Children’s Chorus of San Antonio (CCSA) is dedicated to enriching and expanding the experiences of young people through choral singing and musical performance. A community-based organization founded in 1983, CCSA provides the highest quality choral music education and performance opportunities for San Antonio’s children and youth who have the desire to sing. CCSA is committed to artistic excellence, social inclusion, and individual responsibility by empowering young singers to embrace and explore a broader, more positive view of self and the world. CCSA currently serves more than 450 dedicated young musicians, representing more than 50 zip codes in the metropolitan San Antonio area.
CCSA has seven citywide community choruses and an early childhood music program, providing inspirational and transformative musical experiences for young students. Using a wide and balanced repertoire and offering training for all skill levels, CCSA’s performance-based instruction includes the basics of vocal technique, music literacy, and music history, among others. Ensembles are comprised of boys and girls ages five through 22, ranging from junior choruses (entry-level training choirs for ages eight and up) to performance ensembles (advanced-level choirs for ages 12 and up). In addition to a comprehensive and rigorous curriculum, students perform in a variety of formal and informal concerts throughout the year. CCSA ensembles have toured the globe, performing at prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall, Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York, and Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. They have also collaborated with other artistic organizations such as San Antonio Symphony, San Antonio Mastersingers, and Youth Orchestras of San Antonio, allowing CCSA’s ensembles to share a diverse choral repertoire at the highest levels of musical excellence with audiences throughout San Antonio and beyond.
In 2014, CCSA was named an affiliate resident of the celebrated Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, located in downtown San Antonio. The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts features a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose 1,738-seat performance hall, a 295-seat studio theater, and an outdoor performance plaza connected to the San Antonio River Walk. The move to this versatile, world-class performing arts facility brought numerous new opportunities for CCSA to provide inspirational and transformative musical experiences to its students and audience.
CCSA has also reshaped its vision for the future, emphasizing diversity and inclusion by reaching into every corner of San Antonio in order to build its membership and faculty. As part of its commitment to reaching children in under-served communities, CCSA has significantly expanded Neighborhood Choirs, its community outreach program. This program provides the opportunity for all San Antonio-area elementary and middle school students to participate in tuition-free afterschool classes in their own neighborhoods. All students in the Neighborhood Choirs program perform twice per year in the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts to showcase their improved musical skills. Neighborhood Choirs continues to grow and aims to reach students in every neighborhood of San Antonio. CCSA also offers Music Together®, an internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program for toddlers and children under the age of five. At this age, children are then eligible for Prelude Choir. This early choral experience introduces children to music, singing, and rhythm in a rich and engaging environment.
CCSA is governed by a 10-member board of directors, led by Board Chair Sybel M. Pici. Faculty and administration include 18 full/part-time employees led by Executive Director Anne Schelleng.
Celebrating its tricentennial in 2018, San Antonio is both modern and deeply rooted in history and Spanish culture. Ranked as the seventh largest city in the United States by the 2010 Census, San Antonio’s population continues to grow due to the attractive business climate and affordable cost of living. The city’s medical and bioscience professionals are recognized as some of the best in the country, developing cutting-edge treatments, devices, and pharmaceuticals. San Antonio boasts 31 institutes of higher education, including The Art Institute of San Antonio, The University of Texas at San Antonio, and Trinity University. Making significant strides in early education, the city’s Pre-K 4 SA program ensures that all children in San Antonio have access to Pre-K early education.
For arts and culture enthusiasts, San Antonio provides a wealth of experiences for its residents. In 2014, the spectacular Tobin Center for the Performing Arts opened on the banks of the San Antonio River Walk. This world-class performing arts facility is home to 10 prominent arts organizations, including Ballet San Antonio, Opera San Antonio, San Antonio Symphony, SOLI Chamber Ensemble, and Youth Orchestras of San Antonio. The city has also recently attracted talent from nationally recognized institutions such as Brooklyn Museum and Joffrey Ballet to lead its most visible cultural organizations. The arts economy in San Antonio exceeds $4.3 billion in revenues returned to the community each year, securing the flourishing creative arts as an integral part to the quality of life in this diverse city.
As a forward-looking city, San Antonio is investing in the downtown area and revitalizing the former grounds of the 1968 Hemisfair. New apartments and condominiums line the San Antonio River Walk, giving the downtown area a decidedly urban feel. Both city parks and the beautiful surrounding areas are loved by outdoor enthusiasts. Ranked among the top 50 bike friendly cities by Bicycling Magazine, more than 50 miles of developed greenway trails are dedicated to biking, walking, and jogging. As home to Chef Johnny Hernandez, who recently served as guest chef at the White House’s Cinco de Mayo celebration, and with a wide variety of quality restaurants, San Antonio has quickly become a new dining destination. Additionally, sports fans can enjoy games from an array of local professional teams, including the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, the NHL’s San Antonio Rampage, and WNBA’s San Antonio Stars.
The Artistic Director (AD) will have the exciting prospect of leading CCSA to artistic excellence, dramatically increasing enrollment from all areas of the city, and coaching and mentoring youth in the joys of music. This role presents an opportunity for a dynamic and creative individual to build upon the vibrant heritage of CCSA and its trajectory of expansion and recognition. Collaborating with schools, school districts, parents, community organizations, and other stakeholders, the AD will sustain and expand CCSA’s enrollment and provide the opportunity for every child in San Antonio to participate in the art of music making. Leading a staff of 12 to 15 directors, conductors, accompanists, and instructors, the AD will continue to raise the bar of artistic excellence at CCSA. The AD will collaborate with the Executive Director (ED), board of directors, and other community partners to enhance the CCSA’s visibility and to strengthen its reputation locally, regionally, and nationally. Working closely with the ED, the AD will also oversee planning and budgeting of activities.
Roles and Responsibilities
- Collaborate with the ED to develop mission-driven programs.
- Conduct the Youth Academy choirs (the three premier advanced ensembles) and oversee all other ensembles.
- Prepare and execute performance collaborations with other San Antonio performing arts organizations (San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, San Antonio Opera, Youth Orchestra of San Antonio) as well as tours.
- Design a thematic vision for CCSA, plan the musical range for the organization, and select the programming for the CCSA’s three self-produced concerts.
- Develop the content for the Neighborhood Choirs program.
- Create a challenging repertoire reflective of San Antonio’s diverse community and audience.
- Mentor the music staff and choral directors.
- Serve as the face and ambassador of CCSA to expand its reach and reputation within the community.
- Collaborate with school districts, parents, and educators to grow participation in all CCSA programs.
- Promote parent interaction, involvement, and support in all age groups.
- Explore new opportunities for performing and partnerships with other cultural organizations.
Youth Education and Engagement
- Engage the students and provide an unequalled learning experience for all participants.
- Establish and maintain graduated levels of artistry and learning that drive students to higher achievement.
- Ignite the love of singing and nurture the full expression of each individual’s potential for artistic and personal excellence.
Traits and Characteristics
The AD will be a highly visible, creative, and collaborative leader with a strong musical background who will embrace the role of premier ambassador of CCSA in the community. Successful candidates will have a passion for music and children, in addition to being an accomplished educator and conductor. This individual will have the ability to think big and realize the aspirations of CCSA. The AD will possess exceptional interpersonal skills in order to effectively partner with a variety of individuals and organizations, including students, parents, educators, school districts, and other cultural organizations.
Other key competencies include the following:
- Diplomacy and Tact – The ability to treat others fairly, maintain positive relationships, and respect diversity.
- Leadership – The ability to organize and motivate others in order to achieve extraordinary results through people, collaboration, and artistic excellence.
- Empathy – Identifies with and cares about others, respecting and valuing people.
A bachelor’s degree in music, or a related discipline, and an advanced degree or doctor of musical arts degree from an accredited institution are required. Candidates must have a minimum of five years of related experience in the performing arts. Candidates should be exceptional conductors and vocal pedagogues. A working knowledge of languages, with an emphasis on Spanish, is strongly preferred.
Compensation and Benefits
The benefit package includes a competitive salary, generous paid time off, health and dental insurance, and a quality of life afforded by a vibrant and evolving culturally diverse community.
Applications and Inquiries
Please submit a cover letter and resume (electronic submissions preferred) with demonstrable accomplishments to the address below. Rehearsal and performance videos or additional materials will be requested at a later date.
Ms. Pamela A. Pantos
Arts Consulting Group
292 Newbury Street, Suite 315
Boston, MA 02115-2801
Tel (888) 234.4236 Ext. 204
Fax (888) 284.6651
Children’s Chorus of San Antonio is an equal opportunity employer
and welcomes a diverse pool of qualified applicants.