Dr. Carolyn Cruse
Incoming Artistic Director
Executive Director | Director of Chorale
Alyssa Avenatti serves as Executive Director of CCSA, and also has the great honor of conducting the Chorale ensemble. She is a doctoral candidate at Indiana University’s world-renowned Jacobs School of Music, and holds a Master of Music Education degree with a specialization in Kodály pedagogy. Alyssa has also pursued additional certifications in Smithsonian Folkways World Music Pedagogy and the Orff Schulwerk approach. Prior to her pursuit of the Ph.D., Alyssa was a founding member of the San Antonio Chamber Choir, singing with the group for six seasons. She has presented academic research and practitioner workshops for music educators throughout the country and has taught undergraduate and graduate students at Loyola University Maryland, Midwestern State University, Indiana University, and the University of Texas at San Antonio. Alyssa also supervises and mentors music education student teachers through Texas State University.
Director of Choristers | Co-Director of Encore
Emily Jodon holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Texas San Antonio, and Kodály certification from Texas State University. She has taught both middle school and high school choir in Northside ISD for the past 7 years. Emily is a dedicated choral music educator and a leader in her field, serving as past Region chair and regularly co-directing the NISD Convocation choir. She is ecstatic to join the wonderful artistic team and dedicated singers of CCSA.
Director of Prelude and Preparatory Choirs
Rebecca Lakes Juarez is an elementary music specialist and Cluster Coordinator for Northeast ISD, providing professional development and mentorship to district music teachers. Rebecca has been teaching music in Texas public schools for 19 years. She has presented workshops across the country and at state and national music education conferences. Rebecca earned her B.A. and B.M.E. from Cedarville University, an M.M. from Belmont University, and her Principal certification from Schreiner University. She is fully certified in both the Kodály and Orff approaches to music education, and serves on the national board of the Organization of American Kodály Educators. In the summers, she instructs music teachers in Kodàly certification programs at Midwestern State University and the Rio Grande Valley. This is her seventh season as a director with CCSA.
Dr. Mabry brings a wealth of experience to the CCSA team having been a member of the UTSA Department of Music faculty since 1991 where he founded and conducted both the UTSA Women’s Choir and the UTSA Men’s Glee Club. He has served in a leadership capacity for the Texas Choral Directors Association and is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association. Dr. Mabry is a former Artistic Director and Conductor of the San Antonio Choral Society and served several years as Chorus Master of the San Antonio Opera. His choirs have presented European performances in Salzburg, Vienna, and Prague and his Yellow Rose Singers performed in 2012 and 2017 at the International Festival of the Aegean in Syros, Greece, an event for which he also served as Chorus Master. This ensemble will perform in England and Ireland during the summer of 2019. With over forty years of leadership experience in church music, he currently serves as Minister of Music for Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit in San Antonio.
Director of Chamber Choir | Co-Director of Encore
Keith Martinez is passionate about providing singers opportunities to build relationships, forming a cohesive bond that is reflected in the musicality of each performance. Keith is the director of choirs at Clark HighSchool, and his choral ensembles consistently earn UIL Sweepstakes ratings. Keith works diligently with singers, helping to propel them to both region and all-state choir placements. Keith also serves as the Minister of Music at University Presbyterian Church.
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