On Thursday, May 19, Conspirare, a Grammy Award-winning choir directed by Minnesota native Craig Hella Johnson, was artists-in-residence with Wayzata Concert Choir students during the students' choir rehearsal.
Conspirare is based in Austin, Texas, but comprised of singers from all over the country. They have been nominated for seven Grammy Awards and won a Grammy for Best Choral Performance in 2015. The Wayzata High School Concert Choir students were honored by this rare opportunity to sing side-by-side with professional singers. The artists performed for the students and also collaborated in side-by-side singing experiences.
Wayzata Concert Choir has a long relationship with Conspirare, having shared five performance and clinic experiences since 2002. In January of 2017, the WHS Concert Choir will travel to Texas for PBS's recording of a full-length oratorio composed by Conspirare director Craig Hella Johnson.
While in Minnesota, Conspirare also performed at the Ordway on Monday, May 16 and at St. Olaf College on Tuesday, May 17.