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.
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.
About Gena Tabery
illumine Managing Director Dr. Gena Tabery is formerly an Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she also served as Director of the American Studies Program. She has been a Fulbright Fellow in China, a Fulbright Lecturer in Spain, and was named Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher at UTSA. She is the author of three books on American writer and composer Paul Bowles, the editor of Signifyin(g), Sanctifyin’and Slam Dunking: a Reader in African American Expressive Culture, and the author of Jump for Joy: Jazz, Basketball, and Black Culture in 1930s America. She is a frequent contributor to newspapers and magazines, including The Christian Science Monitor, The Christian Century, U.S.A. Today, and the Austin American-Statesman. Dr. Tabery has served on the board of Ensemble VIII, an early music vocal ensemble, for the past ten years. She is an active church musician and the mother of four boys.
About Alicia Villarreal
Alicia Villarreal is a second year graduate student pursuing her Master of Music in Choral Conducting at Texas State University. She earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Education at Arizona State University, and is a graduate of the Barrett Honors College.
Most recently, she served as the Head Choir Director at Running Brushy Middle School, where choirs under her direction received Superior ratings at UIL Contests, and students in her program were accepted into region choir ensembles. In her work as a teacher and conductor, she strives to create rehearsal spaces where all singers feel empowered, essential, and worthy. Alicia is excited to serve as the Assistant Artistic Director for Illumine Youth Choirs, and to continue working alongside these talented young musicians.