Jerry Young
*Section leader
Conspirare Youth Choirs
Rick Gabrillo, conductor
Hannah Mitchel-Gevirtz
Kate Noll
Aldo Ordonez
Amanda Phares
Lucy Pickens
Asha Rao
Veronica Ruth
Shilpa Saxena
Maxfield Segrest
Stephen Shearer
Daniel Shi
Conspirare Children’s Choir
Nina Revering, conductor
Taylor Sims
Anastasia Weger
Lily Wendt
Nora Abigail Windham-Waite
Kevin Yang
Aislinn Yeidel
Corwynn Yeidel
Angela Zhang
Sarah Nehring
Chiara Alvisi
Carolyn Nuelle
Maria Alvisi
Raina Parsons
Alexandra “Lexi” Anderson
Ella Pettichord
Mary Barnett
Natalya Ponomareva
Emily Beaty
Galia Popov
Kali Bramble
Lucas Revering
Shaye Cantu
Bailey Rider
Anna Grace Carey
Brittany Paige Roach
Marielle Catolos
Gabrielle Sanchez
Caitlyn Diehl
Irene Smith
Clare Edgar
Libby Smith
Valeria Aimee Elizondo
Anne Marie Stapper
Jonna Hardy
Elizabeth Stapper
Reilly Havranek
Maria Tangarova
Sarah Hollis
Lucy Tiblier
Sophie Levy
Elena Sophia Villalon
Sophie Lillis
Seren Villwock
Conspirare has the privilege of performing in a variety of beautiful
venues. We seek out acoustical and aesthetic environments that can best
enhance choral performances and we are deeply grateful to our hosts.
While our performing venues may represent specific traditions and the
texts of some of our repertoire may also be representative of specific
traditions, it is in no way intended to be exclusive of any individual
whose experience or set of beliefs is not represented.
Shelby Luikart
Madison Whitesides
Olivia Martens
Alyssa Wixson
Conspirare respects and celebrates the great diversity of religious,
artistic, and human experiences represented among our singers and
audience members. Our shared musical experiences are intended to
bring us together as we all seek to be inspired by the power of great
choral music. The audience creates the space in which the music is held.
Sesha Desai McMinn
Andrew Buller
Colman Butler
Avery Davis
Samantha DeVoll
Elizabeth Driggers
Sam Dubin
Isabel Elizondo
Matthew Flinchbaugh
Ainsley Clarice Gamble
Isabella Grossling
Olivia Isabella Hansen
Sarah Kennedy Helmbrecht
Abigail Johnson
Elisabeth A. Klein
Eva Rose Lynch
Juliana Marshall
Amy McPherson
Performing Note
Conspirare Youth Choirs
Gabriel Martin
Kay McAnally
Julia McDonald
Deanna Melder
About Conspirare
collaborates frequently with other major arts organizations such as the Austin
Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Austin, and Victoria Bach Festival. Symphonic
Choir members participate regularly in Conspirare outreach programs and
serve as singing hosts for Conspirare’s popular Big Sings. The choir has won
several Austin Critics Table Awards, most recently for performances of Verdi’s
Requiem in 2008 and Cary Ratcliff’s Ode to Common Things with the Austin
Symphony in 2009.
The Conspirare Youth Choirs (CYC) were formed in 2005 as the educational
outreach program of Conspirare. The Youth Choirs seek and train young
musicians who share a love and commitment for creating music at a high level
of excellence. The CYC is comprised of two ensembles, Conspirare Kantorei
and Conspirare Children’s Choir. Both ensembles utilize a combination
of rigorous vocal, music theory, and sight-singing instruction to provide a
nurturing environment in which a young singer can explore the depth and
beauty of choral music. Public performances are given throughout the year,
and both ensembles participate in state and national tours The word “conspirare” derives from the Latin “con” and “spirare”
translated as “to breathe together.”
Founded in 1991 to present a summer classical music festival in Austin, Texas,
Conspirare has grown to become an internationally recognized, professional
choral organization. Led by founder and artistic director Craig Hella Johnson,
Conspirare is comprised of two performing ensembles and an educational
program. A professional chamber choir (“Conspirare” or “Company of
Voices”) of extraordinarily talented singers from around the country is
presented in an annual concert series in Austin, other Texas communities,
and locations in the U.S. and abroad. The Conspirare Symphonic Choir of
both professional and volunteer singers performs one or more large choral/
orchestral works annually. The Conspirare Youth Choirs is an educational
program for singers ages 8-16.
In 2005 Conspirare received the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral
Excellence, given by national service organization Chorus America. In
2007, as one of the select choral organizations to receive a grant from the
National Endowment for the Arts under its American Masterpieces initiative,
Conspirare presented a four-day festival that featured a distinguished
gathering of composers and conductors, performances of three world
premieres, and a gala closing concert with a choir of 600 singers. In July 2008
Conspirare/Company of Voices represented the United States at the Eighth
World Symposium on Choral Music in Copenhagen, joining invited choirs
from nearly forty countries. In February 2010, Company of Voices was an
invited, featured choir at the annual convention of the American Choral
Directors Association/Eastern Division in Philadelphia. Conspirare received
the 2010 Dale Warland Singers Commission Award from Chorus America to
support the commission of a new work by Seattle composer Eric Banks. In
February 2011, Company of Voices gave three invited performances in New
York City under auspices of the Weill Music Institute of Carnegie Hall.
The Conspirare Symphonic Choir, established in 2000, is an auditioned,
hundred-voice chorus of both professional and volunteer singers. Most reside
in the Austin area, though several commute to rehearsals and performances
from as far away as the Hill Country, San Antonio, and Victoria. All are
highly skilled singers with significant previous choral experience, and as
collaborative artists, they sing the great choral masterworks with orchestra
as well as new works for voices and instruments. The Symphonic Choir
performs in Austin and other cities as part of the Conspirare season, and
About the Conductors
Rick Gabrillo is currently the Assistant
Conductor for Craig Hella Johnson and
Conspirare, the Co-Director of Conspirare Youth
Choirs, and the Choir Director of the Traditional
Choir at St. Louis Catholic Church in Austin.
Most recently, he has accepted the position of
Choral Director at St. Stephen’s Epsicopal School
in Austin for 2011-2012.
Active in the choral music education field throughout Texas, he is in
frequent demand as an adjudicator and clinician for regions across the
state. Mr. Gabrillo was selected to be a co-presenter of a workshop
on music literacy at the 2009 Texas Music Educators Association
Convention in San Antonio, and he presented a workshop on children’s
choirs at the 2010 Eastern Division American Choral Directors
Association Convention in Philadelphia. He was selected to be a
Conducting Fellow for the Chorus America Conducting Masterclass in
January 2010 with the Houston Chamber Choir.
After attending the New England Conservatory of Music and
Boston University, Mr. Gabrillo completed his undergraduate and
masters degrees in choral music education and choral conducting
at the University of Texas at Austin in 1996 and 1999 under Craig
Hella Johnson.
He was the choral director at Clint Small Middle School in Austin
from 1999-2005. During his time at Clint Small Middle School, Mr.
Gabrillo was selected as the 2003 2004 CSMS Teacher of the Year, and
he was a finalist for the 2004 Austin ISD Middle School Teacher of the
Year. From 2002 to 2005, he served as the Region 18 Middle School
Vocal Coordinator and UIL Contest Chair, which served the greater
Austin area. In 2005, the Clint Small Middle School Concert Choir
was selected to perform for the Texas Music Educators Association
Convention in San Antonio. Mr. Gabrillo is a member of TMEA,
Nina Revering. Ms. Revering’s choral music
experience began at an early age. While growing
up in Brazil, she performed in the Coro Infantil
do Teatro Municipal under the direction of Elsa
Lakschevitz. After moving to Canada, she joined
the Toronto Children’s Chorus, directed by Jean
Ashworth-Bartle, and performed with noted
directors Andrew Davis and Sir David Willcocks.
Ms. Revering’s musical training included six
years of study in Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of
Music in baroque recorder as well as piano. Ms. Revering’s educational
background includes work at the Youth Performing Arts School, and
Boston University. She studied baroque recorder with John Tyson of
the New England Conservatory and performed with the Tanglewood
Festival Chorus under conductors Seiji Ozawa, John Williams, and
John Oliver.
Nina Revering has performed widely as a soloist and chorister
throughout the region and around the country. Soloist at St. Mary’s
Cathedral from 1994-1997, she was also Victoria Bach Festival’s New
Young Artist in 1994. Ms. Revering has been a member of Conspirare
since 1995 and was a soloist in the Grammy-nominated Requiem
CD, as well as the Threshold of Night CD, recently released under the
Harmonia Mundi label.
Ms. Revering taught music in Eanes schools from 1996-2003 and
recently returned to the elementary music classroom. A frequent
clinician, guest conductor, and vocal adjudicator around the state
of Texas, Nina Revering was one of eight conductors selected for
participation in the International Symposium for Children’s Choir
Directors held in Toronto, Canada in May 2005. She co-presented a
workshop with Rick Gabrillo on children’s choirs at the 2010 Eastern
Division American Choral Directors Association Convention in
Philadelphia. Professional affiliations include ACDA and TMEA.
Board of Directors
Robert J. Karli, Chair
David Clark, Vice Chair
Larry Collmann, Treasurer
Mary Stephenson, Secretary
Ken Beck
William C. Bednar
Fran Collmann
Mary Anne Connolly
Patrick L. DeLaune
Tom Driscoll
Toya Cirica Haley
Robert Harlan
Lou Ann Lasher
Eric Leibrock
Hope Morgan
Louise Morse
E. Stuart Phillips
Rebecca Powers
Hon. Bea Ann Smith
Marion Lear Swaybill
Catherine Wildermuth
Sheila Wojcik
Sheila Youngblood
Artistic &
Craig Hella Johnson
Artistic Director
Ann Hume Wilson
Executive Director
Katie Apple
Special Projects Coordinator
Tamara Blanken
Online Services Manager
Watch for the release of
Samuel Barber: American
Romantic on CD in Fall 2012!
Conspirare’s professional chamber choir recently returned to Sauder Hall in Goshen, Indiana,
to record Samuel Barber: American Romantic for release next fall on the Harmonia Mundi label,
marking our fifth collaboration with this distinguished international record company.
Recordings allow us to share Conspirare’s unforgettable artistry with a worldwide audience, and to
create a permanent record for future generations of music lovers.
This recording of Samuel Barber: American Romantic is lovingly dedicated to Fran Collmann in
recognition of her twelve years of service as Chair of Conspirare’s board of directors. We acknowledge
with gratitude the following patrons whose support has helped make this project possible.
Honorary Producers
Melissa J. Eddy
Communications & Grants Manager
Rick Gabrillo
Associate Conductor, Production Manager
Director, Conspirare Youth Choirs
Advisory Board
Wravan Godsoe
Office Manager
Stephen Aechternacht
John Aielli
Sue Barnes
Mark Bierner
Ray Brimble
David Burger
David Claflin
Virginia Dupuy
Maydelle Fason
JoLynn Free
Billy Gammon
Vance George
Helen Hays
Dan Herd
William B. Hilgers
Wayne Holtzman
Cassandra James
Judith Jellison
Bob Murphy
Lynn Murphy
Gayle Glass Roche
Nancy Scanlan
Angela Smith
Louann Temple
Eva Womack
David Hammond
Director of Patron Relations
Collmann Family
David and Nathasha Collmann • Dean & Gwen Collmann • Larry Collmann • Karen Kibler & Tom
Grimes • Ruth & Bob McGregor • Debe & Kevin McKeand • Dennis & Julie Van Roekel
Marie Van Roekel • Joyce Zehr & Marvin Burke
Crutch and Danna Crutchfield
The Kodosky Foundation
Sheila and Ryan Youngblood
Robert Harlan
Production Coordinator
Meri Krueger
Artist Relations
Kristie McCune
Business Manager
Ann McNair
Assistant to the Artistic Director
Nina Revering
Director, Conspirare Youth Choirs
Nicki Turman
House Manager
Robin Kate Turman
CYC Administrative Manager
Joe and Cynthia Cain
David and Catherine Clark
Robert and Trish Karli
Eric Leibrock and Ellen Justice
Max and Gene Alice Sherman
Catherine and David Wildermuth
Jeanie and Bill Wyatt
Katie Apple
Tamara Blanken
Robert and Pat Brueck
Joe and Cynthia Cain
Mary Anne Connolly
Wravan Godsoe and Paul Baker
Gwen Flory
Toya Cirica Haley
David and Karon Hammond
Kristie McCune
Craig Hella Johnson and Phil Overbaugh
Robert and Trish Karli
Lou Ann and Bill Lasher
Eric Leibrock and Ellen Justice
Louise Morse
E. Stuart Phillips
Rebecca & Phil Powers
Max and Gene Alice Sherman
The Honorable Bea Ann Smith
Mary Stephenson and David Minter
Bernadette Tasher
Catherine and David Wildermuth
Evan and Ann Hume Wilson
The Still Water Foundation has generously offered a challenge grant of $75,000 to support a Fund for
Artistic Innovation. If you would like to help match this challenge to provide for ongoing excellence in
our commissions, recordings and other innovative projects, please contact Ann Hume Wilson, executive
director, at 512-476-5775 or [email protected]
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educational and outreach programs, including the Conspirare Youth Choirs.
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Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Thank you for your generous support of Conspirare.
Gifts to Conspirare provide financial support for concerts, recordings, educational
programs, and outreach activities. The following roster of donors includes cash
and in-kind gifts received from individuals, family and private foundations,
businesses, and government agencies between August 1, 2010 and September 9,
2011. We express our gratitude to each and every one of our donors.
Maestro Circle
City of Austin Cultural Arts Division
Fran & Larry Collmann
The Kodosky Foundation
The Mattsson-McHale Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
South Texas Money Management
Still Water Foundation
Sheila & Ryan Youngblood
Impresario Circle
Crutch & Danna Crutchfield
Robert & Lara Harlan
Jeff & Gail Kodosky
Wendi & Brian Kushner
Eric Leibrock & Ellen Justice
Gayle Glass Roche & Mike Roche
Marc & Carolyn Seriff
Texas Commission on the Arts
Benefactor Circle
Jeri DeAngelis
Robert & Trish Karli
Louise N. Reeser
Tescom, Inc.
Catherine & David Wildermuth
Platinum Baton Circle
Ken & Joyce Beck
William C. Bednar & Flo Ann Randle
David & Catherine Clark
Helen & Bob Hays
Lou Ann & Bill Lasher
Joyce Mayer
Louise Morse
Russell Hill Rogers Fund for the Arts
The Honorable Bea Ann Smith
The Rachael & Ben F. Vaughan Foundation
Bill & Jeanie Wyatt
Golden Baton Circle
Aha Communications
Robert & Pat Brueck
David & Janis Claflin
Dean & Gwen Collmann
Mary Anne Connolly
Jerry Craft
William R. Dickson
Thomas Driscoll & Nancy Quinn
The Fetzer Institute
Mary Nell Frucella
Toya Cirica Haley
Cynthia Keever
Joan & Tom Kobayashi
Karen & Paul Leeke
Hope Morgan & Mike Taborn
Jerele & Elizabeth Neeld
Rebecca & Phil Powers
E. Stuart Phillips
Scott & Pam Reichardt
William Schleuse & Virginia McDermott
John & Suzanne Shore
Mary Stephenson & David Minter
Susanne Tetzlaff & Eric Tiblier
Silver Baton Circle
Anonymous (3)
Sandi Aitken
Doug Bain
Becky Beaver & John Duncan
Ann & Jeff Bomer
Jack Brannon & Brian Miller
Ray & Karen Brimble
Dan Bullock & Annette Carlozzi
Dr. & Mrs. Paul Burns
Ernest & Sarah Butler
Joe & Cynthia Cain
Pablo Cardenas
Robert F. Dailey
Virginia & Robert Dupuy
Lot Ensey
Rev. Dr. Ann Fields
R. John & Susan Fox
Billy & Regan Gammon
Gateway Music Festivals & Tours
Susan Gatlin
Steve Gilbert
Gerre & Judith Hancock
in honor of Craig Hella Johnson
Robert & Lara Harlan
Richard Hartgrove & Gary Cooper
Hornaday Design
Michael & Jeanne Klein
Timothy Koock
Angie & Steve Larned
Kati Lewis
Thomas Lukens
Sheila Lummis
Milton D. Miller II
Linda Monk
Paul Mowry
Bob & Lynn Murphy
William Nemir
Carlisle Pearson
Linda & Robert Ramsey
Dick & Lynn Rew
Andy & Sally Ritch
Nancy Scanlan
Peter Schram & Harry Ullmann
Max & Gene Alice Sherman
Angela & Charles Smith
David C. Smith
in honor of Craig Hella Johnson
Dr. Anna Sorensen & Mr. Don Sorensen
Marion Lear Swaybill
Bernadette Tasher
Ben & Daphne Vaughan
Ann Hume Wilson & Evan Wilson
Marc Winkleman
Eva & Marvin Womack
Linda Aaker
Maureen Alexander
Eva King Andries
Robert & Patricia Ayres
Anne Bertholf
Klaus Bichteler
in honor of Mary Parse
Bill Krumpack & Amelia Bullock
Chris & J. Dennis Cavner
Jo Anne Christian
Jennifer Clark
James & Debbie Dunn
Melissa Eddy & Tracy Schiemenz
Mary Margaret Farabee
Sam & Maydelle Fason
Daniel Finch
Susanna & Richard Finnell
Cheryl Fuller
Tom & Kathy Cody Gallaway
Barbara Gibbs & John Driggers
Balie & Beverly Griffith
Milton Guiberteau
in honor of Claire Korioth
Walter & Ann Herbst
Jane Hilfer
Morgan Hunter
Diane Ireson
Morris & Marge Johnson
Mary M. Kevorkian
Eva & Chris Laskaris
Lawrence Lawver
Mary Ann Lees
Mark & Lauren Levy
Emily Little
Manuel & Anne Martinez
Phil & Sue Maxwell
Debe & Kevin McKeand
Ivan Milman & Janie Keys
Suzanne Mitchell
Janis Monger
Susan Negley
Douglas Nelson
Leslie Oster & Daniel Rodriguez
Dan Peterson
Forrest Preece & Linda Ball
Caren Prothro
K.C. Ptomey
Joanne & Jerome Ravel
Daniel Ray & Ellen Gould
Smith & Sandra Ray
Louis Renaud
Dan & Kimberly Renner
Hamilton & Joanne Richards
Jack & Susan Robertson
Michal Rosenberger
Carole & Charles Sikes
Henley Sims
Julie & Shawn Smith
Michael & Virginia Smith
James Stolpa
Connee & Kent Sullivan
Virgil & LaFern Swift
Lois VanLaningham
Cynthia L. & Thomas Walsh
Suzanne M. Mitchell & Richard A. Zansitis
Dr. Jacque Angerstein
Robert & Margaret Ayres
Cindy Behling
Ola Bell
Leah Billingsley
Pat Fatter Black
Grace Blair
in honor of Craig Hella Johnson
Nancy Bowman
Peggy Brunner
Richard Campbell
Nathaniel & Elizabeth Chapin
David & Nathasha Collmann
Fran & Larry Collmann
in memory of Philip J. Overbaugh
Eleanor Crary
Eric & Lisa Craven
Cina Crisara
in honor of Deborah Rupp
Stuart & Paula Damore
Patrick DeLaune & Sadaf Khan
Dorothy Drummer & Greg Eden
Rena & Richard D’Souza
Susan Duncan
in honor of Sara Ann & Milton Duncan
Sandy Dunn & Paul Harford
Barbara Durham
Cliff & Martha Ernst
Susan Nash Fekety
Patricia & Fred Florence
Gwen & Bruce Flory
Mary Anne Flournoy
William & Marlene Glade
Glenda Goehrs
Dolly Gray-Bussard
in honor of Wendi & Brian Kushner
Carolyn Harris-Hynson
Melissa Huebsch
Craig Hella Johnson & Phil Overbaugh
Tom Grimes & Karen Kibler
David Kendrick
Greg & Cynthia Kozmetsky
Dina Kuntz
Bonnie & Sidney Lanier
Jon-Michael Lees
Nora Lieberman
Thomas & Alaire Lowry
Sheila Lummis
in honor of Craig Hella Johnson & Phil Overbaugh
Vance McMahan
Lynn & Tom Meredith
Ann Moody
Evan Morgan
Cynthia Norvell
Michael & Candace Partridge
Jim & Nicole Pizzitola
Randalls Randalls
Amy Randolph
Bev & Milbrey Raney
Daniel Renner
Lindsay & Joan Sharpe
Kay Sheffield
Cord & Anne Shiflet
Kirk Smith
Sandra Smith
Michael & Carol Stehling
Mrs. Louis Stumberg
Carol Taxis & Mary Matus
Martha Faye Terry
Bruce Todd & Elizabeth Christian
Don Trapp
Susan Trautmann
Erich Vollmer
in honor of Wendi & Brian Kushner
Mary Smith & Walter Stewart
Steffen & Elisabeth Waltz
in honor of Wendi & Brian Kushner
Ben Wear
Doreen Wheeler
Bill Wood & Elsa Vorwerk
WR Starkey Mortgage, LLP
Anonymous (3)
Stephen & Claudia Aechternacht
Irene Eibenstein Alvisi & Lorenzo Alvisi
Ernest & Jeanette Auerbach
Patti Austin
Bob & Marcia Bailey
Ross & Kristin Bassinger
Steven Beebe
Dr. & Mrs. Craig & Holly Berent
Bill & Carolyn Bingham
Dawn & Dusty Black
Karen Blizzard
Wendy Bloom
Floyd Brandt
Roslyn & Sean Breen
in honor of James Patterson
Dr. Billye Brown
George Brown
David Burger
James Campbell
Julie Carterson
Harvey Caughey
Tom & Marsha Caven
Ann Clark
Rebecca Clark
Michael & Kathryn Coffey
Mary Anne Connolly
in honor of Col. & Mrs. John M. Connolly, Jr.
Ralph Coonrad
Cheryl & Eric Cosway
Marie Crane
Karel Dahmen
Richard Davis
in honor of Charles Hill
Kay Delcher
Lory & Fred Denson
Robin & Karl Dent
Nina Di Leo
Charles Dickerson
Jerry & Shar Diercks
Susan Doering & Dieter Wulfhorst
in honor of Vivian N. & Joseph J. Doering
Sharon Duboise
Paul & Patricia Durham
Sally Estes
Jill B. Fatzer
Juli Fellows
in honor of Sylvia Gallo
John & Barbara Fibiger
Laura Fielder
Robert & Anneliese Geis
Karen & Bill Gernstein
Eliza Gilkyson
Wravan Godsoe & Paul Baker
Kathryn Govier
Loel Graber
Lawrence & Jane Graham
Gary Greenblum
Nan & Loyd Hampton
Harmonium Choral Society
David & Martha Harrington
Leroy & Karen Haverlah
Zhongli & Wendy He
Lewis Hoffacker
Dr. & Mrs. Wayne Holtzman
Jeffrey Hudson & Robert Blodgett
Lauren Hughes
Bobby & Nancy Inman
Todd Jermstad
in honor of Robert Karli
Elizabeth & Gregory
Julie Keim
Marguerite & Hugh Kelly
Elinor Kliewer
Kathryn & Don Lougheed
Cynthia Lux
Mike & Sue Maine
Jennifer Martens
Mary Matus
Bradley & Elizabeth Maxim
Karen McLaughlin
Connie McMillan
John & Elizabeth Hansing Moon
Nancy Moore
Sean & Beverly Moore
Luis Morales
Chip & Janice Morris
Fran & Steven Moss
Diana Mullin
in honor of Deborah Rupp
Neil & Maria Nehring
Arthur & Beth Nelkin
in honor of Charles & Jeanne Graves
Tom & Mary Sue Koontz Nelson
in honor of Nina DiLeo
Hilary Olson
Richard Orton
Margaret H. Overbaugh
Thomas Overbaugh
Graydon Parrish
Jim & Joyce Parrish
Cathie Parsley
Brittan Pasloske & Mary Lea McAnally
Homer Payne
Ann Phipps & Michael Cannatti
William Pickens & Lindsey Falconer
Ponomarev Family
Karen Pope
Anne Praderas & Tony Vance
Gary & Cheryl Pyle
Robert & Deirdre Ragan
Aimee & Greg Randle
Flo Ann Randle
Manohar Rao
Rose Ann Reeser
in honor of Louise Reeser
Nina & Dean Revering
Ellen W. Rienstra
Leilani Rose
Cynthia Ruff
Deborah Rupp
Paul Rutz
in honor of Harold & Viola Rutz
Donna & Christy Salinas
Judy Sargent
Dennis Schaffer
Pete & Frances Schenkkan
Paul Schraider
Claudia & Thomas Schurr
David Schwarz
April Schweighart
Marilyn Sharratt
Mary Simon
Donald Skirvin
Jeffrey Smith
John & Bess Sommer
Jim Sotiros
John & Janice Spence
Don & Nancy Spencer
Bryan & Cindy Sperry
Barbara & Bruce Stevenson
Virginia Stotts
Robert & Eileen Sudela
Rose & Joe Sullivan
George & Nancy Sutton
Rosera Tateosian
John Taylor & Peter Flagg Maxson
Meredith Thomas & Walter Stroup
John Uglum
Marie Van Roekel
Cynthia & Mark Vanderberg
Charles Vann
Fred & Shirley Viehweg
Karla & Augusto Villalon
Jeannette G. Walker
in honor of Carolyn Harris-Hynson
Sandra Waycott & James Phares
Robbie Webb
Jay & Glaucia Vasconcelos Wilkey
Roselyn Witherspoon
Conspirare also thanks all donors of gifts under
$100 and regrets that space does not permit the
listing of each name. Your support is equally
We strive to publish an accurate donor list. If an
error or omission is noticed, please let us know.
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Austin American Statesman
Austin Chronicle
Austin Woman Magazine
Blanton Museum of Art
Howard Burkett
Julie Carterson
Conspirare Production Team - Anton Boyd, Robert Harlan, Ann McNair
CYC Parents and Volunteers
Dale Elmshaeuser
First Presbyterian Church - James Brown, Jane Basset
James Elrod
Michelle Fisher
Helen Hays
Jeanne Henry
Hornaday Design
Rod Howard
Virginia Hyde
Long Center for the Performing Arts
Debbie Meleski
Christopher Novosad,
Karen Sachar Photography
South Texas Money Management – Jeanie Wyatt, Josie Dorris
Linda Templin
TesCom, Inc.
Texas Performing Arts at UT-Austin
Veryan and Greg Thompson
University Presbyterian Church
Lois Vanlaningham
Victoria Bach Festival – Nina Di Leo
Dana Wixson and all the parent uniform volunteers
Coming Up!
Conspirare Symphonic Choir Women
with Austin Symphony Orchestra
Holst The Planets, Debussy Nocturnes
October 14-15
Big Sing (where the audience is the choir!)
Sing along with Craig Hella Johnson and Conspirare Symphonic Choir
Thursday, November 17, 6:00 pm FREE
First Baptist Church, 901 Trinity St.
Conspirare Christmas
December 2 in San Antonio, December 3-4 at The Carillon on Exposition,
December 5 at the Long Center
Conspirare Youth Choirs
Holiday Concert “This Endris Night”
December 9-10 at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church
Details and ticket information at
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