Founded in 2020, illumine Choirs is proud to be an independent not-for-profit organization under the leadership of our Founder and Artistic Director, Nina Revering of Conspirare Youth Choirs fame. We are honored to continue to serve our community through outstanding music instruction.
illumine provides musical training for youth across the Austin region. The excellence of Nina’s direction and the talent of our singers has led to invitations to headline the Southwestern American Choral Directors Association in Oklahoma City in 2018 and to perform at both the Southwestern American Choral Directors Association in 2014 and the Texas Music Educators Association conference in 2009.
While illumine’s primary goal is to foster a lifelong love for music rather than train professional music singers, many of our students have gone on to sing at the collegiate and professional levels. From MIT to the Metropolitan Opera, our alumni build their path to success with the tools provided by illumine Choirs.
illumine Choirs seeks to grow the organization by 2025 to serve over 100 students, with a determined focus on helping those children who do not benefit from an arts or music education in their schools. We are committed to raising philanthropic gifts so that the organization can ensure no child is turned away from illumine because of cost. We are proud to have provided ten scholarships to students this year alone.
We are grateful to all of our volunteers, parents, and Board of Trustees who have carefully guided our launch during this global pandemic. Through a series of beautiful miracles, support, hard work, and grace, we kept the children singing against all odds. illumine Choirs is proud and excited to continue our legacy of song well into the future!
For illumine singers, a musical background is preferred but not required. We audition annually for each concert season of the Kantorei and Allegro choirs. There are no auditions for Prelude; singers need only submit a Teacher Recommendation Form.
About Nina Revering
illumine Founding Artistic Director Nina Revering has performed throughout the country and around the world as a soloist and chorister. She performs with the Conspirare Chamber Choir and has sung under conductors Seiji Ozawa, John Williams, Sir David Willcocks, Craig Hella Johnson, as well as Jean Ashworth-Bartle in the early years of the Toronto Children’s Chorus.
Ms. Nina received her training at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music, Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville, Kentucky, and Boston University. Ms. Nina has been selected as one of eight conductors to train in the International Symposium for Children’s Choir Directors in Toronto, Canada. She was Clinician for the Elementary Honor Choir of the Georgia Music Educators Association and led the Opera Children’s Chorus for the Crested Butte Music Festival in Colorado.
Through a partnership with Austin non-profit Recorders Without Borders, Ms. Nina traveled to Kenya, where she worked with over 500 students in 14 different schools and orphanages.