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Senior Reflections – Mary Shannon Di Filippo

Being a part of CCSA has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. It has given me so many opportunities to meet new people and experience things that I would never have been able to otherwise. The friends I have met, lessons I have learned, and the memories I have made are things I will carry with me for the rest of my life. There is a story Mrs. McCormick tells on the last day of the season opening retreat. The story is about a tribe in Africa and in this tribe every member has a special song that the other members sing to them at crucial life transitions. I may not have grown up in that African tribe, but I have found my song.  I will be forever grateful to Mrs. McCormick, Mrs. Taute, and my family for teaching me my song and singing it to me when I forget it. As I leave CCSA, I know that in life sometimes I will lose, but I will frequently win and either way I am deeply loved by God, my family, and my friends at CCSA. There may be moments when I feel a little warbly, but so have all the great singers, and if I just keep singing I’ll find my way home.

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Senior Reflections – Daniel Velasquez

DSC_0688 (2)My time in CCSA has been wonderful. I started when I was in the 4th grade, nine years ago, in the junior chorus. I remember how I loved going to rehearsal but how scared I was of making a mistake in front of Mrs. McCormick, however my enjoyment of singing kept me returning week after week. Eventually, I realized that she was just trying to develop me into the best singer I could be. This tradition of excellence and discipline continued throughout my years in CCSA and transitioned into many aspects of life besides choir. Many of my successes, outside of choir, I attribute to the discipline and dedication to detail that I learned from Mrs. McCormick and Ms. Taute.  I have many happy and fond memories, i.e. the first Luminaria; practicing and singing Barbershop with Ms. Taute and her “Men”; singing with the Symphony on my birthday and being transported by pedicab; the New York trip; the very recent composers’ concert and many many more memories.  The friends I’ve made and the experiences I’ve been fortunate to have will be something I’ll always cherish.  Thank you Mrs. McCormick and Ms. Taute for always believing in me!


Senior Reflections – Sara Tuscher

scan0002 (1)For the past 11 years, CCSA has been like my family. I remember going to Kindermusik at age 4 and 5 and my teacher, Ms. Patti, recommended it to my mom. I started at age 7, with the wonderful Miss Morgan, and ever since, CCSA has been a part of my identity. I’ve had some very cool experiences, and it has really helped with my self-confidence. Singing the solo in “Here’s to Song” will be bittersweet, but hopefully not too emotional, since I now know I am always welcome back until I am 22. I am not one to force things on people, but if you love music, singing, and performing, I would definitely recommend CCSA.


Senior Reflections – Cory Gonzales

5x7 Gonzales Cory (2)Looking back at my time in the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio, I can’t help but remember all the amazing moments that I have had and the skills I have gained over the last 7 years.  I know I will use the knowledge I gained from this experience in my study of music in college.  However, as I write this I find myself getting sentimental and know I will miss my weekly choir routine.  It is hard to put into words the feeling I experienced making music with this group.  All I can say is that being in the choir was the best choice I ever made.  I am grateful for the potential that Ms. Taute and Mrs. McCormick saw in me and the wonderful experience of singing with the Children’s Chorus.


CCSA presents lively Informance at The Witte

Who: The Children’s Chorus of San Antonio
What: Informance
Where: The Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, 78209
When: Tuesday February 11 @ 5pm

CCSA Training ChoirsCCSA’s training choirs will present a lively demonstration and performance in conjunction with the Witte’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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CCSA and YOSA to perform as part of Dvorak Festival

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CCSA will perform with YOSA and members of the San Antonio Symphony as part of the citywide Dvorak festival on Sunday January 26, 7pm at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Tickets start at $8 and are available by clicking here or calling 210.826.3447.


CCSA announces appointment of Interim Artistic Director for 2014-2015 season

ImageThe 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

Unknown-1Dr. 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.

ImageMcCormick’s Thirty Year Legacy

MM#6a-webMcCormick 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.


CCSA’s season continues with a celebration fit for Winter

ImageWho: The Children’s Chorus of San Antonio
What: Winter Magic
Where: St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, 1602 Thousand Oaks Drive
When: Sunday, December 8 @ 2:30pm

New time and location! Start your holiday festivities with a celebration of favorite songs and carols! CCSA’s training and elite choirs will all perform in our most popular celebration of the season – bring your singing voice as you never know when the audience may join along in song! Tickets to this and all concerts are available by clicking childrenschorussa.org or calling 210.826.3447.

Season Information
CCSA is celebrating its 30th Anniversary and continues to provide exceptional experiences in choral music education and performance to over 400 young people annually. Season highlights include a combined concert with the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio as part of the San Antonio Symphony’s Dvorak Festival, performances with the San Antonio Symphony in June 2014, and a rousing tribute to retiring Founder and Artistic Director Marguerite McCormick as she conducts her final concert in May 2014.

Exciting things are happening at CCSA! From all walks and corners of greater San Antonio our singers represent the rich tapestry of our City and radiate the joy that comes from singing. Join us as we shape our future – one voice at a time.


CCSA heads into the holiday season with some old and some new

Who: The Children’s Chorus of San Antonio
What: Candlelight Celebration concert with world premiere
When: Saturday November 23 | 7pm
Where: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church | 315 E Pecan Street, 78205

Kevin McCormickCCSA’s advanced ensembles, the Chamber Choir and Youth Chorale, will present an exquisite evening of seasonal works, both old and new to celebrate the start of the holiday season. Program highlights include works by J.S. Bach, Rutter and Victoria. In addition, the concert will feature Kevin McCormick’s Annunciation, a former commission piece as well as the world premiere of his latest work, Magnificat. McCormick is the son of CCSA Founder and Artistic Director Marguerite McCormick who is sharing her final season with the organization this year. Tickets to this and all concerts are available by clicking childrenschorussa.org or calling 210.826.3447


CCSA holding placements September 4-7; it’s not too late!

ImageWho: The Children’s Chorus of San Antonio
What: placements for our 2013-2014 season
When: September 4 through 7
Where: various locations; visit childrenschorussa.org for details

It’s not too late to join CCSA! Placements will be held September 4 through 7 to join for the 2013 – 2014 30th Anniversary season. Boys and girls ages 7-18 rehearse weekly during the academic year in one of seven training and performance ensembles; they learn musicianship and vocal technique – and develop valuable life-long skills including confidence, poise, self-esteem and discipline. No prior experience is necessary and financial assistance is available to qualified families. Visit childrenschorussa.org for additional information and to register.

Season Information
CCSA is celebrating its 30th Anniversary and continues to provide exceptional experiences in choral music education and performance to over 400 young people annually. Season highlights include a recital featuring four rising stars from the CCSA alumni ranks in November 2013, a combined concert with the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio as part of the San Antonio Symphony’s Dvorak Festival, performances with the San Antonio Symphony in June 2014, and a rousing tribute to retiring Founder and Artistic Director Marguerite McCormick as she conducts her final concert in May 2014.

Need more info?
Looking for more info on The CCSA and our season events? Check out our Facebook fan page or our website where you will find audio and video, placement information, latest news and more!

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 the San Antonio Symphony and the San Antonio Mastersingers among others.

For additional information on CCSA, its auditions or programs, please call 210.826.3447 or visit www.childrenschorussa.org.