Tom C. Clark High School
College: University of Texas at Austin
“CCSA has been extraordinary for me in the development of myself as a person. Choir hasn’t just been an activity that I’ve participated in; it’s become a part of who I am, from the discipline and attention to detail, to the indescribable bonds that are only created when making beautiful music. Half of my life has been spent singing in this choir and has thus assisted in accessing a part of myself that could not have been accessed were it not for this children’s chorus. I’ve also gotten to witness the transformation of the choir across nine years as it developed with me. I’ve seen old and new techniques and have gotten to take advantage of many opportunities that have been made available to me.
Leaving choir will be difficult as I will be leaving behind nine years of memories from Mondays with two-finger clapping and “copper kettles” that “carry comfort killing cough and cold”. As much as I might learn and as busy as I might be throughout the next few years of my life, I know that I will still occasionally get “Siyahamba” stuck in my head for a solid week and that I’ll still know all the lyrics to “The Boll Weevil”, and even though I may not fully believe it now, I know that I will be happy to remember these because they will remind me of how lucky I was to be a part of such an amazing organization.”
From the Family: Rachel joined CCSA to sing with her older siblings in the choir but she soon discovered on her own the joy of singing with such an amazing group of voices. Mrs. McCormick and Mrs. Taute demanded discipline and perfection and we watched as Rachel grew from Junior chorus to appreciate the musical reward that these rigorous rehearsals brought. We enjoyed watching her perform in many venues such as the Majestic, Tobin Center, churches, Magik Theatre, etc and hearing her sing many types of music. CCSA has helped Rachel mature both musically and personally as she has gained even greater appreciation for vocal music.
Singing has been so important in Rachel’s life and we have been grateful for CCSA’s patience with her hectic schedule so that she could continue with the choir. It has been a pleasure to be involved with CCSA for the last 13 years and we will truly miss being a part of this wonderful organization.
—Paul and Annette Deschner
Isler Academy of Home Learning
College: Northwest Vista
Major: Elementary Education
“For as long as I can remember I’ve loved music, especially singing. I recall at age 6 when I was spinning around the kitchen, making up a song about butterflies. So when my mother told me about CCSA I was excited and apprehensive. Singing was fun, but I felt like singing in a choir couldn’t possibly be as enjoyable as singing by myself. I was entirely wrong. After the first rehearsal, I was hooked. Blending my voice with others’ voices creates a beauty that I have no hope of producing by myself. The experience of singing in concert with others is utterly unique. The emotional high that comes from a successful performance is irreplaceable. CCSA has been a major part of my childhood, and the memories I made and lessons I learned will stay with me forever. Thank you, CCSA!”
From the Family: Having learned about CCSA through homeschool circles, Erin jumped on the chance to audition. In a burgundy dress with a floral lace collar, the petite and bright-eyed girl of 9 years eagerly faced the challenge, and her smile lit up the room. Mrs. McCormick quickly put us at ease as she led Erin through the audition and placed her in the Junior Chorus. When asked how the first rehearsal went, Erin dreamily replied, “I think my ears have died and gone to heaven!” That statement pretty well sums up our years with CCSA. We have watched Erin grow from being one of the smallest in the choir to one of the tallest. We have listened to her sing in German, Latin, French, Italian, Spanish, Zulu, and Czech. We have heard the angelic voices in multiple venues, such as AHUMC, The Majestic, San Fernando Cathedral, St Mark’s Episcopal, and the Tobin, and in collaboration with other top-notch music organizations, such as YOSA, the San Antonio Symphony, the Mastersingers, and the San Antonio Chamber Choir. We have celebrated successes and powered through challenges alongside other CCSA friends and families. We have supported CCSA through fundraising, chaperoning, uniform committee, and – perhaps most importantly – making sure our singers attended rehearsals on a regular basis. The payoff has been huge: Erin’s smile still lights up the room as she connects with the music on a deep level, and we have reaped the benefit of journeying through a lifelong love of music together.
– Diane and Chuck Isler
Incarnate Word High School
College: Southern Methodist University
“My years with the Children’s Choir brought me great happiness; I wish I had been able to sing with them longer! I love music, but more than that I love making music with CCSA.”
From the Family: The CCSA program has been a wonderful opportunity for us as a family. It was a privilege to have Marianne study under Mrs. Taute; a great lady professionally and personally.
Thank you CCSA for the beauty you brought into our lives.
— Robert and Mariana Thrailkill
St. Anthony Catholic High School
College: University of the Incarnate Word
Major: Athletic Training and Rehabilitative
“Being in this choir for 11 years has been the best experience I’ve ever had. Growing and learning along with my fellow singers, and with Mrs. McCormick, Mrs. Morgan, and Mrs. Taute has been an amazing time. I am very sad to know that this was my last year with the choir. I will remember all of the fun memories we have shared, and I look forward to making new memories as I go along with my singing.”
From the Family: What a wonderful experience it has been to see you perform with professional groups like the San Antonio Symphony, the Mastersingers, YOSA, and the San Antonio Opera. This has been a once in a lifetime opportunity not just for you but for the entire family too. To be able to participate and sing with such amazing musicians and also perform at the Majestic Theater and the Tobin Center, what an honor.
We’ve watched you grow up over the last eleven years from a little girl in pig tails to a beautiful singer and young woman. At times it wasn’t easy; life and scheduling was always getting in the way but you never gave up. We know that these experiences will be with you for the rest of your life and will help shape your life in the future. We are very fond of the amazing and unforgettable memories that we will treasure for a lifetime. We also want to take this opportunity to thank such an amazing, dedicated, and talented staff for being part of our family’s life. Ms. McCormick, Ms. Taute, Ms. Morgan, Anne, and Nita thank you all for the most wonderful 11 years!
— Mom, Dad, Alek and Grandma