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.”

A Thirty Year Legacy

McCormick will leave a long legacy of service to young people in San Antonio, starting with founding the CCSA with 33 singers in 1983. During her tenure, singers have travelled around the country and around the globe and have made their mark on the San Antonio community. Performance milestones include several premieres, recordings and a fully staged baroque opera. The program has also blossomed into a multi-faceted organization with six performing ensembles, two neighborhood community programs and ten early-childhood classes serving almost 400 young people annually.

The 30th Anniversary season will include a recital of alumni who are now professional singers, special performances and a grand celebration in fitting tribute to their Founder. McCormick remarked “Exciting events are in the planning stages for 2013-2014, our 30th Anniversary Season. It will be a wonderful celebration of singers past and present and will provide opportunities for our audiences to enjoy the best of CCSA. This season offers a fitting close to my leadership of the Children’s Chorus.”

Re-envisioning the Future

To prepare for transition, the CCSA will implement a series of strategic actions over the next two years and ensure its programs are healthy and ready for new leadership. The CCSA has recently received a generous grant from the Lila G. and Vesey F. Taylor Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation to jump-start the process. The organization will start by conducting a series of focus groups with a broad cross-section of the community to facilitate discussion, gather data and gain valuable insight into their perception of the CCSA and the role of music in the lives of their children and students. “The San Antonio Area Foundation has made a commitment to strengthen nonprofit organizations,” said Sandie Palomo-Gonzalez, the Area Foundation’s assistant vice president of grants and programs. “We are pleased that this grant to the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio will help build a strong future for their organization while supporting arts in our community.”

About The San Antonio Area Foundation

For more than 47 years, the San Antonio Area Foundation has connected donors of all backgrounds with the causes that matter most to them, for the betterment of San Antonio and the surrounding region. The Area Foundation offers a wide range of giving opportunities and highly personalized service that bring donors and charitable organizations together for the benefit of the community. Through an exemplary managed grant and scholarship program, the San Antonio Area Foundation has distributed more than $200 million since its inception. The board, volunteers, and staff understand the issues and challenges facing our region and work together with their donors to make a lasting impact on the community.

About The Children’s Chorus of San Antonio

The CCSA was founded in 1983 with the mission to bring choral music education and performance opportunities to San Antonio’s young artists. Programs include six performing ensembles for children and youth ages 7 – 18; Music Together® with CCSA, an early-childhood music and movement program for infants and toddlers ages birth – 5 in four locations including Haven for Hope; Big Kids® for youngsters ages 5 – 7; and Project: Sing!, neighborhood-based satellite ensembles for elementary-aged children in Harlandale, San Antonio and Edgewood school districts. CCSA Singers represent San Antonio and surrounding communities, performing in a variety of concerts throughout the city. Advanced choirs have traveled nationwide with feature performances, toured Europe and Canada and have been featured on NBC-TV’s Today Show. CCSA ensembles regularly perform with the San Antonio Symphony and the San Antonio Mastersingers among others.

The CCSA is now in its 29th season and continues to provide exceptional experiences in choral music education and performance to almost 400 children and youth annually. Season highlights include an appearance with San Antonio Symphony for Liszt: Dante Symphony on March 24 and 25, a residency program in April, 2012 for all area teachers and gospel enthusiasts with Dr. Barbara Baker and a new weekly program for families and children at Haven for Hope.

For additional information on CCSA and its programs, please call 210.826.3447 or visit


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