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ACMC hires executive director; Conspirare to tour in 2015

Staff Writer
Austin 360

Two bits of classical music news in today:

  • Austin Chamber Music Center has named Peter Helf as Executive Director. Michelle Schumann, who has served in both roles as artistic and executive director since 2006, will retain the role of artistic director. Helf, who has a professional background in law and accounting, started with the organization on Monday.
  • Grammy-nominted choir Conspirare received a $20,000 NEA Art Works grant to tour to five Minnesota communities in 2015. Entitled “Responses: Classic Masters, Modern Voices,” the tour will be presented in collaboration with NPR affiliate Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media. The tour will be Conspirare’s first appearance in Minnesota, Conspirare artistic director Craig Hella Johnson’s home state.