Texas Commission on the Arts
Texas Touring Roster for performances from September 1, 2020-August 31, 2022

2020-2022
Texas Touring Roster

Conspirare

Conspirare

GRAMMY Award-winning Conspirare is a professional choir led by founding artistic director Craig Hella Johnson. Conspirare performs in Texas, nationally, and internationally. Conspirare performs broad repertoire, including works from the choral canon and contemporary compositions embracing a wide variety of styles. Conspirare's current touring programs include: (1) Conspirare Christmas, a seasonal program that mixes sacred and secular, traditional and contemporary, classical and pop in Craig Hella Johnson's signature 'collage' programming. Performed a cappella with a guest artist and instrumentalists. (2) Craig Hella Johnson's Considering Matthew Shepard, performed with choir, soloists, and instrumental ensemble. Conspirare also offers additional programs that vary by season. These programs may include works spanning genres, composers, and periods and are offered in conjunction with Conspirare’s season repertoire. Photo by Scott van Osdol.

contact
Ann McNair
1812 Centre Creek Drive, Suite 110
Austin, TX  78754

phone 512-476-5775
phone#2 512-481-1676
e-mail amcnair@conspirare.org
public performance/concert $22,000 - $60,000
school performance $15,000+
workshop fees included in fee
travel/per diem/lodging $10,000
website https://conspirare.org/

 

Deux, Classical Vocal Duo

Deux, Classical Vocal Duo

While Crystal and Angela have long enjoyed thriving careers as soloists, they have always genuinely preferred collaboration. Both singers are professionally based out of San Antonio, and in the fall of 2017, they made their official debut as Deux. They have appeared together in over 40 recitals and concerts throughout south Texas and beyond. They have appeared on the Artist Series at Texoma NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and have been featured artists on Texas Public Radio. Their repertoire includes a wide range of styles from the early 17th century to art song, sacred music, opera, and also contemporary commissioned works. Deux is available for formal concerts, lecture-recitals, house concerts, special events, sacred music programs, educational and community programs, master classes, and career talks to young performers. Photo by Susan Riley.

contact
Angela Malek
615 Freiling Dr.
San Antonio, TX  78213

phone 210-740-1363
phone#2 210-602-1242
e-mail deuxclassicalvocalduo@gmail.com
public performance/concert $1,000 - $4,000
school performance $600 - $900
workshop fees $500 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $1,500
website http://www.deuxofficialwebsite.com

 

Houston Boychoir

Houston Boychoir

Houston Boychoir sparks rich musical experiences throughout the city, state, and region. With a reputation for artistic excellence, Houston Boychoir is in high demand among major performing arts organizations. Boys regularly collaborate with professional ensembles such as the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Bach Society Houston, Opera in the Heights, Mercury, and more. Serving as ambassadors for their city, state, and nation, the boys perform down the street and around the world through annual concert tours across the United States, Europe, China, and South Africa. Audiences everywhere delight in the choir's ephemeral sound, charming exuberance, and professional demeanor. Houston Boychoir's musical touring repertoire is widely varied and draws on literature from all styles, languages, and periods of music history to be personalized to your event. In addition to classical, liturgical, and traditional selections, boys present folk music that spans the globe in language and origin. Our repertoire also includes contemporary compositions and Broadway hits. Photo by Kevin McGowan.

contact
Haley Bartell
PO Box 271342
Houston, TX  77277

phone 281-484-1560
phone#2
e-mail info@houstonboychoir.org
public performance/concert $1,000 - $7,000
school performance $500 - $7,000
workshop fees $1,000 - $7,000
travel/per diem/lodging $1,000 - $10,000
website https://www.houstonboychoir.org

 

Houston Grand Opera

Houston Grand Opera

Houston Grand Opera offers two touring programs serving children: Opera to Go! and Storybook Opera. Opera to Go! (OTG) delivers high-energy opera to schools, libraries, and community centers in a fully staged, 45-minute performance for grades pre-K through 8. Performances are sung in English or English/Spanish. OTG brings costumes, sets, and beautiful music to life! Shows are available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Teachers receive a study guide in advance. The 2020-21 season features a world-premiere opera, Katie: The Strongest of the Strong, which tells the true story of Kate Sandwina, a strong woman who toured with P.T. Barnum and fought for women’s rights in the early 20th century. An engaging and enjoyable introduction to opera for young children (pre-K through grade 2), Storybook Opera brings singing storytellers to schools and libraries for 30 minutes of captivating fun with opera-based books! English or bilingual programs are available on weekdays or weekends by request. Photo by Lynn Lane.

contact
Kathleen Brown
510 Preston Street
Houston, TX  77002

phone 713-546-0231
phone#2
e-mail kbrown@hgo.org
public performance/concert $75 - $1,100
school performance $75 - $1,100
travel/per diem/lodging $50 - $1,350 (per day)
website http://www.houstongrandopera.org/community-programs

 

State Artist Craig Hella Johnson

State Artist Craig Hella Johnson

Craig Hella Johnson, 2013 Texas State Musician, is known for crafting thought-provoking musical journeys that create deep connections between performers and listeners. He is the Founding Artistic Director and Conductor of the Austin-based, internationally renowned, Grammy® nominated choir Conspirare. Additionally, he serves as Music Director of Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble and Conductor Emeritus of the Victoria Bach Festival. In 1998, Johnson was Artistic Director of San Francisco-based Chanticleer and from 2000-2005 was Music Director of Houston Masterworks Chorus. Johnson is in frequent demand as a guest conductor of choral and orchestral works. He has served as guest conductor with the Austin Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Santa Fe Symphony, Chicago’s Music of the Baroque, Berkshire Choral Festival, Taipei Male Choir, Oregon Bach Festival and St. Olaf Choir. Johnson and Conspirare were awarded the 2015 Best Choral Performance Grammy® for The Sacred Spirit of Russia (Harmonia Mundi label). In June 2015 Johnson received The Michael Korn Founders Award for Development of the Professional Choral Art, Chorus America’s lifetime achievement award. Johnson received the Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal from Chorus America in 2009 and was inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame in 2008. Johnson is a Texas State University Artist in Residence and served as the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Texas in Austin from 1990 to 2001. Johnson’s compositions, arrangements, and edited scores are published by Alliance Music and as part of the Craig Hella Johnson Choral Series with G. Schirmer and Hal Leonard. He also performs as a pianist and singer in a variety of styles.

contact
Ann McNair
1812 Centre Creek Dr. Suite 110
Austin, TX  78754

phone 512-476-5775
phone#2 512-481-1676
e-mail amcnair@conspirare.org
public performance/concert $2,000 - $10,000
workshop fees $2,000 - $10,000
website http://www.craighellajohnson.com

 

Jolie Rocke

Jolie Rocke

Jolie Rocke is a Houston-based soprano whose talents have taken her from a Carnegie Weill Recital debut to European tours and Far North Queensland, Australia. Noted by the Hartford Courant as a 'gifted, versatile vocalist who’s as much at home soaring on opera arias and celestial hymns as she is getting down with funky blues and earthy jazz,' Rocke’s passion is sharing the gift of song with the world and drawing from her life experience when she performs or works with aspiring young artists. Maya Angelou noted, 'Jolie Rocke sings with such passion … and compassion!' Her passion for music and her desire to pass it on to students lead her to produce concerts, conduct master classes, direct community arts programs, and train aspiring singers as a private voice teacher and coach. Programs: Singing HERstory; Opera, Behind the Scenes!; Songs of the African American Soul; Sing, Langston!; Good News; The Science of Singing. Acclaimed as a singer and educator, Rocke was honored by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame. 'Rocke can make her queen-size instrument of a voice fit cozily and expressively in an array of soulful sounds,' as she does in her CD, Rock of Ages: Hymns for the Soul. Photo by Devon Cass.

contact
Maryland Grier
PO Box 8036
Houston, TX  77288

phone 860-888-6616
phone#2 860-573-4412
e-mail MGrier@jolierocke.com
public performance/concert $800 - $3,000
school performance $500 - $3,000
workshop fees $750 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $50 - $1,200
website https://www.jolierocke.com

 

Vocal Majority Chorus

Vocal Majority Chorus

Imagine the impact of a best-in-the-world musical act, with more than 100 singers, at your next event, an experience unlike any of your attendees have experienced. If you want to get your audience on their feet and charged up, look no further than Dallas-based Vocal Majority! Their lush, multi-layered harmonies and electrifying choreography make each performance an extraordinary experience. Their 100+ voices have inspired people for 48 years. Their diverse repertoire energizes your event with three performance-length options: a 10-15-minute event kick-off, a 45-60 minute program, or a full, two-hour performance in two acts. Vocal Majority volunteer musicians have inspired thousands since 1972. They are a nonprofit Barbershop Harmony Society chapter and 13-time International Champion Gold Medalist winner. Men of all backgrounds, ages, and walks of life perform because they love singing and touching people’s hearts. Vocal Majority has performed throughout the US, and in Canada, England, Scotland and Wales. They’ve performed in multiple cities across Texas, including Abilene, Anna, Crockett, Denton, Greenville, Kilgore, Lubbock, San Angelo, San Marcos, Tyler, Waco, and others. In 2019 they performed in Salt Lake City with Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square for the 4th time on their worldwide television and radio program Music and the Spoken Word. Photo by Andy Whalen.

contact
Nick Alexander
7383 Sandy Lake Rd.
Quinlan, TX  75474

phone 903-356-3993
phone#2 214-384-9555
e-mail ShowVP@VocalMajority.com
public performance/concert $10,000 - $15,000
school performance $3,000 - $8,000
travel/per diem/lodging $0 Local - Actual costs depending upon distance and length of stay
website https://www.VocalMajority.com

 


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