And Hunter Makes Three!

Three Tenors, that is 🙂 It is our pleasure to announce that Hunter Birkhead has joined our Inspirata family!

Hunter is a professional choral conductor, music educator, and vocalist, holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance and a Master’s in Music Education; Choral Conducting, from the University of Oklahoma.

As a conductor, Hunter has served as the Music Director of First Christian Church, (Midwest City, OK) as well as St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church (Hurst, TX). Additionally, while working on his Master’s degree, Hunter gained experience conducting the Norman Community Chorus, and has conducted the OU Combined Choirs in concert.

As a professional vocalist, Hunter has performed leading roles in operas, operettas, and oratorios, while also maintaining engagements as a professional chorister, singing with the Richard Zielinski Singers, The Orchestra of New Spain, and The Dallas Bach Society.

Hunter also has enjoyed teaching private music lessons, specializing in piano, voice, and drums.

Please give Hunter a warm welcome, we are blessed to have him with us!

Carols at Cathedral

Join us as we celebrate the Christmas season with an inspiring collection of organ music, motets and hymns! With the opportunity to sing-along to some of your favorite songs, this event is open to all ages and admission is free.

Thursday, December 19th at 8:00 pm

Cathedral Guadalupe
2215 Ross Avenue
Dallas, TX 75201

We hope to see you there!

Sacred Carols Concert at the Museum of Biblical Art

This was our first time singing at the Museum of Biblical Art and we'll definitely be back, again! The space was amazing and the artwork on display was simply breathtaking! If you haven't been there, you should definitely check it out.

Special thanks to those at the museum for their hospitality and to all our family and friends who made it out to support us!

Next stop...Cathedral Guadalupe for our "Carols at Cathedral" concert. Hope to see you there!

In Concert with Carlo Pezzimenti

In our upcoming concert, “Music for the Soul”, we will be collaborating with Carlo Pezzimenti.

Carlo is an internationally recognized guitar teacher and performer. He has served on the faculty of Texas Woman’s University since 1980, teaching guitar lessons and guitar ensemble. Since beginning his study of classical guitar in Florence, Italy at the age of thirteen, Mr. Pezzimenti has worked successfully to impart his wealth of knowledge to students, to further develop his artistry, and to share his musical philosophy with audiences around the world.

Mr. Pezzimenti attended AndrĂ©s Segovia’s “Music in Compostela” summer festivals in 1973 and 1974. While studying with the “father of the classical guitar,” he laid a strong foundation for his musical career. Mr. Pezzimenti continued his studies at Loyola University in Rome with Sergio Notaro. Later, he earned a degree in music from the prestigious Morlacchi Conservatory in Perugia, and furthered his studies with Jose Tomás in Alicante, Spain. After returning to the United States in 1974, he attended master classes with JesĂşs Silva, Oscar Ghighlia and Federico Moreno-Torroba. His private studies with Segovia continued from 1980 to 1985 during annual visits to Madrid.

Carlo Pezzimenti’s Carnegie Hall debut took place in 1982 to great acclaim. Subsequent performances included concerts with the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, and the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Pezzimenti has also performed throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America, and China. He has given live performances on the radio in Spain and the United States, appeared on the PBS television special, “Up Close,” and has been interviewed on National Public Radio’s “Latino USA.” Recent recordings on the Mapleshade Records label include Diplogenesis and The Garden of Occult Pleasures. In 2009 he traveled to Madrid and Barcelona, Spain and Perpignan, France, where he performed works by contemporary composers of the Americas including James Chenevert, Brian Clement Foreman, and Ernesto Garcia de Leon of Mexico City. Mr. Pezzimenti’s newest CD, La Guitarra de Plata, is on the Vadan Record Label, Mr. Pezzimenti also holds a faculty position at Brookhaven College in Dallas.

“Music for the Soul” Concert

Join us for our first concert of the season! In collaboration with classical guitarist, Carlo Pezzimenti, we will be performing works from Biebl, Palestrina, Stopford, and others.

Texas Woman’s University’s Little Chapel in the Woods in Denton provides the perfect setting for an evening filled with music that promises to touch your soul. Mark your calendars for October 22nd and we hope to see you there!

Meet Our Newest Alto, Katherine Cotten!

Please join us in welcoming our newest Alto, Katherine Cotten, to Inspirata!

Katherine is a Dallas resident and grew-up performing with the Children’s and Youth Chorus of Greater Dallas as well as the Dallas Opera Children’s Chorus. After graduating from JJ Pearce High School, Katherine attended Abilene Christian University to study Music Education and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music. Katherine also studied abroad with Westminster Choir College for two separate summers in vocal performance programs in both Italy and Austria.

After graduating from ACU, Katherine taught voice in RISD schools for a semester and then became a Choral Director in Abilene, Texas. Throughout the past several years, she has performed in various professional ensembles including Dallas Chorus Festival, Voci d’Amici, and Abilene Chamber Singers. Katherine currently attends SMU during the summers to receive all three levels of Kodály Certification in the Choral Track. During the school year, she is the Choir Director at Parkhill Junior High in Richardson ISD.

We are excited to have Katherine singing with us!

Welcome, Holly Howard!

We are excited to announce that Holly Howard has joined Inspirata as a Soprano!

A native of Houston, Holly is now based in Dallas, TX. She graduated from Baylor University in 2016 and studies private voice with Heather and Edward Crafts. Since graduating, she studied in Italy with Opera in Concert during the summer of 2018 and more recently, spent June 2019 with Respiro Opera in Manhattan, NYC. Frequently heard in recital, she is also a principle artist with the Dallas Classical Singers – a group of operatic soloists that perform favorite opera arias, duets and ensembles in the DFW area. This is Holly’s premiere year with Inspirata and she is very excited to share her love of early sacred music with their audience.

Please join us in welcoming Holly to the Inspirata family!

2019-2020 Season Vocal Auditions

Vocal Auditions for the 2019-2020 Season have been announced!  If you’re interested in joining Inspirata, we’d love to hear from you!  We will be holding auditions on the following days:

Sunday, Sept 1st from 3p – 5p

Sunday, Sept 8th from 3p – 5p

To schedule a time for your audition, please contact us at:

We look forward to singing with you!