Austin History Center

New Texas Festival Records

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: New Texas Festival
Title: New Texas Festival Records
Inclusive Dates: 1992-1999
Abstract: The New Texas Festival was organized in 1991 to present a unique celebration of the vocal arts through entertaining and innovative concerts. The meeting minutes, correspondence, by-laws, financial statements, event programs and flyers in this collection dating from 1992 to 1999 document the early years of this organization.
Identification: AR.1994.101
Quantity: .4 linear feet (1 box)
Location: Archives stacks and qAR
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

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."

Scope and Contents

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.


The collection is arranged chronologically.


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Johnson, Craig Hella.
Roche, Gayle Glass.
Conspirare (Musical group).
New Texas Festival.
Austin (Tex.)
Choral music.

Related Material

Austin Files

  • Music Festivals - New Texas Festival/New Texas Music Works M9383 (2)
  • Music - Bands, Orchestras, Choirs, etc. - Conspirare M9300 (C)

Archives and Manuscripts

  • AR.1991.001 Performing Arts Collection

General Collection

  • A 782.009764 NE The New Texas Festival: A Celebration Of The Vocal Arts programs

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Donated by a member of the Board of Directors from 1992-1994.

Preferred Citation

New Texas Festival Records (AR.1994.101). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1982/057

Donation Date: multiple

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults. Additional materials added by Roger Simon in 2013.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Box Folder
1 1 1992
2 1993
3 1994
4 1995
5 1996
6 1997
7 1998
8 1999
Location BoxItem
qAR 043/018 The New Texas Festival: A Celebration of the Vocal Arts, May 24-30, 1993 poster, 1993