The Children’s Chorus of San Antonio (CCSA) is dedicated to enriching and expanding the experiences of young people through choral singing and musical performance. CCSA’s commitment to artistic excellence, social inclusion and individual responsibility empowers young singers to embrace and explore a broader, more positive view of self and the world.
Who We Are
The Children’s Chorus of San Antonio (CCSA) is a community-based musical non-profit organization. T
Repertoire programming by CCSA has traditionally reflected San Antonio’s cultural diversity, drawing from the rich heritage of our many cultures and traditions and engaging with performance partners in informed concerts. Many of our collaborations highlight the history and traditions of our great city.
More recently, CCSA has been an active participant in the San Antonio Tricentennial Celebration including three performances of “Ballads of the Borderland” – based on the complex heritage of the founders and settlers of the South Texas region. This work served as the springboard for a year-long project – the Ballads Education Initiative – capturing and bringing to life the stories of our cities’ families through music and media created by the next generation of cultural guardians – our youth. Students with interests in language, history, music, media and visual art came together in an interdisciplinary format, to weave the cultural fabric of our community into our history.
Founded in 1983 by Marguerite McCormick, CCSA began as the UTSA Children’s Chorus with only 33 singers in the program. In 1993, CCSA officially became the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio, an independent musical non-profit organization dedicated to providing San Antonio youth with a musical education.
Marguerite McCormick served as Artistic Director from CCSA’s founding until 2017. Following her, Dr. Ryan Garrison served as Artistic Director until 2019. Currently, CCSA is led by an Artistic Team made up of our four talented Choral Directors with the support of Artistic Advisor, Dr. Gary Mabry.