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36th Anniversary Winter Concert In honor of Nancy S. Grasmick Sunday, December 4, 2011 at 3:00 pm The Gordon Center for the Performing Arts Owings Mills, Maryland Alyson Shirk, Artistic Director Patricia McKewen Amato, Accompanist

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 “Snow Fantasy” titling by Garrett Oie Interior program design by Kathrine Forster Kuo, Snow Fantasy: Winter Concert 2011


2011 – 2012 roster Concert Choir Julian Baron Molly Bishop Samuel Bishop Crystal Cheng Lee Clum Nina Feliciano Frances Garrett Liana Garrett Grace Heffernan Abigail Hines

Kirsten Hines Olivia Hurley Alyssa Ince Lily Kowalczyk Adam Kurek Abigail Lo Kendall McCoach Austin Nikirk Madeline Pepin Eve Plank

Christopher Plimpton Collin Power Shae Rhinehart Sydney Siegmeister Marissa Thobe Zoë Valentino Mari Wetherington Jenna Williams

Leon Kowalczyk Marlo Lacson Audra Lane Katie Lee Phyllis Jean Lehman Abby Levine Mateo Lopez-Castro Rebecca Margolis Michael Martin Olivia Merryman Zinna Moore Naomi Naka Ellen Nikirk Alana Parker

Giulia Parsons Abigail Pepin Meredith Pepin Jesse Plank Alyssa Platt Abraham Plimpton Laney Plimpton Layla Sartipy Samuel Schuler Emma Shannon Katherine Shock Grace Vaeth Elizabeth Volpe

Lyric Choir Kristina Anastasiades Emma Balkoski Campbell DiCarlo Ehren Dietrick Maija Dixon Vyann Eteme Laura Gilchrist Kate Halushka Mattias Hanchard Nora Hanley Noelle Hargrave Addie Holden Marianne Howard Sasha Howard

Ruby: every song is our favorite when we hear it in your sweet voice. Love, Grandma Ruby, Daddy, and Mommy.


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Treble Choir Lucas Batlas Hannah Bloom Maya Conneally Caroline Cook Sabina Cooper Madison Cote Carrie Couch Kierstin Cummings Harrison Delgado-Boru Heather Elky Josianne Eteme La’Mya Flowers Julia Gaevsky Emily Georgiou Janet Gosnell Edwin Harmon Sophia Justen

Giulio Katinis Margaret Kelly Victoria (Carter) Kelly Emma Koren Brian Lee Eli Lehman Mateo Lopez Julia Michael Marie Naka Julia Parker Timothy Pepin Jeremy Plimpton Ruby Tyson Nora Walsh Meghan Ward

Julian— We love you and are so proud of you. Your singing voice melts our hearts. Have a wonderful concert. Love forever and always— Mom, Dad and Hannah

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staff Ramona Galey

Andrea Burgoyne

Dr. Alyson Shirk

Meryem Ahmadian

Dr. Betty Bertaux

Charmaine Huertas

Executive Director Artistic Director

Operations Director

Administrative Assistant

Founder, Education Director Marketing Director

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

JoAnn Cain

Teacher—Beginner 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 Kodály Certification, American Kodály Institute


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Lauren McDougle

Teacher —Beginner I, Intermediate II, Solfa II

Music Specialist, Charles County Public Schools B.M. Mus. Ed., Bowling Green State University Orff-Schulwerk Level I, Eastman School of Music Master of Music Education, Kodály Emphasis, Loyola University

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 Master’s of Music Education, Kodály Emphasis, Loyola University

Alyson Shirk

Artistic Director, Teacher—Solfa IV

Director of Music, The Bryn Mawr School. B.S. Mus. Ed., Susquehanna University Master of Mus. Ed., Vocal Pedagogy, Marywood University Doctor of Musical Arts, Vocal Performance, Shenandoah Conservatory

Alyssa, you truly light up our lives! We are so very proud of you! Love, Mommy, Daddy, Cody and Ashley

Jenna Colleen: Sometimes we wish to turn back the clock to see you again as the young girl who first auditioned for CCM six years ago. But then we would miss you as the young woman you’ve become and the songs you sing today. We love you very much. Mom and Dad

Another year and Another song Congratulations on moving up to the Lyric chorus Sing loud and proud Love Mom Dad All the Grandparents & Cuddles

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board of directors Keith W. May, Board President Director of Business Development, Glimmerglass Networks

Betty Bertaux, Former Secretary Founder, CCM; Education Director

Anna Marie Sohn, Former President Anya Grundmann, Board Secretary Professor, Essex Community College Executive Producer for NPR (NationJames R. Glover al Public Radio) and CCM alumna President, GW Financial Kevin Platt, Treasurer Senior Director of Rehabilitation, Good Samaritan Hospital; CCM parent

advisory board James R. Glover, Chair President, GW Financial

Patricia McKewen Amato Pianist, Conductor Children’s Chorus of Maryland Herbert Goldman, Esq. Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger & Hollander, LLC Hilda Perl Goodwin Philanthropist

Nancy Grasmick, Ph.D. Former State Superintendent of Schools, Maryland Department of Education Ronald Gretz Artistic Director Annapolis Opera Company

Thomas Hall Music Director Baltimore Choral Arts Society

Dr. Margery Lowens Musicologist and noted authority on the music of Edward MacDowell Edward Polochick Music Director Concert Artists of Baltimore Dr. Elam Ray Sprenkle Professor of Music History, Composition, and Theory Peabody Conservatory

Barry Tuckwell Conductor, Clinician, Horn Soloist

committee chairs Edward Bishop: Fundraising OPEN: Facilities Purchase

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concert donors list 2011–2012 Season as of November 1, 2011

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

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) Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences Betty Bertaux James Block Ramona Galey James Glover Edwin & Tracy Lo

Keith & Brenda May John & Allison Nikirk Kevin & Carrie-Ann Platt Amelia & Larry Schuler Wiessner Foundation Cory Williams

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Mattias, you continue to fill my heart with happiness and pride. I feel blessed to have a son like you. Continue singing for me! Snow Fantasy: Winter Concert 2011


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Sponsors ($500 – $999) William McCloskey David Power

Contributors & Sustainers

Michael Swetnam Maureen Walsh

($250 – $499) Penelope & Alan Barnett Ed & Renee Bishop Donna & James Farmer

($100 – $249)

Patricia M. Amato Nancy Anastasiades Associated Jewish Charities of Baltimore Cale Fresh Capital One Dennis & Karen Cole Magdalena Fitzsimmons Christina Feliciano Geoffrey Funk Barbara Goldberg

($50 – $99)

Doug & Teresa Brashears Mark Brzezinski Cooper, Ellen Fran Landolf & Core Consulting Dorothy Holland

(up to $49)

Peter Conti Julie DiBella Carla Finkelstein Marc Halushka

Nancy Grasmick Katy McGuire Solar Energy World Kathrine Kuo Leslie Margolis Stuart Martin Howard Miskimon Performance Spine & Rehabilitation Megan Leah Roberts Sue Sadoughi & Gary Sampse Randle Tolliver D. Kathleen Rus, Esq. John Watt Jonathan Jensen Michael Meyers John Ohara J Karl Sachs, DDS

Dana Johnson Wendy Kunc Kathryn Marshall Juan Ty Mary VanSickle

We are so proud of you Emma. Love Mom, Dad & Sean


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About Nancy S. Grasmick


oltan Kodály, the inspiration for CCM’s pedagogical base, once said, “Often a single experience can open a child’s soul to a lifetime of music. It is the responsibility of the school to provide it.” He also said, “Only the best is good enough for the little ones.” With similar insight, Maryland State Superintendent of Schools, 1991–2011, Nancy S. Grasmick stated, “I want to be remembered as one who always advocated for the students. I would like to be remembered as one who saw the future of children as unlimited and believed that we have the obligation to provide them with the best education.” A lifelong Maryland resident, Nancy S. Grasmick attended Baltimore City’s Windsor Hills Elementary and Western High School. She became interested in teaching students with special needs after she experienced a temporary hearing loss as a child.

After graduating from Towson University (then the State Teachers College at Towson) in 1961 with a degree in elementary education, Nancy began teaching deaf children at the William S. Baer School. She went on to earn a M.S. in deaf education at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., and, in 1979, a Ph.D. from Snow Fantasy: Winter Concert 2011

Johns Hopkins University in communicative sciences with a focus on speech and language disorders.

Throughout her impressive career, Dr. Grasmick served Maryland schools in countless ways, among them as a teacher, as Principal of Chatsworth Elementary School (a school for children with severe emotional disabilities), as Assistant Superintendent and Associate Superintendent for Baltimore County Public Schools, as Secretary for Juvenile Services, as Special Secretary for Children, Youth and Families, on the Governor’s Council on Adolescent Pregnancy, State Coordinating Council (for residential placement of handicapped children) and numerous other cabinetlevel positions, task forces and committees. In 1991, Nancy Grasmick was appointed by Governor William Donald Schaefer to the post of State Superintendent of Schools. She is the first woman to have held the post in Maryland, and she held it longer than any other head of education in the country. Such a long tenure has allowed Dr. Grasmick to shepherd several major initiatives for Maryland continued on page 10 9

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schools. Among them, in 1992, Maryland became the first state in the nation to require community service by all students by the end of high school. Dr. Grasmick emphasized how service learning provides the opportunity for students to apply what they learn in school while contributing to the larger community. Along with service learning, Dr. Grasmick improved accountability for Maryland public schools by spearheading the effort to develop the Maryland State Performance Assessment Program (MSPSP) in order to make schools more accountable to their tax base. This initiative has been praised nationally; one survey ranks the state first in standards and accountability. And through Dr. Grasmick’s efforts, the state’s influence in Baltimore City has improved academic performance with an infusion of $300 million to help the poorest schools.

Of special significance to those of us in the arts is Dr. Grasmick’s passion and leadership in the Arts in Education in Maryland Schools (AEMS) Alliance. The AEMS Alliance sponsors an annual Cultural Arts for Education (CAFE) conference each spring that was co-hosted by Dr. Grasmick as State Superintendent. CAFE offers networking opportunities to members of the arts and education community who seek to encourage partnerships that support the Fine Arts State 10

Curricula. CAFE conferences highlight: • Research findings supporting the inclusion of the arts in school curricula; • Implementation of Maryland State Board of Education Arts Education Policy; • Model programs and best practices; • Ways to build the capacity of the arts teaching community including teaching artists, higher education, arts organizations, arts specialists and classroom teachers; • Effective teacher preparation for integration of the arts in all content areas; • Information on solicitation and retention of public and private support; and • National developments affecting the field. Dr. Grasmick’s commitment to the arts stems from not only her love of music (she learned the harp as a child,) but through her work with deaf children. She is profoundly aware of the musical losses in deaf children, and how very much they are benefited by dance and the visual arts. Her early work with incorporating the arts into the lives of those children led her to realize the importance of the arts in the lives of all children. She says:

“It is very appropriate for the arts to be integrated into our total vision of a well-rounded graduate of Maryland’s public schools. Students who have exhibited talents or interests in the arts will benefit from the expanded Children’s Chorus of Maryland

program, to be sure. However; even those students whose primary interests lie in other subject areas will find that study and practice in the fine arts will help them in a broad range of skills in general education, including critical analysis and visual communication.” Closer to home has been Dr. Grasmick’s support of Children’s Chorus of Maryland. Introduced to CCM by physical therapist and 1999 CCM board president, Michael Mauro, Dr. Grasmick attended a rehearsal at his invitation. She proclaimed CCM to be one of Maryland’s “best kept secrets,” and pledged to help our visibility with the various county supervisors of music. She also agreed to be listed as a member of CCM’s Board of Advisors and to sponsor a student with a scholarship donation. Through the efforts of Jay Tucker, MSDE Coordinator of Fine Arts, CCM performed for the next meeting of county supervisors. In 2001, Dr. Grasmick guided us in establishing MSDE in-service credit for the American Kodaly Institute. In 2004, she assisted us with the execution of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts by identifying likely Maryland counties that might benefit from the “side-by-side”

concerts that had been funded. In 2006 she directed us in working with MSDE Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Colleen P. Seremet, on the development of what would become the privately funded “Sing for Success” research project in Washington County. When Dr. Grasmick received the Spirit of Children Award from the Baltimore Ronald McDonald House Foundation in 2001, we were happily and proudly on hand to perform at the event.

Dr. Grasmick’s work and tireless dedication to the enrichment of children’s lives and her generous support and encouragement of the arts have earned her an impressive collection of awards and honors for her commitment to the state’s education, including the Harold W. McGraw, Jr., Prize in Education, McGraw-Hill Companies, and the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association’s Woodrow Wilson Award for Distinguished Government Service. We are indeed made better by the mind, heart and effort of this inspiring woman. It is with sincere appreciation and pride that we extend our first “Wings of Song” award to Nancy S. Grasmick for her part in helping U children’s voices soar.

Kristina Anastasiades, Congratulations on your acceptance into the OAKE Honors Youth Choir for the 3rd year in a row. We are so proud of you. The Anastasiades Family

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Concert Choir Gloria

Ola Gjeilo

Buvo duda ¯ Vilniuj Hatikva

· Jon Tamulionio išpletota

Traditional Hebrew Melody, Arr. John Leavitt Matthew Horwitz-Lee and Jacqueline Betz, violin Jonathan Jensen, string bass

Go Where I Send Thee

Gospel Spiritual Arr. Paul Caldwell & Sean Ivory

[Interlude] Treble Choir Minka

Russian Folk Song Arr. Jill Ann Jones Featuring the Beginner III class

Inuit Vignette

Michael and Mira Coghlan

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Jill Gallina

[Interlude] Lyric Choir Solstice Text by Robert Lee Wolff Happy Chanuka!

Randall Thompson Arranged by George L.O. Strid

Featuring the Intermediate III class

Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening Poem by Robert Frost New Hungarian Folk Song Text by Rachel Field 12

Alyson Shirk Béla Bartók

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Shooting Star

Andy Beck

Addie Holden, Abraham Plimpton, Zinna Moore, percussion

You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch

Albert Hague Arranged by Jeff Funk

Jonathan Jensen, string bass

intermission Concert Choir Ask the Moon

Ron Nelson

Featuring the Solfa IV Class: Molly Bishop, Liana Garrett, Olivia Hurley, Collin Power, Shae Rhinehart, Mari Wetherington, Jenna Williams, percussion Matthew Horwitz-Lee, violin t Jonathan Jensen, string bass

The Snow Text by Alice Elgar

Edward Elgar

Matthew Horwitz-Lee and Jacqueline Betz, violin

Snow By Morning Sleigh Ride text by Mitchell Parish

Joshua Shank Leroy Anderson

A Special Tribute Here’s to Song

Allister MacGillivray

Finale Gesù Bambino

Pietro A. Yon

Janice Chandler Eteme, Soprano t Matthew Horwitz-Lee, violin

Al Shlosha d’Varim

Allan E. Naplan

Vyann Eteme, Rebecca Margolis, Alyssa Platt, Grace Vaeth, soloists

“The World is sustained by three things, by truth, by justice, and by peace.” Please join us for a light reception in the lobby immediately following the concert. Snow Fantasy: Winter Concert 2011


text & translations Gloria

From the Greater Doxology of the Latin Hymn

Gloria in excelsis Deo Et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis Laudamus te, benedicimus te Adoramus te, glorificamus te

Buvo du¯ da Vilniuj Buvo dūda Vilniuj Gal buvo gal nebuvo Buvo, buvo kaip nebuvo Aš dėdyt nežinau ir namie nebuvau

Hatikva (The Hope) Kol od balevav p’nima, Nefesh y’hudi homiya Ulfaaey mizra kadim, Ayin l’tziyon tzofiya Odlo avda tikvatenu, Hatikva bat sch’not alpayim, Liyot am chofshi beartzenu, Eretz tziyon v’y’rushalayim

Inuit Vignette Northern lights, cold sky aglow Shining, shimmering. Crystal silence, Arctic snow Sparkling, glistening, breathing.


Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace to people of good will We praise you, we bless you We adore you, we glorify you

Lithuanian Folk Song

There was a horn in Vilnius Maybe it was there, maybe it was not It is like it was, it is like it was not Uncle, I do not know, I was not at home

N.H. Imber

In the Jewish heart, a Jewish spirit still sings, And the eyes look east toward Zion. Our hope is not lost, our hope of two thousand years, To be a free nation in our land, In the land of Zion and Jerusalem.

Michael and Mira Coghlan

Ancient legends whisper low, Humming, murmuring. Inuit child in the snow Watching, wondering, waiting, Praying.

Robert Lee Wolf

This is the time when the days The towers start to twinkle in the have shortened thickening dark. And the nights grow steadily more It’s the solstice, the solstice, the important time when the sun stands still And in mid-afternoon, Outside you, and inside you, you across the park, feel a bitter chill. 14

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It’s the solstice, the solstice, when the cold north wind could kill; But hold your breath and it’s Christmas Peace on earth, and to men good will

And you’re glad to have a daughter who can set you on the track, And to dine à deux Christmas time, for the sun is coming back

It’s the solstice, the solstice, when the And you look out at the glitter and the cold north wind could kill; sidewalk and the stars, But hold your breath and it’s And the Christmas shoppers hurrying Christmas past neon lighted bars, Peace on earth, and to men good will

Happy Chanuka!

Traditional Folk Song, Additional lyrics by Mary Donnelly

S’vivon, sov, sov, sov Chanuka, hu chag tov, Chag simcha hu laam Nes gadol ha ya sham Turning, turning goes the little dreydl. What a very clever toy! Chanuka brings such fun for each little girl and boy. Chanuka! A wondrous miracle happened here. Chanuka! What a happy time of year!

Ask the Moon There goes Old Man Winter now, Climbing up the slope Toward spring. He goes without his clothes, He lost them in the wind; He is a tree. See his hungry birds, The jays and lonely owl? And foxes, tooMaking quick dark shadows in the moonlight, Tracks of the scared, Running mice and rabbits. Listen!

Dreydl, spin, spin, spin Chanuka, it is a good holiday A happy holiday for our people A great miracle happened there

Thomas E. Ahlburn

He’s singing now. Hear his weird moan in the trees, And the boom, boom, boom, of his voice Round the lake. Is his the coldest, oldest voice there is? Ask the moon. Come climb the hill with him; A long slow climb’ Just you and me. It is so cold and bare But when there’s less to see We may see more And see it there more clearly.

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The Snow O snow, which sinks so light, Brown earth is hid from sight O soul, be thou as white as snow, O snow, which falls so slow, Dear earth quite warm below; O heart, so keep thy glow Beneath the snow. O snow, in thy soft grave Sad flow’rs the winter brave; O heart, so sooth and save, As does the snow. The snow must melt, must go,

Snow by Morning Some for everyone, Plenty, and more coming –

C. Alice Elgar

Fast, fast as water flow. Not thus, my soul, O sow Thy gifts to fade like snow.

O snow, thou’rt white no more, Thy sparkling too, is o’er; O soul, be as before, Was bright the snow. Then as the snow all pure, O heart be, but endure; Through all the years full sure, Not as the snow. (“By Morning” May Swenson)

fresh, dainty, airily arriving

then quickly, thickly, a gracious fleece will spread like youth, over the city.

transparent at first, each faint slice – slow, soundlessly tumbling;

a deep, bright harvest will be seeded in a night.

everywhere at once,

streets will be fields, cars fumbling sheep;

By morning we’ll be children

Austin and Ellen, We are so proud of you both. We love to hear you sing, keep it up. Love Mama and Daddy

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Al Shlosha

Pirkei Avot (Mishnah), Jewish morality law

Al shlosha, al shlosha, d’varim haolam kayam Al haemet v’al hadin v’al hashalom

The world is sustained by three things, By truth, by justice, and by peace.

We are so proud of you, Katie, and your CCM friends. Best wishes! Marc, Amy and Josie Halushka

We’re so proud of you and we love you so much! Keep singing and shining. You are a STAR! Love, Meaghan, Em and Seamie

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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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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 20

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Versatile musician Jonathan Jensen grew up listening to his older brother’s 78 rpm records and hearing folk music and jazz. He loves to play a diverse array of music and on various instruments including percussion, mandolin, banjo, and tin whistle—all of which he has played on stage with the BSO. Although his primary instrument in the orchestra is bass, he often doubles on keyboards and has been known to come up with original compositions. He once won a contest at Mill Bridge Village Ragtime Festival for a ragtime piece he composed. When not playing with the Symphony, he plays piano for contra/English country dances, performs with the Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra and the Mandolin Quartet. Mr. Jensen studied with Warren Benfield and attended Interlochen Arts Academy and Northwestern University. Before joining the Baltimore Symphony, he held the position of Principal Bass with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in Canada, and during the summer, he played bass for the Grant Park Orchestra of Chicago. Director of the Upper and Middle School String Ensembles at the Bryn Mawr School, violin teacher at the Peabody Preparatory, and conductor of the Peabody String Ensemble, Matt Horwitz-Lee has been teaching and performing in the Baltimore area since 2003. Many of Matthew’s students in Baltimore have earned the title of concertmaster for local Howard County orchestras, performed as concertmaster at the Interlochen Summer Festival, served as concertmaster for many All-State Orchestra festivals, and have been invited to the National High School Honors Orchestra. His students have won many honors and competitions to perform as soloist with orchestra including the Columbia Orchestra, Frederick Symphony Orchestra, Youth Festival Orchestra of JCC, the Peabody String Ensemble, the Young Artist Orchestra of Peabody and the highest level Peabody Youth Orchestra. An experienced performer, Matthew holds violin performance degrees from Rice University and the University of Maryland, College Park. Influences and teachers include Mimi Zweig, Kathy Winkler, Daniel Heifetz, Arnold Steinhardt and members of the Guarneri String Quartet. He was a member of Symphony Pro Musica, served as concertmaster of the Vivaldi Festival Orchestra for three years and has performed with the Washington National Opera as Principal violin. Committed to social consciousness, Horwitz-Lee has participated in numerous fundraising events, including those that benefited the United Way of Central MD, victims of Hurricane Katrina, Animal Rescue and Welfare, Yellowbarn Music Festival, 20

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and Student Scholarship Funds for the University of Maryland. Not only has he organized and performed in such events, he frequently contributes his gourmet culinary talents to these causes. Among America’s foremost lyric sopranos, Janice Chandler Eteme sings an astonishing range of music with the world’s top orchestras and conductors. She has been called “one of the loveliest soprano voices on earth” by The Baltimore Sun and “radiant” by the Cincinnati Enquirer. A pre-eminent concert soloist, Ms. Chandler Eteme sang under the baton of Robert Shaw with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. In addition, she has worked with such distinguished conductors as Marin Alsop, Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Jo Ann Falletta, Claus Peter Flor, Neal Gittleman, Raymond Harvey, Carlos Kalmar, Yakov Kreizberg, Raymond Leppard, Christof Perick, EsaPekka Salonen, Alfred Savia, Robert Spano, Vladimir Spivakov, Edo de Waart and Hugh Wolff. She has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, NHK (Japan), Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic and Hong Kong Philharmonic. In addition, she has sung at the Bard Music Festival, Grand Park Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Chautauqua Festival, Prague Autumn International Music Festival, and at the continued on page 22

Sam: Congratulations on your first year in Lyric choir! Enjoy your concert. We’re very proud of you. Mom & Dad.

Audra— You and your voice are absolutely beautiful— you should be proud of yourself! A lovely concert today and here’s looking forward to OAKE in March. Love, Daddy and Mom Snow Fantasy: Winter Concert 2011


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Blossom Music Festival. Ms. Chandler Eteme’s recordings include an inspirational solo disc entitled Devotions, DvoÍák’s Te Deum with Zdenek Macal and the New Jersey Symphony, and a forthcoming world-premiere recording of Maslanka’s Mass. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in vocal performance from Oakwood College, a Master of Music in vocal performance from Indiana University, and has studied with Virginia Zeani, Margaret Harshaw and Todd Duncan. Jacqueline Betz began studying the violin at the age of four and a half at the Peabody Preparatory. Since that time she has received the Dean’s Recognition Award and a Performance Award, played in the Vella Silver Honors Recital, and won the Junior Concerto Competition with the Preparatory String Ensemble at Peabody. She has also placed first, second, and third at the Maryland State Music Teachers Association String Solo Festival for her age group. Jacqueline is now a junior at the Bryn Mawr School, where she participates in the String Ensemble, and enjoys rowing Crew.

Special thanks to these vital CCM supporters: Allstate Leasing and the Baron family Wisteria Sage Floral Arts and the Clum family Albert Kirchmayr, Chocolatier


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concert volunteers Box Office

Concert Parents

Angela Burneko, Lida Castro, Lisa Lacson, Maria Wetherington

Jamie Perry, Coordinator Densua Bloom, Katy Couch, Michelle Cummings, Jim Garrett, Lisa Parsons

Crowd Management Emma Cervone, Natalie Dixon, Tina Hanley, Quentina Harmon, Jody Holden, Stuart Martin, Melanie Parker, Marge Smith, Tom Walsh, Kim Weisheit


Betsy and James Garrett, Co-Coordinators


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Hall Monitoring

Lorna Clum

Theresa Volpe, Coordinator

Instrument Wrangler Joe Balkoski


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Photography Team

David Cook, Kevin Cummings, Wolfgang Justen, Annette Heimlich, Guillermo Lopez, Amelia Schuler, Jose J. Huertas

Multifunction TroubleshootersÂ

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Ad Coordinators

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Set-up/Clean-up & Riser Crew

Susan Shofer

Kyle Parsons, John Scott, Joel Tyson

Stage Management

Michael Kurek, Kirsten Merryman, Larry Schuler


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Web Design

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Snow Fantasy: Winter Concert 2011


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.

2011-2012 season October 22, 2011 Concert with Dagilelis Boychoir of Lithuania St. Casimir Church, Baltimore

December 4, 2011, 3:00pm 36th Anniversary Winter Concert: Snow Fantasy

The Gordon Center for Performing Arts t 3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue, Owings Mills, MD

Sunday, March 25, 2012 Charlestown Retirement Community Concert March 31, 2012, 7:30 PM “St. Matthew’s Passion,” Bach Concert Series Christ Lutheran Church, Baltimore

Saturday, April 28, 2012 Family Concert The Bryn Mawr School

Sunday, April 29, 2012, 3 PM Spring Concert The Bryn Mawr School

Schedule is subject to change.


Children’s Chorus of Maryland

Congratulations to NINA

& CCM Love— Lola Mama Papa Babushka

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Snow Fantasy Program Booklet  

Concert booklet for the 36th Annual Winter Concert

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