The Children’s Chorus of San Antonio establishes the Marguerite McCormick Founder’s Award for Excellence

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The award recognizes an individual or organization’s effort towards enriching the lives of young people through choral singing and musical performance.

The 2017-2018 Board of Directors of the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio has awarded the newly established Marguerite McCormick Founder’s Award for Excellence to the organization’s founder and Artistic Director Emeritus, Marguerite McCormick.

“We can’t thank Marguerite enough for her vision in founding the organization and for her years of dedication to young singers,” said Sybel Pici, President of the Board of Directors for the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio. “She has touched the lives of thousands of children over the years.”

McCormick founded the organization in 1983 with a single chorus of 33 singers. Under her guidance, CCSA toured in Europe and Canada, performed at Carnegie Hall, the Cathédral of Notre Dame and were featured on NBC-TV’s Today Show and National Public Radio’s Performance Today.

McCormick retired in 2014 after three decades, carrying a reputation for quality music and meticulous preparation. In 2017, Dr. Ryan Garrison was selected as the second Artistic Director of the organization.

“It’s an honor and humbling to have an award named after me,” said McCormick. “Music is life changing for children. The Children’s Chorus provides transformative experiences for young people from birth through young adulthood.”

The Marguerite McCormick Founder’s Award for Excellence will be awarded each May at the final concert of the season at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. The Board will select an individual or organization whose efforts and support will have helped to advance the mission of the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio. Nominations can be made at office(at)childrenschorussa(dot)org

The Children’s Chorus of San Antonio is a community-based organization serving all young people in San Antonio who love to sing. The Children’s Chorus of San Antonio 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 export a broader, more positive view of self and the world. As a resident company of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, CCSA’s eight citywide community choruses in conjunction with its early childhood music program provide inspirational and transformative musical experiences for hundreds of young people annually from birth through young adulthood. http://www.childrenschorussa.org

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