Founder / Artistic Director Emeritus
After earning the Bachelor of Music degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., Marguerite McCormick spent 30 years in public and private education, teaching classroom and choral music in Texas and Missouri from preschool through high school level. She holds a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from The University of Texas at San Antonio, studying with Dr. John Silantien. In 1983 Mrs. McCormick founded the University Children’s Chorus based at UTSA. In 1993 this group became The Children’s Chorus of San Antonio, an independent non-profit performing arts organization.
During the 31 years of Mrs. McCormick’s tenure, CCSA grew into a multi-level choral program and added Music Together®, an early childhood music curriculum, and PROJECT:Sing!, a community outreach choral experience for students from underserved areas. CCSA now offers exceptional vocal music experiences for young people frominfants through post-high school age.
Mrs. McCormick continues her conducting studies with her teacher and mentor Dr. Doreen Rao and works as an Artist-Teacher in the CME Institute for Choral Teacher Education. Additional recognitions include awards from schools where she was on faculty – the Hall of Fame at Fort Worth’s Nolan Catholic High School and Teacher of the Year at Jackson Middle School in San Antonio. UTSA has honored her with Distinguished and Outstanding Alumnus Awards from the Department of Music and the UTSA Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. She is a member of the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame and has served as the Children’s Choirs Repertoire and Standards Chair for the American Choral Directors Association, Southwestern Division.
Continuing her work with children and music, Mrs. McCormick is an educational consultant for the San Antonio Symphony Young Peoples Concerts and serves as a choral clinician for schools and churches. Marguerite McCormick is currently a Series Advisor for music publisher Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., in the Building Bridges Choral Music Experience series.