New Texas Festival Records
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The New Texas Festival, founded in 1991 with Craig Hella Johnson as the Artistic Director, was born of a love for singing and a belief in vocal music's power to enrich the lives of these who experience it. Austin, Texas had long been recognized as a center for contemporary singer/songwriters talent but the organizers felt that the city was far less known for singing in the classical tradition or other more traditional genres. The Board of Directors of the Festival were responsible for fund-raising efforts, marketing and organizing the actual event. The first Festival was held in May 1993, and subsequently became a week long annual summer event in Austin. Gradually the organization began adding more events. The name of the ensemble was changed to Conspirare in 1999 to the better reflect the choir's music-making mission; it literally means, "to breathe together."
The New Texas Festival Records include meeting minutes, correspondence, bylaws, financial statements, event programs and flyers, director and committee job descriptions and marketing materials dating from 1992 through 1999 that document the formation and initial years of the New Texas Festival. The most complete materials are from the first three years of the organization. Of interest are meeting minutes and correspondence regarding the challenges of the getting a new organization started and finding committed members to serve on the Board of Directors.
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Donated by a member of the Board of Directors from 1992-1994.
New Texas Festival Records (AR.1994.101). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/1982/057
Donation Date: multiple
Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults. Additional materials added by Roger Simon in 2013.
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