Faculty and Staff
Meet the staff that leads CCSA!
A native of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Artistic Director Dr. Ryan Garrison comes to CCSA by way of Phoenix, AZ, where he maintained an active schedule as a professional choral singer, conductor, and educator. Since 2005, Garrison has been a singing member of the GRAMMY-award winning professional choral ensemble, The Phoenix Chorale, under the artistic vision of renowned conductor, Charles Bruffy. With the ensemble, Garrison is credited on four albums garnering six GRAMMY nominations and two GRAMMY wins, including “Best Choral Performance” in 2016. In 2013, Garrison joined the choral artistic staff at Arizona School for the Arts in central Phoenix, a school acknowledged as a national model for exemplary education gained through intense emphasis on studies in the performing arts. Numerous students under his direction have been selected for regional- and national-level honor choirs and Garrison has maintained an active schedule of clinic and guest conducting appearances in Arizona, Colorado, and Wyoming.
Rebecca Morgan holds the distinction of being the first CCSA alumna to join the staff, having sung with the organization from 1987-1991. Morgan earned her bachelor’s degree in music education from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, and her master’s degree in music education from Texas State University with a Kodály concentration. She has taught elementary music for the North East Independent School District in San Antonio and currently teaches music for preschool through middle school at the Montessori School of San Antonio. Morgan has shared her passion for music with those who need it most, having piloted Music Together at Haven for Hope and the Neighborhood Choirs community outreach program.
Rebecca Lakes Juarez is an elementary music specialist at Huebner Road Elementary School in North East ISD in San Antonio and is the Elementary Music Cluster Coordinator for the Lee/Churchill clusters. Rebecca has been teaching music in Texas public schools for 16 years. She has presented workshops at TMEA, OAKE, for Humble ISD, Austin ISD, the Austin ISD Initiative Kodály program, and for the Kodály Educators of Texas. She is the President of the Kodály Educators of Texas. Rebecca earned a bachelor of arts and a bachelor of music education from Cedarville University in Cedarville, OH and a master of music from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. She completed all of her Kodály levels at Texas State University and all of her Orff levels at Trinity University.
Associate Director | Music Together
Patsy Lawry has been teaching early childhood music and movement programs since 1997. In addition to teaching Music Together®, she has extensive experience in providing children’s music programs for daycares, nursery schools, pre-schools, and libraries. She also offers musical birthday parties to local families. Patsy was the Founder and Director of Music Together of New Haven County, Connecticut, for eight years until moving to San Antonio in 2006. Prior to becoming an Associate Director and Teacher for Music Together with Children’s Chorus of San Antonio, she was the Director of Fiesta Music Together, also in San Antonio. Patsy holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Paier College of Art in Hamden, Connecticut. She is a Certified Orff Level 1 Teacher, a Certified Music Together Level 1 Teacher, and a Certified Music for People Facilitator.
Alyssa Hunsucker Avenatti holds a Master of Music Education degree with a specialization in Kodály pedagogy and additional certifications in Smithsonian Folkways World Music Pedagogy and the Orff Schulwerk approach. Alyssa previously taught elementary music in San Antonio and co-directed an after-school choir of over 150 children. She was a founding member of the San Antonio Chamber Choir, singing with the group for six seasons before pursuing a Ph.D. in music education at Indiana University. She has also worked with undergraduate and graduate students at Loyola University Maryland, Midwestern State University, and Indiana University. Alyssa has presented academic research and practitioner workshops for music educators throughout the country, and also works as a curriculum consultant for pedagogy and vocal quality. Prior to joining CCSA, Alyssa served as the director of the First Voices ensemble for the Indiana University Children’s Choir.
Executive Director Anne Schelleng graduated cum laude from the University of Hartford with a bachelor’s degree in flute performance and a concentration in computer science. Since then, she has obtained more than two decades of experience in the music industry. From 1989 to 2001, Schelleng was the associate, then manager of marketing for the North American Printed Music Division of Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., in New York City. She relocated to San Antonio in 2001, working for Southern Music as general manager of retail, distribution, and publishing. In 2006, Schelleng accepted her current position with CCSA. The organization has flourished under her guidance, with a 100% increase in enrollment across all of its divisions and expansion of both early childhood music classes and tuition-free neighborhood choirs. Prior to joining CCSA’s staff, Schelleng served as vice president of its board of directors from 2001 to 2006. She currently serves on the board of directors for SOLI Chamber Ensemble, P16Plus Council of Greater Bexar County, and is a member of the steering committee for Excel Beyond the Bell San Antonio.
Dr. Aurelia Rocha is an expert in the field of arts and education. Combining her experience in orchestral performance, arts administration, and arts education, she works to improve the quality of educational experiences for all youth. A native of San Antonio, she serves as a member of the Engagement Committee for the Excel Beyond the Bell Out of School Time Collective, and she has served on the board of directors for El Sistema USA. Dr. Rocha holds degrees in fine arts, education, and cello performance from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas at San Antonio, and a Ph.D. in Fine Arts with a concentration in arts administration from Texas Tech University. Dr. Rocha has maintained a position as section cellist in the Midland Odessa Symphony Orchestra for over 10 years. Additionally, she is a Teaching Artist with San Antonio Wolf Trap, an organization which provides professional development to area PreK teachers in arts strategies for the classroom.