Monthly Archives: January 2012

CCSA meets The Witte on Free Tuesdays

CCSA Training ChoirsCCSA’s four training choirs will present a lively demonstration and performance in conjunction with The Witte’s Museum’s Free Tuesdays. Informance offers a unique behind-the-scenes view of the comprehensive training our young artists receive each week. Come watch artistry in action as we guide our singers down the path to excellence.

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Season Information
The CCSA is now in its 29th season and continues to provide exceptional experiences in choral music education and performance to over 400 children and youth annually. Season highlights include an appearance with San Antonio Symphony for Liszt: Dante Symphony on March 23 and 24, a residency program in April, 2012 for all area teachers and gospel enthusiasts and a new weekly program for families and children at Haven for Hope.

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Luminaria | Arts Come to Light

The CCSA is proud to be selected as an artist again this year at Luminaria – San Antonio’s 5th annual celebration of art and artists. We look forward to seeing you in the crowd on Saturday, March 10th!

About Luminaria
Luminaria is San Antonio’s annual celebration of art and artists. Held in March and overseen by San Antonio’s creative leaders, it is free of charge and showcases all art forms in an outdoor setting and inside various venues downtown.

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Sr. Madlyn Pape

Sr. Madlyn Pape, CDP, a Sister of Divine Providence, entered eternal life on January 18, 2012. Sr. Madlyn was the great-aunt to CCSA Chamber Choir singer Mark Rogers, a great musician and educator in the San Antonio community, and a valiant champion of The CCSA.

Sr. Madlyn’s long and distinguished career included MM degrees from UT-Austin and Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, teaching positions at Wadhams Hall Seminary College in Ogdensburg, NY, St. Philip’s College in San Antonio and her most-noted position as Chair of the Music Department at Our Lady of the Lake University. During her tenure at OLLU, Sr. Madlyn was the driving force behind the birth of CCSA’s Project: Sing! neighborhood choir program in 2001 and continued to carry the program forward with her creative and compassionate spirit. She also helped bring Project: Sing! into new neighborhoods in Harlandale where she was most recently serving as Assistant Director. We will miss greatly her wisdom and guidance, and her priceless good-nature and wit.

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CCSA alumna Tynan Davis sings for Marilyn Horne on Monday Jan 16th

Take two for Tynan this week! CCSA alumna Tynan Davis will appear in The Song Continues… a masterclass with celebrated mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne this evening at Weill Recital Hall in NYC. Tynan is one of four artists selected to work with Ms. Horne; click here to read additional information from Carnegie Hall on the masterclass and the series.

In celebration of her birthday in January 1994, Miss Horne launched the Marilyn Horne Foundation, dedicated to the art of the vocal recital and presentation of young singers in recital throughout the US. In July 2010, the foundation’s programs became a part of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute and continue Ms. Horne’s legacy at Carnegie Hall.

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CCSA alumna Tynan Davis in Bronx Opera’s production of ‘The Poisoned Kiss’

Ian Douglas for The New York Times

CCSA alumna Tynan Davis is appearing in The Bronx Opera’s production of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ ‘The Poisoned Kiss’. In his New York Times review, Steve Smith remarks: “And as Angelica, the maid and confidante of Tormentilla, Tynan Davis was a marvel: a stylish singer and a perky actress whose presence lighted up the stage consistently.”

Please click here to read the full review.


CCSA announces retirement of founder and plans for the future

For Immediate Release | January 12, 2012

The Children’s Chorus of San Antonio announced today that Founder and Artistic Director Marguerite McCormick will retire in May, 2014 after thirty years of dedicated service to the organization. The CCSA will celebrate its 30th Anniversary in 2013-2014 with a series of special events in addition to their full concert season. In preparation for McCormick’s retirement, the CCSA will implement a series of strategic actions over the next two years to strengthen membership and ensure the organization is meeting the needs of the community.

McCormick chose to make the announcement now so as to guarantee a successful transition. “It is vitally important that there is continuity in the program” she remarked, “and that the transition is healthy and positive for our young artists, their families and the organization as a whole.”

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