Welcome to illumine

For fifteen years, our company of young voices has flourished as the Conspirare Youth Choirs, an educational outreach program of Conspirare, the Grammy-award winning professional choir. Now, in 2020, we are making our debut as illumine.

For boys and girls who love to sing, illumine operates as three distinct ensembles: Prelude, Kantorei and Allegro. Each utilizes a combination of music theory, sight-singing instruction, and vocal technique — in a nurturing environment where young singers can explore the depth and beauty of choral music.

Under the artistic direction of Nina Revering, illumine programs train young musicians who share a love for creating music and a commitment to excellence.

The acclaimed illumine choirs have collaborated with Austin Opera, Ballet Austin, and Christopher Cross and performed on Austin City Limits and NBC’s “Revolution.” The choirs’ broad repertoire reaches from the Renaissance to contemporary pop, comprising gospel, jazz, oratorio, art song literature, and other genres.

The acclaimed illumine choirs have collaborated with Austin Opera, Ballet Austin, and Christopher Cross, appeared on Austin City Limits and NBC’s “Revolution,” and performed as headliners at the Southwestern American Choral Directors Association conference. The choirs’ broad repertoire reaches from the Renaissance to contemporary pop, comprising gospel, jazz, oratorio, art song literature, and other genres.  

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.

Core Values

Creating beautiful sounds.

Sharing effort, discipline and compassion.

Training our voices to transcend limits, open minds, and lift spirits.

Celebrating each breath and each note, we bring joy to those around us.

Thriving as artists, we grow stronger and healthier in every area of our lives.

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.