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2014-2015 Faculty Announced

As we prepare for a new era of music-making in the Tobin Center, we welcome a mix of new and seasoned faculty members to teach our advanced and junior choruses. Meet your team below!

Dr. Doreen Rao, interim artistic director, is known the world over for her ground-breaking work in the field of music education. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in voice and music education from the University of Illinois, she earned both her master’s degree in voice performance and a Ph.D. in music education from Northwestern University. Rao currently holds the Cameron Baird Conductor’s Chair and is the music director and conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus. During her long association with the Chicago Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, she prepared her Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus (Anima) for concerts, tours, and four Grammy Award-winning recordings.

Irma Taute, associate director of the advanced choruses, is in her 20th season with CCSA. A music educator for more than four decades, she has taught at school districts and universities all across Texas. Taute received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from Texas A&I (A&M) University in Kingsville. She is active in the San Antonio choral scene, conducting local region choirs, holding leadership positions for multiple local music organizations, and working as a clinician and adjudicator. Taute has maintained a private voice studio for more than 30 years.

Chalon Murray, associate director of the junior choruses, brings with her 25 years of experience leading choirs and teaching children in both church and academic settings. She received her bachelor’s degree in voice performance, with a minor in piano, from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, and she earned her master’s degree in choral conducting from the Boston Conservatory. Arriving in San Antonio in 2005, Murray helped develop the choir program at the Atonement Academy and  is currently the director of music and organist at St. Helena’s Episcopal Church.

Rebecca Morgan, assistant conductor of the advanced choruses, holds the distinction of being the first CCSA alumna to join the staff, having sung with the organization from 1987 – 1991. She earned her bachelor’s degree in music education from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in music education from Texas State University. Morgan currently teaches music at the Montessori School of San Antonio and is also the music director at Northwood Presbyterian Church. Sharing her passion for music with those who need it most, she piloted Music Together at Haven for Hope and the Project: Sing South community outreach program.

LeeAnn Valcarcel, assistant conductor of the junior choruses, has taught choral and music classes around the nation for the past eight years. She graduated cum laude from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, with a bachelor’s degree in music education and an emphasis on voice. Having recently relocated to Texas, Valcarcel is currently pursuing a master’s degree in choral conducting from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has taught music classes and directed choirs at the elementary, middle, and high school levels and is an accomplished accompanist, private voice and piano teacher, and published composer.


We also welcome David Lopez, accompanist of the advanced choruses, and Kevin Baxter, accompanist of the junior choruses.


CCSA receives support for program at Haven for Hope

The CCSA has received a generous gift from the San Antonio Junior Forum in support of our Music Together program at Haven for Hope. The donation will secure new music instruments and equipment to be used in our weekly classes with the families and young children in residence. We are thrilled to accept this gift in support of our new and powerful initiative. Thank you SAJF!

About MT@H4H
We continue to receive fantastic feedback on our initiative at Haven for Hope. With a second full semester behind us, we are convinced that this program impacts the families in residence with a truly meaningful experience. The positive, nurturing and safe environment of our class enables parents to bond with their children and with each other. We know the great benefits of music and movement in the early life of a child – and we know our families have now found a few minutes each week of peace and joy.

For additional information or to support Music Together @ Haven for Hope, please click here or call 210-826-3447.

Project: Sing! choir to sing their success at fall concert

Who: The Children’s Chorus of San Antonio
What: CCSA’s neighborhood program Project: Sing! in Harlandale
Where: Mission Branch Library, 3134 Roosevelt Ave, Harlandale
When: Tuesday, November 15 at 6:30 pm | Free admission

The Children’s Chorus of an Antonio (CCSA) will present the closing concert of Project: Sing! at Harlandale (PS:OLLU) on Tuesday, November 15 at 6:30pm at the Mission Branch Library. Project: Sing! is CCSA’s neighborhood-based satellite program that gives area children the opportunity to sing, learn, share and excel – right in their own back yard. PS:Harlandale is now in its fourth season and provides a tuition-free program to over 30 students from Harlandale ISD. Singers represent eleven schools spanning grades 3-6 and receive the same level of curriculum and instruction as CCSA’s core programs. The Project: Sing! closing concert is an opportunity for families and the public to see first-hand the achievements and rewarding experiences that come with participation in music!

Harlandale ISD partners with CCSA in presenting this program by providing facilities and resource support through their Curriculum Department. CCSA is grateful to the City of San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs, the George W. Brackenridge Foundation and the San Antonio Area Foundation, among others, for their support of PS:Harlandale.

Introducing Big Kids!

Your 5-7-year-old is developing quickly and exploring new activities, mastering new skills, and gaining independence. As a parent, you may be making choices about extracurricular activities that complement their new school experiences and support their growth—in music and in life. Our Music Together Big Kids program helps your child take the next step in music development by blending the elements of Music Together that parents and children love with new activities, skills, and challenges that are developmentally appropriate for 5-7-year-old children.

As you may know, Music Together mixed-age classes support the development of tonal and rhythm competency, family music making and the disposition to be life-long music makers for infants through 4-year-old children. Big Kids classes focus on Basic Music Literacy, laying the foundation for formal music instruction in school or in private instrument lessons, as well as a lifetime of joyful music making.

At Music Together with CCSA, we recognize your older child’s new capabilities and provide a developmentally appropriate curriculum that includes solfege, instrumental solos and ensembles, choreography, harmony singing, vocal development, and keyboard and drumming skills. The Big Kids classroom is a safe, familiar, fun environment where your child can experiment with new musical activities like conducting and improvisation, story songs, “silly operas,” and game songs.

Parent participation is the hallmark of the Music Together program, but many children of this age are ready for more independence in the classroom, so parent attendance in each Big Kids class is welcome but not required. You and your child will receive a songbook, CD, and HomePlay activities so that the entire family can continue the fun and learning at home and you can stay connected with what your child is learning in class.

Music Together Big Kids Classes

• Classes are 60 minutes long and meet weekly for ten weeks.

• During class, children learn musical skills and appreciation through a special Music Together curriculum developed just for 5-, and 6-year-olds. Every family enrolled in class receives a Music Together Big Kids edition songbook with activities specially created for 5–6-year-olds, two copies of the recording, and weekly HomePlay activity pages.

• Younger children are not developmentally ready for the structure of a Big Kids class. To be eligible, your child must have turned 5 by the first day of class.

• While this can be a “drop-off” class, you (or another caregiver) should plan to attend the first and last class of the semester. You may attend any and all classes if you wish. However, due to the structure of the Big Kids class, we cannot accommodate younger siblings (except for babies younger than eight months). You and any younger siblings are welcome and encouraged to join the last 10 minutes of every class.

Click here to sign up for information and registration options for Big Kids!


The Children’s Chorus of San Antonio is comprised of over 200 talented and dedicated young musicians from San Antonio and surrounding communities. Founded in 1983 by Marguerite McCormick, CCSA’s mission is to bring the highest quality choral music education and performance opportunities to children throughout the metropolitan area. In addition to presenting its own concert series, CCSA regularly sings with the San Antonio Symphony and Mastersingers, has performed alongside the Texas Bach Choir and the UTSA Choirs and Orchestra, the United States Air Force Band and Singing Sergeants, and has been featured in the San Antonio Festival, the San Antonio Early Music Festival, Musica San Antonio, and the San Antonio Founders Day Celebration. Continue reading

Music Together Summer 2010 Classes

We are thrilled to announce a fabulous new opportunity for our families! CCSA will be holding our early childhood classes on Saturdays again this summer at the Radius building downtown. In addition, new class times on Wednesdays and Thursdays and at a new location – St. Anthony de Padua – are now available. We are excited to offer these new opportunities to you and our Music Together families!  Classes are filling up quickly – if you are planning on attending this summer, register today!

Classes begin July 7th and run for six weeks. Visit our website at musictogethersa.org or call 210.826.3447 for registration and additional information.