June 18-22, 2013–Children’s Chorus of San Antonio performs in New York City

Children’s Chorus of San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas
Marguerite McCormick, director

Friday, June 21, 2013
Church of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10025 (map)

Byrd | Non nobis Domine
Copland | Simple Gifts
Hogan | I am His Child
Zulu | Siyahamba
Traditional | Dona Nobis Pacem
Brahms | Wie melodien
Papoulis | A World We Cannot See
Anonymous | Welcome to our Music Feast
Rutter | For the Beauty of the Earth
Tindley | The Storm Is Passing Over
Rutter | The Lord Bless You and Keep You


About the artists…

The Children’s Chorus of San Antonio was founded in 1983 with the mission to bring the highest quality choral music education and performance opportunities to our children and youth. Singers represent the metropolitan area of San Antonio as well as surrounding communities and perform in a variety of concerts, both formal and informal, throughout the city. CCSA’s advanced choirs have traveled across the state and around the world with feature performances at state, regional and national music education and choral conventions and have toured Scotland, Italy, Ireland, England, Canada and France. Our singers regularly perform with the San Antonio Symphony and Mastersingers and have been featured on NBC-TV’s Today Show and NPR’s Performance Today. Through immersion in music from all over the world, and our local flavor that is such a mixture of varying cultures, CCSA celebrates the diversity that is America and San Antonio.

Marguerite McCormick, director
Since earning the Bachelor of Music degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., Marguerite McCormick has spent 30 years in public and private education, teaching classroom and choral music in Texas and Missouri from preschool through high school level. She also holds a Master of Music degree from The University of Texas at San Antonio. In addition to her work with CCSA and in schools, Mrs. McCormick serves as a choral clinician at schools and churches throughout Texas. While teaching in San Antonio’s North East ISD, she was chosen Teacher of the Year at her school, was recognized as a Nationally Registered Music Educator by the Music Educators National Conference, and was twice elected to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. She has received further honors from The University of Texas at San Antonio, including being named an Outstanding Alumnus in 1994, and receiving the Division of Music’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1996 as well as the UTSA Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award in 2001.  Mrs. McCormick furthers her conducting studies each year with Dr. Doreen Rao of the University of Toronto, and was awarded the distinction of Artist-Teacher by the Association for Choral Music Education. 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. Marguerite McCormick is currently a Series Adviser for music publisher Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., in the Building Bridges Choral Music Experience series.

St. Paul’s Concert Chorale at the St. Johann Church in Erding – March 20, 2012 at 7:00pm

St. Paul’s Concert Chorale
John Smedstad, director
Henry Lowe, organist
Tuesday March 20, 2012
7:00pm Concert
Stadtpfarrkirche St. Johann
Kirchgasse 9
93557 Erding (map)

Program to be selected from
Ave verum — Gabriel Faure
Ave Maria — Gabriel Faure
Maria, mater gratiae — Gabriel Faure
Selections from Nine Psalm Tunes for Archbishop Parker’s Psalter — Thomas Tallis
Innsbruck, ich muss dich lassen — Heinrich Issac
Die Nacht — Franz Schubert
Ich Schwing mein Horn — Johannes Brahms
Jefferson, a traditional American Shape-Note Hymn
Wondrous Love — Betty Bertaux

The St. Paul’s Concert Chorale is the premiere choral ensemble on the campus of St. Paul’s School for Boys, an independent day school located north of Baltimore, MD.  The St. Paul’s Concert Chorale is an auditioned male chorus comprised of boys whose ages range from 15 to 18 years old.  Their primary focus is on the performance of meritorious choral repertoire from throughout Western Music History.  Every two years, the St. Paul’s Concert Chorale embarks on a choir tour.  Past tours have included Germany, Iceland, and, most recently, the U.S. Desert Southwest.  The choir is tremendously grateful for the opportunity to sing throughout Southern Germany and Austria.

Mr. John Smedstad is in his sixth year as Director of Choirs at St. Paul’s School for Boys where he also teaches International Baccalaureate Music and Theory of Knowledge courses.  Prior to this appointment, Mr. Smedstad was the director of the Women’s Choir at Oklahoma State University.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from Oklahoma State University.  Mr. Smedstad is an active clinician and performer.  He currently holds the Music Chair for the Association of Independent Maryland Schools.

The choir will be accompanied by acclaimed organist Henry Lowe.  During his forty-five-year career as church musician, Henry Lowe has served parishes in Baltimore, New York City, Hamilton, Massachusetts and Cincinnati, Ohio.  He came to The Church of The Redeemer in 1984 where he leads choirs of children and adults in weekly rehearsals and liturgies. For twenty-two-years he has enriched a strong musical tradition with monthly concerts of choral, organ and instrumental music including such masterpieces as Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Handel’s Messiah, and Mozart’s Requiem. Under his leadership the Adult Choir has been invited to sing at many churches in the Baltimore-Washington area as well as Carnegie Hall, New York City.  His recital career has taken him to many parts of the United States, England, Holland and France, playing at such noteworthy places as St, Paul’s Cathedral, London and Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris.

Additional 2012 Tour Concerts
March 18 – Heiliggeistkirche, Heidelberg
March 19 – Franziskanerkirche, Rothenburg o.d.T.