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37th Anniversary Spring Concert Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 3:00 PM Gordon Center for Performing Arts Owings Mills, Maryland Alyson Shirk, Artistic Director Patricia McKewen Amato, Piano

100 East Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 202 t Towson, MD 21286 410-494-1480 t Children’s Chorus of Maryland is funded by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. Funding for the Maryland State Arts Council is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Program cover design and “Dance” titling by Garrett Oie Interior program design by Kathrine Forster Kuo, Dance: Spring Concert 2013


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hen I was a child, my mom gave me a poster of a ballerina in mid-leap arabesque for my birthday one year. We had it framed and every day, I woke up to the sight of the graceful dancer. I took ballet, tap, jazz, and baton twirling classes for a few years before giving up my dance dreams. Though my soul felt dance to its core, my body didn’t! So, my dance dreams became music dreams and I’ve learned through the years, the disciplines aren’t all that different.

Whether lyrically, melodically, thematically, or rhythmically related, just about all of today’s musical performances tie to dance as an art form and discipline. The Pavane was a stately Renaissance couple dance. In 1887, Gabriel Fauré composed a piece for cello and orchestra that reflected the dance form and was colored by harmonic juxtaposition of the minor and major third in late nineteenth century French music. Eventually, Fauré’s Pavane included choir and mimed dancing. Concert Choir’s rendition will include some visual surprises and features cello accompaniment. Music of South America is known for its Latin dance rhythms. Lyric Choir brings a delightful Brazilian folk song “A Zing-A Za” arranged by Mary Goetze to life featuring tambouring, guiro, and maraca rhythms and layered countermelodies. Lyric Choir is also pleased to debut Betty Bertaux’s “Dance” in Baltimore. With poetry written by 7th grader Elizabeth Porter Eachus from Fairfax, Virginia, Ms. Bertaux’s beautiful lyric melody will be visually presented by students from the Bryn Mawr School’s Dance Company and choreographed by eleventh grade student, Christine Wyatt. American Folk Music is also based on dance rhythms originally performed on fiddle, guitar, and banjo. From the rollicking nonsensical “Fod” from Oklahoma to the catchy Appalachian mixolydian melody “Old Joe Clark” to the jazzy American “Java Jive,” American dance is celebrated. Spirituals, rooted in the rhythms and melodies of African music which celebrated every part of life with elaborate song and dance rituals are also featured in today’s program According to folklore, the Tarantella was a frenzied dance that was supposed to reverse the poisonous bite of the tarantula. Today’s Tarantella is performed in lightning-fast Neapolitan dialect of Italian. Malcolm Dalglish’s French-Canadian “Reel a’ Bouche” is a repetitive dance tune in duple meter featuring hammered dulcimer accompaniment. Also programmed today is a triptych of pieces by Zoltán Kodály that not only show the aural sonorities of Hungarian folk music, but also hail the Magyar gypsy culture with poetry about dance and rhythms that evoke nighttime fireside dance. I hope you enjoy today’s concert as the students and I enjoyed preparing these dance-based pieces for you. Alyson Shirk, Artistic Director

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Dearest Zoe, We Love You with All Our Hearts! Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, Ben & Zach

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2012 – 2013 roster Concert Choir Kristina Anastasiades Emma Balkoski Julian Baron Samuel Bishop Crystal Cheng Lee Clum Nina Feliciano Laura Gilchrist Nora Hanley Grace Heffernan Abigail Hines

Kirsten Hines Alyssa Ince Zoe Karp Lily Kowalczyk Adam Kurek Phyllis Jean Lehman Abby Levine Rebecca Margolis Kendall McCoach Zinna Moore Naomi Naka

Austin Nikirk Ellen Nikirk Abigail Pepin Madeline Pepin Eve Plank Christopher Plimpton Alison Ramirez Katherine Shock Sydney Siegmeister Zoë Valentino

Leon Kowalczyk Madison Knauer Marlo Lacson Audra Lane Katie Lee Kallista Liu Olivia Mahaffey Michael Martin Olivia Merryman Marie Naka Giulia Parsons Meredith Pepin Jesse Plank

Alyssa Platt Abraham Plimpton Emmy Pratt Laney Plimpton Katrina Salmon Samuel Schuler Emma Shannon Grace Vaeth Elizabeth Volpe Kristina Waymire

Lyric Choir Madison Côté Campbell DiCarlo Ehren Dietrick Lydia Eastman Heather Elky Vyann Eteme La’Mya Flowers Kate Halushka Mattias Hanchard Edwin Harmon Addie Holden Sophia Kessenich Emma Koren

Julija Jael “Songbird.” We are so proud of you. Your strength and grace for one so young continues to amaze us. Love Mommie, Josh, & eternally Daddy Philippians. 4:4-9

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Treble Choir Audrey Allan Christian Bechmann Tyla Booker Sophia Brookland Molly Bugg Caroline Cook Mykenzie Cooper Sabina Cooper Kierstin Cummings Julija DeVance Evelyn DuBois Josie Eteme Jordan Flowers Julia Gaevsky Emily Georgiou Janet Gosnell Talis Hill

Sophia Justen Giulio Katinis Sabina Kermes-Turner Brian Lee Eli Lehman Riley McNeill Mary Onasanya Timothy Pepin Sophia Platt Jeremy Plimpton Noelle Plimpton Grayden Redwood Morgan Sessa Rhys Stancill-Whitin Lila Waldron Millicent Waldron

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staff Dr. Alyson Shirk

Jackie Henderson

Dr. Betty Bertaux

Andrea Burgoyne

Ramona Galey

Meryem Ahmadian

Artistic Director

Executive Director

Founder, Education Director Operations Director General Director

Office Administrator

faculty Patricia McKewen Amato Accompanist

Vocal Coach/Accompanist, Towson University Voice Division B.M. Ed., Catholic University of America M.M., University of Houston Certificates in Lieder, Opera, and Chamber Music, American Institute of Musical Studies, Graz, Austria Faculty, American Institute of Musical Studies, Graz, Austria

Dr. Betty Bertaux

Founder, Education Director, Artistic Director Emeritus

B.S. in Education, Music Major, University of Tennessee M. Mus. with Kodรกly Emphasis, Holy Names University M. Mus. in Composition, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University D. Mus. Honoris Causa, VanderCook College of Music Certificate of Study, Music Learning Theory, Temple University Editor, The Betty Bertaux Choral Series, Boosey & Hawkes Publisher Recipient of Organization of American Kodรกly Educators Lifetime Achievement Award continued on page 8

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JoAnn Cain

Teacher – Beginner II, Solfa II

B.A. Towson University Kodály Certification, George Mason University Certification in Music Together, Early Childhood Program Musical Friends, Friends School of Baltimore, Founder Baltimore Choral Arts Society

Lyndsay Davies

Teacher – Intermediate I, Solfa I

Former Music Specialist, Harford County Public Schools B.S. Mus. Ed., Grove City College M. Mus. Ed. with Kodály Emphasis, Loyola University

Lauren McDougle

Teacher – Beginner I, Intermediate II, Solfa IV

Music Specialist, Charles County Public Schools Faculty, American Kodály Institute B.M. Mus. Ed., Bowling Green State University Orff-Schulwerk Level I, Eastman School of Music M. Mus. Ed., Kodály Emphasis, Loyola University President-elect, Maryland United Specialists in Kodály

Suzannah Norris

Teacher – Beginner III, Intermediate III, Solfa III

Children’s Chorus of Maryland Graduate Music Specialist, Our Lady of Hope/St. Luke’s School B.A. Vocal Performance, Eastern University M. Mus. Ed., Kodály Emphasis, Loyola University

Alyson Shirk

Artistic Director, Teacher – Solfa A

Director of Music, The Bryn Mawr School B.S. Mus. Ed., Susquehanna University M. Mus. Ed., Vocal Pedagogy, Marywood University Doctor of Musical Arts, Vocal Performance, Shenandoah Conservatory 8 Children’s Chorus of Maryland

board of directors Keith W. May, President Retired Navy

Betty Bertaux CCM Founder, CCM Education Director, CCM Alumni Parent

Ramona Galey, Treasurer CCM General Director

Andrea Burgoyne, Secretary CCM Operations Director, CCM Alumni Parent

James R. Glover Professor, Essex Community College, CCM Alumni Parent

advisory board James R. Glover, Chair Professor, Essex Community College Patricia McKewen Amato Pianist, Conductor

Carol Bogash Director of Education, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Herbert Goldman, Esquire Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman Hoffberger and Hollander, L.L.C. Hilda Perl Goodwin Philanthropist

Thomas Hall Music Director, Baltimore Choral Arts Society Dr. Margery Lowens Musicologist

Edward Polochick Music Director, Concert Artists of Baltimore Dr. Elam Ray Sprenkle Professor of Music History, Composition, and Theory, Peabody Conservatory

Allene O. Sullender Nancy Grasmick, Ph.D. Retired State Superintendent of Schools, Philanthropist Maryland Department of Education Barry Tuckwell Conductor, Clinician, Horn Soloist Ronald Gretz Artistic Director, Annapolis Opera Company

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concert donors list 2012–2013 Season as of April 15, 2013

Children’s Chorus of Maryland wishes to thank the following donors for their generous support of our programs and for their dedication and commitment to our children. We can’t do it without you!

Director’s Circle ($10,000+) JS Plank and DM Dicarlo Family Foundation

Conductor’s Circle

($5,000 - $9,999)

This performance is made possible in part through sponsorship of the Baltimore County Executive, County Council and Commission on Arts and Sciences.

John Hancock Financial Services, Inc.

Maryland State Arts Council

Patrons ($1,000 - $4,999) St. Andrews Christian Community Church Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences Betty Bertaux Ramona Galey James Glover Anya Grundmann

Tracy & Edwin Lo Keith & Brenda May John & Allison Nikirk and All Network Systems Kevin & Carrie-Anne Platt John & Megan Roberts Wiessner Foundation Cory Williams

Sponsors ($500 – $999) Dr. Nancy Grasmick Edwin and Tracy Lo

Maureen Walsh Women’s Board of Realtors

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Contributors & Sustainers ($250 – $499) Stuart Martin Wendy and Steve Scheinberg Solar Energy World Jack Vaeth

Melo Vaeth John Watt Mary Weller

($100 – $249)

Patricia M. Amato Nancy Anastasiades Associated Jewish Charities of Baltimore BD Carol Bogash Capital One Curtis Cooper Christina Feliciano

($50 – $99)

Elizabeth Garrett Kathrine and Dennis Kuo Leslie and Russell Margolis Michael Mauro Dr. and Mrs. Michael C. Meyers Kelli Ostrom and John Shock David and Kathleen Power Mary Riordan John Watt

Carol Baumerich and John O’Hara Brian Binney Doug and Terry Brashears Joyce Stevens Brown Meliss Casciero Lisa Diver Monica and Teodoro Katinis

(up to $49)

Julie DiBella Charles Cummings Joyce Duncan Marc Halushka

Gail and Mike Kurek Fran Landolf & Core Consulting Jonathan Jensen Mary Jeanne Mullen Nonprofits Mutual RRG Sheri and Stanley Redwood J Karl Sachs, DDS Dana Johnson Anthony Meyers, In Honor of Marianne Meyers

Mom, Today, I sing for you! Love, Michael

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Concert Choir Dance Into The Day

Mark Patterson

Now is the Month of Maying Thomas Morley (1557-1603) Arranged by G. Wallace Woodworth Reel a’ Bouche Music Down in My Soul

French Canadian Lilting Piece Malcolm Dalglish Edited by Henry H. Leck African American Spiritual Arranged by Moses Hogan

Interlude Lyric Choir The Lobster Quadrille Lewis Carroll Spiritual Quodlibet Tarantella Old Joe Clark Barcarole

Carolyn Jennings Traditional Spirituals Arranged by Alyson Shirk Traditional Neapolitan Arranged by Victor Bobetsky American Folk Song Arranged by Mary Goetze Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880) Arranged by Francisco Nunez

Featuring the Intermediate III Class Kate Halushka, Leon Kowalczyk, Audra Lane, Katie Lee, Olivia Merryman, Giulia Parsons, Jesse Plank, Alyssa Platt, Abraham Plimpton, Emmy Pratt, Emma Shannon, Grace Vaeth, Elizabeth Volpe, Kristina Waymire 12 Children’s Chorus of Maryland

A Zing-A Za

Brazilian Folk Song Arranged by Mary Goetze

Dance Elizabeth Porter Eachus

Betty Bertaux

Christine Blackshaw and Grace Heffernan, dancers

intermission Treble Choir Dance of the Willow

Victoria Ebel-Sabo

Frances Borowsky, cello


Oklahoma Folk Song Arranged by Cristi Cary Miller

Treble and Lyric Choirs Brother, Come and Dance with Me Engelbert Humperdinck from Hansel and Gretel (1854-1921)

Interlude Rondo Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) from Concerto No. 2 in D Major Frances Borowsky, cello

Concert Choir Pavane

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) Arranged by Doreen Rao

Frances Borowsky, cello t Christine Blackshaw, dancer

See the Gipsies

Hungarian Folk Song Arranged by Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967)

Ave Maria Dancing-Song

Zoltán Kodály Traditional Hungarian Arranged by Zoltán Kodály

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Graduation You Are the New Day

Peter Knight Arranged by Philip Lawson

Featuring the Solfa IV Class Lee Clum, Kirsten Hines, Alyssa Ince, Lily Kowalczyk, Austin Nikirk, Zoë Valentino

Java Jive

Milton Drake and Ben Oakland Arranged by Kirby Shaw

Interlude Contra Dance No. 1, C Major Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Patricia McKewen Amato, piano

Concert and Lyric Choirs I’se the B’y

Newfoundland Folksong Arranged by Nancy Telfer

Combined Choirs The May Day Carol

English Folk Song Arranged by Betty Bertaux

Please join us for a light reception in the lobby immediately following the concert.

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Composer’s Comments on Dance! Dance! By Elizabeth Porter Eachus Like birds we have been given wings So we soar across the stage Like tops we have been given a spin So we spin until we can’t anymore In the midst of this soaring and flying, Turning and spinning, We find a fire just beginning This is our true self.


lizabeth Porter Eachus’ poem came to me in 2010 with several other submissions for the Fairfax Children’s Chorus annual collaboration with the Fairfax Public Schools. It was part of a project, “The Poetry of Music” sponsored by the Fairfax Choral Society. I was immediately intrigued that the then 11-year-old 6th grader, could get so profoundly to the root of her passion for dancing and the freedom and joy that dancing can bring. Because I wanted to express her poetic images with musical images, the listener may hear musical examples of soaring, flying, twirling and spinning as well as a sudden burst of fiery excitement. “This,” she writes, “is our true self.” That was the “punch line” for me. I was delighted to meet Elizabeth and her family at the premier of “Dance” in March, 2011, in Annandale, Virginia. —Betty Bertaux, composer Dance: Spring Concert 2013


texts & translations Tarantella Turn in this way! Twirl in that way! Pirouette and stop here! Show yourself off; let yourself be kissed. You’re the most beautiful of all, Nanni! You alone are the most beautiful one With that starched dress all white and embroidered. You are a flower, Nannine!


Translation by Kristen Merryman

Beautiful night, oh night of love, smile at our euphoria! Night sweeter than the day, oh beautiful night of love! Time flees and without returning carries away our affection; Far from this happy place time flees without returning. Kindled breezes, pour your caresses on us, Kindled breezes, blow us your kisses, your kisses. Ah! Beautiful night, oh night sweeter than the day, Oh beautiful night of love!

See the Gipsies See the gipsies dancing high, See the gipsies dancing low, duba~ Clap their hands to every beat, leba! In the firelight whirling round, duba! To the zither’s jangling sound, leba! See the gipsies stamp their feet, duba! Clap their hands to every beat, leba! Round the fire gipsies sway, Listen to their strumming; Rida, rida, bom, bom, bom, listen to their strumming Happy songs laughter gay: summer days are coming. Rida, rida, bom, bom, bom, summer days are coming.

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Ave Maria Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and in the hour of our death. Amen.

Dancing Song People say the Magyars now no more are light-footed That’s because their shoes and clothes aren’t for dancing suited What they need are jingling spurs, boots of crimson leather Brooches set with pearls and gems, caps with egret feather Polish linen is my shirt, but all torn and jagged Crimson leather are my boots, but the soles are ragged Mended then my boots must be, ev’ry rent and tatter, Though they’re patched and shabby for the dance it does not matter Once I caught a monster gnat, with my sword I struck it, Then I melted down its fat, more than filled a bucket, Cobbler, cobbler, mend my boot, you’ll be paid, so that’s that, Though I may not have a coin, you shall have my gnat’s fat Ha! Ha! H! Ha! Keep on now, keep on now! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Don’t stop now, don’t stop now, hop! Who dares to say the Magyar cannot dance? Ho! If he can’t I’d like to know who else can? My boot is worn out, Look at it, look at it, Send the cobbler, He’ll patch it, he’ll patch it. Dance, Magyar, Dance Magyar! Dance! Go on dancing, go on prancing, go on hopping, never stopping Hey!

We are very proud of you, Olivia. Break a leg! Love, Mom and Race

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Austin, You began singing before you could even talk! Don’t ever stop, you have such a strong, beautiful voice!  We love you and are very proud of you, Mama and Daddy

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collaborators Children’s Chorus of Maryland warmly welcomes our guest performers in this afternoon’s concert. We are grateful for their collaboration and artistry! Patricia McKewen Amato’s extensive operatic experience includes duties as conductor, coach, and accompanist at the AIMS Institute in Graz, Austria, Brevard Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Peabody Institute, and the Young Victorian Theatre. She served as assistant music director of the Baltimore Opera Company and music director of its touring company; music director/conductor for Annapolis Opera, Maryland Lyric Opera, Brevard Music Festival, Opera Americana, Washington Savoyards, Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, and Rep Stage; and assistant conductor/ chorus master for Washington Summer Opera. A versatile pianist, Ms. Amato frequently performs with the Children’s Chorus of Maryland, Annapolis Opera, Annapolis Chorale, Baltimore Choral Arts, Baltimore Symphony, Maryland Symphony, Baltimore Opera, Prince George’s Opera and Philharmonic, and Metropolitan Opera regional competitions. Ms. McKewen Amato is a first place winner in the Houston Chamber Music Society Competition; recently performing The Carnival of the Animals with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and Carmina Burana with the Baltimore Choral Arts. She made her Lincoln Center conducting debut in 1999 in an all-Charles Loeffler program, subsequently recorded on Koch International. Ms. McKewen Amato is a coach/ accompanist for the voice division at Towson University, the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and the Children’s Chorus of Maryland. She holds a BM from the Catholic University of America (magna cum laude), a MM from the University of Houston (magna cum laude), and certificates in lieder, opera, and chamber music from The American Institute of Musical Studies, in Graz, Austria. continued on page 21

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Christine Blackshaw is in the 8th grade at Bryn Mawr School. She started dancing at age three in Boston, Massachusetts. After moving to Baltimore, Maryland, Christine continued her dance training at The Johns Hopkins’ Peabody Preparatory. There she was able to study under many wonderful teachers including Carol Bartlett, who recently passed away this winter. Ms. Bartlett was inspiring to all her students, and provided many different opportunities for dancers to collaborate with Peabody artists in other fields. In addition to Peabody Dance productions, Christine was fortunate to participate in Baltimore’s first English pantomime, Puss in Boots (2008-2009), L’enfant et les sortilèges with Peabody Opera (2011), at the opening ceremony for The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center and the Sheikh Zayed Tower at Johns Hopkins Hospital (April 2012), and Peabody Music and Dance on the Court: Crossing Time and Distance at The Walters Art Museum (Oct 2012). Christine is looking forward to dancing this summer at the American Ballet Theater summer intensive in New York. In addition to dance, Christine enjoys science, math, engineering, Latin, reading, time travel games, and Minecraft. Julia Bielefeld (Stage Manager) is a graduate and now faculty member of the Bryn Mawr School. She has been designing lighting and stage managing performances since her years there as a student. During her undergraduate studies at Marlboro College she worked on many shows including Much Ado about Nothing, Macbeth, and Cash. She was privileged to be able to work with Eric Bass of the Sandglass Theater in Putney, Vermont. Since returning to Bryn Mawr, Julia has designed lights for Stage Door, As You Like It, and Alice in Wonderland. She enjoys inspiring future generations of designers to play with light, color and space, and collaborating with her students on all aspects of a show’s design. Cellist Frances Borowsky performed her New York Debut at Carnegie Hall at the age of twelve as a recipient of the Erick Friedman Prize for Outstanding Young Musicians. She has performed in over twenty countries, toured as soloist for the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Young German Symphony Orchestra, and performed as soloist with the Tianjin Symphony continued on page 23 Dance: Spring Concert 2013


Michael, We love to listen to all your songs Sing loud and proud — We love you always All the Grandparents, Mom, Dad, & Cuddles

Ella, You are our treasure! Sing it like Bruno! Big Daddy, Sapphie, Triple (Double) G Threat

Look around you today— You will see many people sporting various CCM pins. The oval, “Sponsor” pins are given to honor those people who have made an extraordinary financial contribution to CCM, of five hundred or more dollars to CCM in any one year. CCM could not exist without their generosity. Some of our volunteers will be wearing pins earned for service far beyond that required of CCM families. Many of these volunteers have given dozens, even hundreds of extra hours to CCM. No concert, no fundraiser, no newsletter, no tour, no CCM event could be produced without the generosity of our volunteers. Finally, you will see many pins proudly worn by our choristers. Every pin represents a period of extraordinary commitment, on the part of the student and the family, to braving the elements, overcoming illness, and laying other opportunities aside, in order to achieve exemplary attendance at CCM’s classes and rehearsals. Good attendance is the backbone of a polished performance, and while perfect and near-perfect attendance isn’t always possible, we honor those students who accomplish it. And look how many have accomplished it again and again! Taken together, CCM’s pins tell the story of a tremendous commitment—of time, effort, funds, determination and talent—all of which come together to produce today’s concert. If you’re reading this program, chances are that some of that commitment has come from you. So thank you, to all who have made today’s concert possible. We couldn’t have done it without you!

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Orchestra as part of Pre-Olympic celebrations in Beijing. As Artist-in-Residence at the Dilsberg Castle (Germany), she and her siblings co-composed a trio, “Postcards from Dilsberg,” which is available on DVD and published by ICRecords. Frances has repeatedly been a featured performer at the International Cello Festival at Towson University, and performed at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland and Kosciuszko Foundation in New York as part of 2010 American Tribute to Chopin events. Last summer, she performed the Dohnanyi Piano Quintet with Peabody faculty member Brian Ganz in Maryland. At the age of eighteen, Frances graduated from the Honor’s College of Towson University as a recipient of a full-scholarship. Her mother, cellist Cecylia Barczyk, was her primary instructor through her studies at Towson University. Frances is currently a graduate student at Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, where she is studying under the instruction of Amit Peled. Awards include the Levine Chamber Music Competition (First Prize as part of INUENDI, 2012), Baltimore Music Club Competition (First Prize, 2010), Sylvia and Irving H. Cohen Competition (Second Prize, 2010), and Peggy Friedman – Yale Gordon Competition (First Prize, 2008). Elizabeth Porter Eachus, now 13 years old, is the eldest of four children and has lived in Northern Virginia since 2004 when she moved there with her family from Chicago. She has studied dance since she was three years old and enjoys both ballet and jazz. She has been on her dance studio’s competition team for the last two years. A 7th grade honors student at Thoreau Middle School in Vienna, VA. , Elizabeth also plays violin and sings in her school’s chorus. She was recently selected to participate in Fairfax County District Honors Chorus. As an 11-year-old, 6th grader, Elizabeth wrote the poem, “Dance,” when studying a unit in poetry. The students at her school were given an opportunity to write poems celebrating dance. “The words just flowed from me to the paper,” said Elizabeth. She is very much honored that her poem was selected by Dr. Betty Bertaux and the Fairfax Choral Society for the Fairfax Children’s Chorus project, “The Poetry of Music: Shall We Dance?” continued on page 25

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Ellen, We love to hear you sing and see you dance! Keep making us proud, Mama and Daddy

Sydney— We are so proud of you and all of your accomplishments!!! You are so very talented so, please…don’t ever stop singing!!!! Love you!! Mom, Chris, Sam, Duke + Parker

Special thanks to these vital CCM supporters: Allstate Leasing and the Baron family Wisteria Sage Floral Arts and the Clum Family

The Citizens of Baltimore County

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Grace Heffernan is thirteen years old, and is in the seventh grade at Bryn Mawr School. She dances at The Moving Company in Cockeysville under the Royal Academy of Dance curriculum with Mrs. Patricia Enoch. In the past, Grace has been in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Once On This Island with the Young Actors Theatre (YAT) camp at McDonogh. In addition, she has also been in the Moscow and Pittsburgh Ballet Nutcrackers. Grace is currently a Solfa 2 student in CCM and also plays the violin and piano. She would like to thank Dr. Shirk for the opportunity to dance for CCM. Christine Wyatt (Choreographer for “Dance”) is a seventeen year old junior at the Bryn Mawr School. She has been presented with many opportunities to choreograph dances for her school’s Middle and Upper school dance companies and is enthused by the opportunity to choreograph for CCM. She has been choreographing since the beginning of her days at Sudbrook Magnet Middle School where she studied Dance, Theatre, and Instrumental Music. She loves all forms of art but Performing is her passion: she is an alto II in Bryn Mawr’s vocal ensemble Dayseye, and has been a member of BMS’s Dance Company all three years of Upper School. She has been dancing for 9 years and has studied and performed with many ensembles in the Baltimore area such as: Flair Dance Studio, Sudbrook’s “Swingers” Dance Company, Baltimore County Youth Ballet, and Charm City Dance Theatre. She’s been casted in shows like WORKING, You Can’t Take It with You, Smokey Joe’s Café, and Of Poems, Youth, and Spring to name a few. Christine has performed in venues throughout the Maryland area like Arena Players, the Gilman School, Loyola University, Morgan State University, Coppin State University, Goucher College, and for many African/Cultural festivals in Towson. Christine plans to continue dancing in college and for the rest of her life. She takes pride in her passion for dance and desire to spread joy and peace through dancing and teaching. She thanks Dr. Alyson Shirk for the opportunity to share her gifts and dedicates the piece to her.

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concert volunteers Backstage Helpers Box Office Concert Parents F.I.P.

Floral Designer

Hall Monitoring Merchandise

Photography Team Reception

Set-up/Clean-up & Riser Crew Stage Management Uniforms

Ushers & Traffic Directors Videographer

Web Developer

Amanda Bergner, Beth Bugg, Curtis Cooper, Deb Lee, Jamie Perry, Emlyn Stancill Monica Bernabei, Sarah Eastman, Lisa Lacson, Ray Lacson Amy Côté, Beth Dietrick, Sherita Harrison, Jennifer Koren Gail Kurek, Coordinator Lorna Clum

Theresa Volpe, Coordinator Melissa Lane, Coordinator

Renee Bishop, David Cook, Wolfgang Justen, Lisa Parsons, Amelia Schuler, Emily Stancill

Nancy Anastasiades, Yan Jiang, Co-Coordinators Philip Bechmann, Joshua DeVance, Anatoly Gaevsky, Adrienne Gilchrist, Pace Kessenich, Kyle Parsons

Michael Kurek, Jon Merryman, Larry Schuler Allison Nikirk and Kelli Ostrom, Co-Coordinators

Beth Bugg, Emma Cervone, Amy Halushka, Stuart Martin, Julie Sessa Maureen Martin Amelia Schuler

…And many thanks to those of you who signed on to help after this program went to print!

Giulia— We are so proud of all of your accomplishments! You are becoming a beautiful young lady! Love, Mom, Dad and Sophia

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acknowledgements Children’s Chorus of Maryland wishes to thank:

t CCM Parents and community volunteers for their generous


t CCM Faculty for their excellent instruction, musicianship, and

caring respect for children.

t The Board of Directors for their time, devotion, and guidance. t Numerous Donors who have faithfully supported CCM’s

operation and development.

save the date! Join the Children’s Chorus of Maryland next year as we present music spanning genres from folk to classical, drawn from many cultures and presented in original languages, as well as exciting works new to area audiences. Mark your calendars now for the highlights of our 20132014 season: Sunday, December 8, 2013, 3:00 PM Holiday Concert The Gordon Center for Performing Arts 3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue, Owings Mills, MD

Sunday, May 4, 2014, 3:00 PM Spring Concert

The Gordon Center for Performing Arts 3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue, Owings Mills, MD Schedule is subject to change.

Audra, WOW! Congratulations on completing Lyric Choir. Six years of CCM and three years of OAKE, be proud of your musical accomplishments (we are!) Love, Dad & Mom

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to the Class of 2013! “The most exquisite pleasure is giving pleasure to others.” Thank you for the listening pleasure you have given us over the years!

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