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36th Anniversary Spring Concert Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 1:00 pm Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 3:00 pm The Bryn Mawr School, Centennial Hall 109 West Melrose Avenue, Baltimore, 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 “Colorful World” titling by Garrett Oie Interior program design by Kathrine Forster Kuo, Colorful World: Spring Concert 2012



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sk a child what her favorite color is and she will tell you without hesitation. It might be a toss-up between two favorite hues, but a child simply knows! So do most adults. Color choice is probably the most easily accepted of all choices we can make and share. No one groans or judges when someone says he likes “blue.” It is simply one choice among a cadre of beautiful choices. Color evokes emotion and many times unearths memories carefully and lovingly stored. For your pleasure, today we offer a spectrum of color for your ears and eyes as we celebrate our “Colorful World.” Today’s repertoire selection is a joint effort between former Children’s Chorus of Maryland Artistic Director Mairee Pantzer and me. A 2012 spring concert about color was her incredible idea and I couldn’t be more grateful for her guidance musically and artistically! I’ve long thought America’s music, with its songs based on folklore and tales of the Wild West, quite colorful. It wasn’t until I started searching through scores that I realized that the lyrics to these tunes are also filled with color words. Each choir today offers the flavor of America’s past in songs that you might remember from your childhood. CCM’s Lyric Choir is pleased to present two concert premieres of works this spring. The first is Jonathan Jensen’s delightful setting of Lewis Carroll’s acrostic poem from Through the Looking Glass. In his program notes, Jonathan Jensen writes: “With the music, I have attempted to capture the poem’s sense of the innocence and fleeting pleasures of childhood.” The second premiere is Amna Hashmi’s piece “Land of the Silver Birch.” Amna is a graduate of CCM and a senior at the Bryn Mawr School. Her piece originated as an assignment for Mairee Pantzer’s Solfa IV class. Amna introduced her piece to me last year and I knew it had to be programmed as the silver element of our concert! Lyric Choir played with a variety of introductions to the piece and finally settled on woodsy sounds over a single tone, a haunting introduction to Amna’s arrangement of this Canadian folk song. Thank you, Jonathan and Amna for your contributions! Julia Bielefeld’s lighting is designed to subtly reflect the mood of each piece, a performative luxury thanks to her talents and Bryn Mawr’s Centennial Hall capabilities. It is my hope that you allow the beautiful world of color and the remarkable sound of the Children’s Chorus of Maryland choirs to enchant you this spring of 2012. Alyson Shirk, Artistic Director Colorful World: Spring Concert 2012



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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 Phyllis Jean Lehman Abigail Lo Kendall McCoach Austin Nikirk Abigail Pepin

Madeline Pepin Eve Plank Christopher Plimpton Collin Power Shae Rhinehart Sydney Siegmeister Marissa Thobe ZoĂŤ Valentino Mari Wetherington Jenna Williams

Sasha Howard Leon Kowalczyk Marlo Lacson Audra Lane Katie Lee Abby Levine Rebecca Margolis Michael Martin Olivia Merryman Zinna Moore Naomi Naka Ellen Nikirk Alana Parker

Giulia Parsons 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

Giulia, Congratulations on another wonderful CCM year! We continue to see you grow... in education...performance and as the wonderful person you are! We Love You! Mommy, Daddy and Sophia

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

Sophia Justen Giulio Katinis Margaret Kelly Victoria Kelly Emma Koren Brian Lee Eli Lehman Mateo Lopez-Castro Julia Michael Marie Naka Julia Parker Timothy Pepin Jeremy Plimpton Nora Walsh Meghan Ward

KATE! We see your true colors shining through this year! Good luck to you and your CCM friends. Love, Mommy, Daddy and Josie

Austin and Ellen, you add such wonderful color to our lives with your beautiful voices. We are so proud of you. Love Mama and Daddy


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staff Ramona Galey

Andrea Burgoyne

Dr. Alyson Shirk

Meryem Ahmadian

Executive Director Artistic Director

Operations Director

Administrative Assistant

Dr. Betty Bertaux

Founder, Education 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— Crickets, 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

Madison We are so proud of you. Congrats on your first solo. Love, Dad, Mom, Davis, Grammie, Grampie, and Uncle Scotty

Sam: Congratulations on completing your first year in Lyric! Now that the work (and play) this semester is behind you, have a marvelous time at your concert! Love, Mom & Dad


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

Anya Grundmann, Secretary Executive Producer, National Public Radio (NPR) and CCM alumna

Betty Bertaux, Former Secretary Founder, CCM; Education Director

James R. Glover President, GW Financial; Professor, Essex Community College

Kevin Platt, Treasurer Director of Rehabilitation Services, Northwest Hospital, LifeBridge Health; CCM parent

advisory board Carol Bogash Director of Education, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra James R. Glover, Chair President, GW Financial

Patricia McKewen Amato Pianist, Conductor

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 2011–2012 Season as of April 16, 2012

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 Wiessner Foundation Cory Williams

Sponsors ($500 – $999) Dr. Nancy Grasmick Maureen Walsh


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

Melo Vaeth Mary Weller

($100 – $249)

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

Elizabeth Garrett Kathrine Kuo Leslie Margolis Michael Mauro David and Kathleen Power Mary Riordan Megan Leah Roberts John Watt

($50 – $99)

Carol Baumerich Brian Binney Meliss Casciero Fran Landolf & Core Consulting Jonathan Jensen

(up to $49)

Julie DiBella Marc Halushka

Michael Meyers Nonprofits Mutual RRG John O’Hara J Karl Sachs, DDS

Dana Johnson Anthony Meyers, In Honor of Marianne Meyers

Audra, what a beautiful and colorful performance. thank you for such a treat! (CCM faculty and staff, thank you too!) Love, Daddy & Mom

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Combined Choirs Prelude: “Colorful World” Reflections written by CCM Students All Things Bright and Beautiful 17th C. English Melody Arr. Betty Bertaux Soloists: Madison Cote, Frances Garrett Ensemble: Nina Feliciano, Grace Heffernan, Abigail Hines, Alyssa Ince

Interlude I “Love is Blue”

Arr. Roger Williams Patricia McKewen Amato, piano

Treble Choir Red River Dances

American Folk Tunes Arr. Cristi Cary Miller

Come Closer Music by Daniel Kallman Words by Daniel and Christine Kallman Soloists: Heather Elky, Brian Lee, Emma Koren, Edwin Harmon

Over the Rainbow Words by E.Y. Harburg

Music by Harold Arlen

Soloists: Jenna Williams, Mari Wetherington

Interlude II Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum

Claude Debussy

Abigail Lo, piano


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Lyric Choir Land of the Silver Birch Arr. CCM Graduate Amna Hashmi A Boat Beneath a Sunny Sky Words by Lewis Carroll Beautiful Soup Words by Lewis Carroll

Canadian Folk Tune

Music by Jonathan Jensen

Music by Tom Benjamin

Featuring the Intermediate III Class: Kristina Anastasiades, Emma Balkoski, Laura Gilchrist, Nora Hanley, Marianne Howard, Abby Levine, Rebecca Margolis, Zinna Moore, Naomi Naka, Ellen Nikirk, Katherine Shock

Little Red Bird

Traditional Manx Lullaby Arr. Vijay Singh

Soloist: Ehren Dietrick Ensemble: Audra Lane, Katie Lee, Olivia Merryman, Elizabeth Volpe

Blue Skies

Words and Music by Irving Berlin Arr. Roger Emerson

Little Brown Jug

Traditional American Folk Song Arr. Greg Gilpin

intermission Concert Choir Sing Creation’s Music On Words by John Clare Shady Grove Lake Isle of Innisfree Words by W.B. Yeats

Music by Stephen Paulus

American Folk Song Arr. Betty Bertaux Music by Eleanor Daley

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Las Amarillas

Traditional Mexican Huapango Arr. Stephen Hatfield

Moon River Words by Johnny Mercer I am Not Yours Words by Sara Teasdale

Music by Henry Mancini Arr. Ed Lojeski Music by Z. Randall Stroope

Featuring the Solfa IV class: Molly Bishop, Liana Garrett, Olivia Hurley, Collin Power, Shae Rhinehart,Mari Wetherington, Jenna Williams

Colors of the West

American Folk Song Medley Arr. Earlene Rentz

Ensemble: Olivia Hurley, Kirsten Hines, Eve Plank, Marissa Thobe

Concert and Lyric Choirs What a Wonderful World Words and Music by George David Weiss and Bob Thiele Arr. Mark A. Brymer

All Choirs America The Beautiful Lyrics by Katherine Lee Bates

Music by Samuel A. Ward Arr. Betty Bertaux

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

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texts & translations A Boat Beneath A Sunny Sky

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

A boat, beneath a sunny sky, Lingering onward dreamily In an evening of July—

Children three that nestle near, Eager eye and willing ear, Pleased a simple tale to hear—

Long has paled that sunny sky: Echoes fade and memories die: Autumn frosts have slain July.

Still she haunts me, phantomwise. A lice moving under skies Never seen by waking eyes. Children yet, the tale to hear, Eager eye and willing ear, Lovingly shall nestle near.

In a Wonderland they lie, Dreaming as the days go by, Dreaming as the summers die:

Ever drifiting down the stream— Lingering in the golden gleam— Life, what is it but a dream?

Beautiful Soup!

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

Beautiful soup, so rich and green, waiting in a hot tureen Who for such dainties would not stoop? Soup of the evening, beautiful soup Beautiful soup, who cares for fish, game or any other dish, Who would not give all else for two penny worth of beautiful soup. continued on page 18

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Sing Creation’s Music On

( John Clare 1793-1864)

Sing creation’s music on Nature’s glee is in ev’ry mood and tone. Eternity. Nature’s universal tongue singeth here Songs I’ve heard and felt and seen ev’rywhere. Songs like the grass are evergreen. Everwhere. The giver said live and be and they have been forever. Songs I’ve heard and felt and seen ev’rywhere.

Las Amarillas The yellow larks fly from their cactuses No longer will the cardinals sing happily their “tirana-na-na” and “tirana-na-no” No longer will the cardinals sing happily

(Translation by Dan Parvaz)

The trees on the hillside, since they haven’t revived For this the larks sing, or the nest hold them down their “tirana-na-na” and “tirana-na-no” For this the larks sing, or the nest hold them down

You are little and beautiful, and the way you are, I love you You look like a little rose from the shores of Guerrero with your “tirana-na-na” and “tirana-na-no” Like a little rose from the shores of Guerrero In the middle of the sea a whale sighed And in those sighs he who dried up the flood spoke with his “tirana-na-na” and “tirana-na-no” And in those sighs he who dried up the flood spoke

My father was a sparrow hawk and I was born to peck and peck Where I place my beak, I’m like a trumpeter with my “tirana-na-na” and “tirana-na-no” Everyone has their farewells, but none is like this Like a “tirana-na-na” and a “tirana-na-no” Everyone has their farewells, but none is like this Four times five is twenty, three times seven is twenty-one Four times five is twenty, three times seven is twenty-one Four times five is twenty, three times seven is twenty-one With a “tirana-na-na” and a “tirana-na-no”


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The Lake Isle of Innisfree

W.B. Yeats (1865-1939)

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree, And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made: Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honeybee, And live alone in the bee-loud glade. And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow, Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings; There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow, And evening full of the linnet’s wings. I will arise and go now, for always night and day I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore; While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey, I hear it in the deep heart’s core.

I Am Not Yours

I am not yours, not lost in you, Not lost, although I long to be Lost as a candle lit at noon, Lost as a snowflake in the sea.

You love me, and I find you still A spirit beautiful and bright, Yet I am I, who long to be Lost as a light is lost in light.

Sara Teasdale (1884-1933)

Oh plunge me deep in love—put out My senses, leave me deaf and blind, Swept by the tempest of your love, A taper in a rushing wind.

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Julian —Watching you sing is pure magic. You have blossomed into an amazing musician. Have a wonderful concert. We love you so much!!!! —Your loving family—

Marissa Thobe — WOW—5 years with CCM!! We are so proud of you! You are our Shining Star! Love you so much, Mom, Dad, Omi and Opa

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 23

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We are so proud of you Olivia. Nine years with CCM and you have blossomed into an amazing performer. We love you and pray for your gifts to continue blessing all those around you. Love, Mom and Nezam

Michael, If you keep on singing, we will keep on listening! Congratulations on another great year at CCM. Love, Mom, Dad, your grandparents, and Cuddles.

“Thanks Mari, for the song, voice is sweeter than dew at dawn, growin’ older and getting strong, my pride for you just grows along.” From “Thanks” by Max Wetherington

We love you! Dad, Mom, Max, Miles, Bütz, Ted & Joe


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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. Abigail Lo started taking private piano lessons with Mr. Robert Hitz at age four. After five years, she began a new chapter of her piano study last fall in the Peabody Preparatory program. Under the mentorship of Mrs. Elizabeth Azcona-Hartmark, Abigail’s first year has been smooth and fruitful. She was invited to perform in the Vella Silver Honors Recital last winter and she recently won the Junior Division of the Part Recital Competition. Abigail has been a proud chorister in the Children’s Chorus of Maryland for three years. She is now a junior member in the Concert Choir. Abigail also loves dancing. She studies ballet, jazz, modern and tap in The Moving Company Dance Center and she performs with the studio’s dance company. continued on page 25

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As a current faculty member and Alumna of The Bryn Mawr School, Julia Bielefeld is delighted to welcome the Children’s Chorus of Maryland to her home theater. She has been designing lighting and stage managing performances since high school. During her undergraduate degree 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. Her favorite part of being a lighting designer is inspiring future generations of designers to play with light, color and space. Julia especially enjoys creative projects where she is able to collaborate with her students on all aspects of a show’s design. Brendon Brown picked up the electric bass in 2003, a year after graduating high school. His first bass teacher, Tom Pita, turned him onto jazz and classical music. At that point, he changed his major to music and transferred to Towson University to study under Josh Davis and Victor Dvoskin. The final two years at Towson were spent under the instruction of Jeff Reed. Since graduating in 2009, Brendon has gigged regularly in the Baltimore and DC areas. He was bassist for the Baltimore blues rock outfit, The Herd of Main Street, from 2007-2010. Brendon’s current activities include upright and electric bass instruction and recording a sophomore release with roots rock band, Blankus Larry. He is also studying to become a Luthier of violin family instruments.

Alyssa, you continue to amaze us with your musical growth! We are so proud of you! Love, Mommy, Daddy, Cody and Ashley

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The thrushes sing as the sun is going, And the finches whistle in ones and pairs, And as it gets dark loud nightingales In bushes Pipe, as they can when April wears, As if all Time were theirs. These are brand new birds of twelve-months’ growing Which a year ago, or less than twain No finches were, nor nightingales, Nor thrushes, But only particles of grain, And earth, and air, and rain.



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

Floral Designer

Hall Monitoring

Monica Bernabei Katinis, Curtis Cooper, Staci Georgiou, Ginna Kelly, Kelli Ostrom, Pam Ward Angela Burneko, Lida Castro, Lisa Lacson, Deb Lee

Jamie Perry, Coordinator Amy Côté, David Naka, Betsy Huttar Naka, Lisa Parsons, Kim Weisheit Betsy and James Garrett, Co-Coordinators Lorna Clum

Theresa Volpe, Coordinator

Instrument Wrangler Joe Balkoski Merchandise

Melissa Lane, Coordinator

Photography Team

David Cook, Kevin Cummings, Annette Heimlich, Wolfgang Justen, Guillermo Lopez

Multifunction Troubleshooters

Betsy Garrett, Emily Hines, Allison Nikirk

Program Advertising Tracy Lo, Coordinator Reception

Nancy Anastasiades, Yan Jiang, Co-Coordinators

Stage Management

Michael Kurek, Larry Schuler

Set-up/Clean-up & Riser Crew Uniforms

Ushers & Traffic Directors Videographer

Web Developer

Brent Baron, Kyle Parsons, Joel Tyson, Tom Walsh Allison Nikirk, Coordinator

Densua Bloom, Emma Cervone, Natalie Dixon, Ginna Kelly, Jennifer Koren, Deb Lee, Linda Lehman, Stuart Martin, Melanie Parker, Mary Rhinehart, Maria Wetherington Maureen Martin Amelia Schuler

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

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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 dates! 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 2012-2013 Season: Sunday, December 2, 2012 Holiday Concert

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

Sunday, May 5, 2013 Spring Concert

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


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