The Children’s Chorus of San Antonio announces the appointment of Dr. Doreen Rao as Interim Artistic Director for the 2014-2015 season, following the retirement of Founder and Artistic Director Marguerite McCormick at the end of May 2014. CCSA has focused on providing exceptional performance and education opportunities to the young people of San Antonio for 30 years and has been preparing for this transition for the past two years. Plans for Rao’s season with the organization include: opportunities for area music teachers and choral directors to work with and learn from Rao in a series of workshops and masterclasses; collaborations with YOSA, the San Antonio Symphony and other area performing arts organizations; and the opportunity for young artists from all walks and corners of San Antonio to experience Dr. Rao’s spirited leadership style and innovative programming in community-wide events.
Executive Director Anne Schelleng noted, “We are thrilled to bring Dr. Rao to San Antonio and to create fantastic opportunities for our community to engage with this leader and visionary in the choral and music education field. From our youngest artists to our peers, colleagues and audiences, it is our goal to unite our community and to lift their lives through song.”
About Doreen Rao
Dr. Doreen Rao is known for her ground-breaking work in music education and is celebrated for her spirited and moving concerts. Linking the standards of performance and education with the goals of diversity, inclusion and social responsibility, Rao’s seminal work teaching young people to sing inspired a generation of conductors and teachers to lead young choirs in schools and communities around the world. During Rao’s long association with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, she prepared the award-winning Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus (Anima) for concerts, tours and recorded performances that won four Grammy Awards and a Grand Prix du Disque under Sir Georg Solti, Margaret Hillis, Claudio Abbado, and James Levine. Rao holds the University of Toronto’s Elmer Iseler Chair in Conducting Emeritus; as Director of Choral Programs, she established and led the Faculty of Music’s Graduate Program in Conducting. Appointed Music Director and Conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus in 2008, Rao also holds the Cameron Baird Conductor’s Chair working in close collaboration with the Grammy Award winning Maestro JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Dr. Rao is currently consulting with CCSA in preparation for her term as Interim Artistic Director beginning in June 2014.
McCormick will leave a legacy of service to young people in San Antonio, starting with founding 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 conclude with an alumni reunion on May 3 and a grand final concert and celebration on May 4, 2014 in fitting tribute to their Founder. McCormick remarked, “It will be a wonderful celebration of singers past and present and will provide the perfect opportunity for our audience to enjoy the best of CCSA. This celebration offers a fitting close to my leadership of the Children’s Chorus.”
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 seven 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, South 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 YOSA, the San Antonio Symphony and the San Antonio Mastersingers among others.
For additional information on CCSA, please call 210.826.3447 or visit www.childrenschorussa.org.