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Now accepting applications for Artistic Director!

Join our Team!

The 2014-2015 season marks the start of a new era for CCSA and we invite you to be a part of the future! One of the founding principles of CCSA is to reach every child who has the desire to sing, using creative and engaging programming that supports and nurtures their musical potential and, moreover, encourages their growth as creative individuals and as socially responsible citizens.

Position | Artistic Director

Position: The Children’s Chorus of San Antonio seeks qualified applicants for Artistic Director. Primary responsibilities involve supervision of all artistic elements of the program and to conduct rehearsals and performances for one or more of the ensembles. The qualified candidate will be a visible advocate for the program in the local and larger community including but not limited to local schools and districts, universities and the larger choral entities. The Artistic Director works with the Executive Director and Board as part of CCSA’s leadership to create a clear vision for the organization ensuring future growth and sustainability.

Required Qualifications: An advanced degree in music, a record of successful artistic experience as a conductor of choral ensembles for children and young adults. Preferred qualifications include successful experiences in leadership of a children’s/youth chorus, and a record of successful recruitment. Additional qualifications include the ability to work effectively with music education professionals and professional musicians, and the ability to communicate effectively. This is a full-time position requiring residency in San Antonio.

Click here to visit our website and access the online application.

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One more chance to join Children’s Chorus of SA

One more chance to join Children’s Chorus of SA – mysanantonio.com

The Children’s Chorus of San Antonio will hold one last round of placements for the 2014-15 season on Sept. 5-6 at Alamo Heights United Methodist Church, 825 E. Basse Road.

The chorus, which has several ensembles, is open to young performers ages 8 to 22. Those who participate will learn vocal technique and musicianship. No experience is required to take part, and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Registration can be made through the Children’s Chorus Web site.


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.


Senior Reflections – Addison Cook

add_scanIn middle school, I chose to play an instrument over being in the school choir because my school schedule wouldn’t allow for both.  However, I loved to sing so my parents had me try out for CCSA.  I thought it would be a substitute for that school choir experience but quickly saw how CCSA would be so much more than that for me.  The music was harder, later with complicated rhythms and harmonies.  These made learning and perfecting them more of an accomplishment than I would have experienced in public school. As the music got to be more complex and challenging, my enjoyment singing with the CCSA increased in proportion. Also, the caliber of the voices in the groups made the performances sound amazing and I felt satisfied and proud after every single one.

Singing with CCSA has made me a great listener, a better performer, and a more accomplished singer.  The past seven years have helped fine-tune my musicianship as well.  Some of the experiences I had with CCSA, such as singing with the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra and going to Washington D.C. were astonishing, and made me feel like a professional singer.

Ms. McCormick and Ms. Taute have always made me feel extremely valued and treated me with great kindness.  I am glad I got to be a member such an awesome organization and will miss these wonderful teachers/directors who I’ve spent a significant portion of my life with.


Senior Reflections – Sofia Greimel-Garza

ChoirSofiaPortrait (1)I have been a member of CCSA since I was 7 years old.  These 11 years in the choir have been filled with wonderful friendships, top-notch instruction and repertoire, special opportunities to learn from collaborations with professional musicians, and the privilege of bringing music to our community through a great variety of venues.

When I began in the Prelude Choir, Mrs. Morgan’s playfulness drew me in. Then Mrs. Taute and Mrs. McCormick took over the process of making me musically literate and supporting the development of my voice.  They have challenged me with learning difficult and truly beautiful repertoire, always motivating me to give more in a climate of joy and respect.  They have instilled in me a sense of commitment and reciprocity.  All of our voices work together to make the music.  This is at the heart of my friendships with my fellow singers.  Mrs. Taute and Mrs. McCormick have also helped me to begin to develop a set of public professional skills that will serve me for a lifetime, such as punctuality, professional attire, posture, diction, and delivery.

Over the years we have had so many wonderful opportunities to make music with talented musicians, like the Mastersingers, YOSA, the San Antonio Symphony under both Ken David Masur and Sebastian Lang-Lessing, the San Antonio Opera, as well as visiting directors, like Barbara Baker.  While singing with the Young People’s Choir of New York City I felt the immense power of joining voices with other youth to bring music to the people.  I am forever thankful for my time with CCSA.


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

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


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.