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Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas Names Pat Porter 2014 Advocate for the Arts Award Recipient

The Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas (CCGD) is thrilled to announce that Patricia A. Porter has been named the organization’s inaugural Advocate for the Arts award recipient. The Advocate for the Arts award is given to honor an individual who has made remarkable contributions to the growth and advancement of the arts in the Dallas community. The award will be presented at CCGD’s annual Gala & Auction, which takes place March 2, 2014 at the Dallas Petroleum Club. 

Patricia Porter has served as an arts and cultural affairs professional, consultant and community volunteer in North Texas for 45 years.  She advises corporate, academic and nonprofit institutions, such as Nasher Sculpture Center, SMU’s MBA/MA Arts Entrepreneurship program, Cultural Data Projects and foundations in coordinating regional, state and community advocacy programs; taught as an Adjunct Professor in the SMU Arts Administration program and is involved in the development of the National Center for Arts Research. She has acted as a professional institutional developer, arts administrator and programmer, project developer and fundraiser for nonprofit agencies. She retired in 2009 after 21 years as founding CEO of North Texas Business Council for the Arts. Prior to founding BCA she spent 10 years as a Vice President in central administration at SMU and 10 years as Director of Public Relations and Publications at the Dallas Museum of Art. She currently serves on the boards of four universities, three charitable foundations, the Dallas CVB Marketing Group and numerous nonprofits.

Wendy Finley, CCGD board member and development chair, stated “this inaugural award is a fitting tribute to Pat who, for decades, has shared her considerable talents with Dallas. Her tireless energy and passion for the arts has been a force helping to propel the Dallas Arts District to national recognition. She has done more for the Dallas Arts community and those who serve alongside her than she will ever know. We are thrilled to honor Pat and her achievements.” Speaking on being named the award recipient, Pat remarked “The Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas is an exceptional organization; one that that trains young voices to create brilliant music while providing an environment of discipline, manners, and self-confidence.  I am honored to be recognized as their ‘Advocate for the Arts’. This is a title that I clearly share with thousands of Dallasites who recognize CCGD as a game changer for youth throughout the Metroplex.”

The award will be presented prior to CCGD’s Gala Performance at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center at 8:00 p.m. The concert features all nine CCGD choruses in a program highlighting folk songs from around the world.  The concert will also feature the talents of Bandan Koro, a local African Drum and Dance ensemble.  Tickets for the Gala & Auction are sold out. Concert tickets are also separately available, ranging from $10 – $34.  Concert tickets are available online at

CCGD is generously sponsored by: The Rosewood Corporation (Gala & Auction Sponsor), Neiman Marcus (Season Sponsor), and The CFO Suite (Concert Sponsor).  Additional support is provided by TACA, the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Harold Simmons Foundation, and the Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation.

Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas

Now celebrating its 17th season, the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas (CCGD) is one of America’s largest and most prestigious youth choral programs. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Cynthia Nott, CCGD is dedicated to providing Dallas-area young people with opportunities to study and perform choral music at the highest level of artistic excellence, in a group that reflects the region’s ethnic and economic diversity. CCGD’s nine choral ensembles serve more than 500 children and teens in grades 4–12, drawn from 35 communities throughout a 33-mile radius of downtown Dallas. Approximately 4,500 patrons annually attend CCGD’s season concerts, held at Dallas’ world-class Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. Through ancillary regional performances, national and international tours, and community engagement initiatives—including Outreach Chorus Tours, Summer Singing Camp, and learning partnerships with the Dallas Independent School District—CCGD extends the enrichment of choral music to up to 24,000 additional children, youth, and adults each year.

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