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Susan Bialek, Artistic Director Patricia McKewen Amato, Piano

Sharing Our Songs SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2016

Gordon Center for Performing Arts 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills

41st Anniversary Holiday Concert Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 3:00 PM Gordon Center for Performing Arts Owings Mills, Maryland Susan Bialek, Artistic Director Patricia McKewen Amato, Piano

320 E. Towsontown Blvd. Terrace Level • Towson, MD 21286 410-494-1480 •

Children’s Chorus of Maryland is funded in part 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 design by Kathrine Forster Kuo,

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MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS The Betty Bertaux Memorial Scholarship Fund CCM’s late Founder, Betty Bertaux, was committed to the ideal that no musically talented child would ever be turned away from Children’s Chorus of Maryland because of an inability to afford the tuition. When Betty passed away in 2014, a memorial scholarship endowment fund was created in her honor, to help CCM continue that commitment. Betty’s legacy lives on in the students she taught, the music she composed, the teachers and musicians she mentored, and at CCM—the school she created and nurtured for nearly 40 years. We welcome contributions to the Betty Bertaux Memorial Fund, so that we may further the cause to which Betty devoted her life—nurturing young musicians, helping them learn what they need in order to share their gifts with the world, and feeding their souls.

The Bill Snyder Memorial Scholarship Fund The Bill Snyder Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund was established in 2016 to honor the memory of Bill Snyder, the late, beloved Building Manager at Towson’s Cranston Building, the home of the Children’s Chorus of Maryland. Bill loved children, music and CCM. He was devoted to keeping the Cranston Building and its grounds, and CCM’s suite in the building, in excellent shape at all times, for the benefit of the students, staff and parents of CCM. Bill’s cheerful, professional disposition and extremely positive energy always spread a very bright light around the Cranston Building and at CCM, and he is deeply missed by all of us who relied on his skills and his unshakable good nature. We welcome additional contributions to the Bill Snyder Memorial Fund, so that Bill’s tender and generous care of CCM may continue, in the form of funding deserving students. · (410) 494-1480 If you would like to commemorate a loved one by creating a memorial scholarship in their honor, please call us to discuss the possibilities. The objective of CCM’s Memorial Scholarship Endowment Funds is to maintain the principal in perpetuity, while the earnings are used to provide need-based financial assistance to CCM students. Scholarships may be applied to things such as tuition, supplies, uniforms, special events. study materials, and tour costs.

From the Artistic Director Twenty-two CCM singers attended a fabulous music festival called the Pacific International Choral Festival last June. Although singers from ten different choirs worked together as one massed 300-voice chorus for much of each day, in the evening the participating choirs took turns performing for one another in what were called Sharing our Songs concerts. We were all choruses, but from different places in the U.S., with varied experiences, but yet, we had all invested months of extra rehearsal time to be ready to gather together to work side by side and celebrate our common journey in choral music. There could not have been a more appreciative audience for each group than the peers with whom they worked side by side earlier that same day. This experience, coupled with learning about and watching the occurrences unfolding around our world, led me to imagine that we might approach our concert similarly. So many people gather with family to celebrate at this time of year. Although in different countries, set far apart, celebrating differently and singing and listening in different languages, somehow the tradition of the role of music in marking this joyous time of year is shared. We know you will recognize some of the music you will hear today and some will be completely unfamiliar. We will sing some of the selections this afternoon in their native languages and some in English translation. You will notice a piece called Come Little Leaves in the Lyric Choir portion of the program. This piece was commissioned by a group of children’s choirs in the United States as part of a commission consortium organized by Chorus America. Commissioning new works to be written by a composer just for one choir or one occasion can be prohibitively expensive. Commissioning as one member of a consortium makes it possible to participate in the premiering of new compositions and also helps support rising composers in their work. We are happy to present Mark Wilberg’s new composition today. Next year the concert choir will premiere another piece which has been commissioned by Andrea Ramsey. You will also notice the Concert Choir will move around more than usual between songs. Please know we are doing this because each singer has been asked to sing different parts for specific pieces. This is to give each singer the opportunity to develop a different part of his or her voice and also to ask each singer to work on singing a different layer of the harmony. Singers become very accustomed to singing on the top, middle or bottom of the harmony and the ensemble can continue to improve with increased versatility where possible. We will try to all walk as elegantly as possible so as not to be distracting to your listening. On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Children’s Chorus of Maryland, we wish you all a very safe, joyous and peaceful holiday time with your families, —Susan Bialek, Artistic Director Sharing Our Songs: Holiday Concert 2016


Love hearing your beautiful voices. Congratulations La’Mya & Madisyn!! Love, Me-Ma

Emmy, Sara, Wilson & Connor—You add so much to the success of CCM. Thank you for your commitment! Dana & Scott

2016–2017 Roster Concert Choir Lily Batchelor Madison Cote Kierstin Cummings Julija DeVance Campbell DiCarlo La’Mya Flowers Julia Gaevsky Edwin Harmon

Marlo Lacson Chris Lamoureux Abigail Morris Sara Orlinsky Meredith Pepin Timothy Pepin Jesse Plank Abraham Plimpton

Laney Plimpton Emmy Pratt Samuel Schuler Emma Shannon Grace Vaeth Elizabeth Volpe Charlotte Zang

Joselyn Belcher Joey Blank Isabella Briggs Molly Bugg Morgen Christian Caroline Cook Mairead DeBrabander Madelyn Dwyer Anna Fugelso Emily Georgiou Autumn Gilliam

Janet Gosnell Eileen Gregory Olivia Kasperski Zoe Kazanzides Dennis Kupchenko Eli Lehman Megan McCormick Meredith Moore Eve Moran Mattie Mueller Ayeyi Opoku

Inshera Opoku Noelle Plimpton Wilson Pratt Michelle Reynoso Pyotr Sergeevykh Morgan Sessa Malaika Walker Berlyn Wells-Huber Harrison Wimms Alaya Zsebenyi Zoe Zsebenyi

Marlena Althouse Lydia Aus Judah Belcher Camille Brotman Alexandra Corwell Tabitha Croxton Will Dalton Heaven Davis Madisyn Flowers Gil Hair-Ralston Kofi Hair-Ralston

Ashley Ince Calleigh Johnson Kezia Jones Sevil Kallam Marta Karpovich Maxine Koymen Natalie Labrique Mariella Lehman Nayiri Manukyan Zaria Mayo Lydia Montcalmo

Zoe Niessen Scarlett O’Comartun Gabriella Pangborn Mercy Pantzer Connor Pratt Gabriel Sack Kaitlyn Seibel Devyani Sharma Colette Vannier Jamison Washington Wren Zsebenyi

Lyric Choir

Treble Choir

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Staff Andrea Burgoyne

Meryem Ahmadian

Susan Bialek

Ramona Galey

Executive Director Artistic Director

Christina Owens

Program Coordinator Finance Director

Marketing Director

Faculty Patricia McKewen Amato Piano

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

Susan Bialek

Artistic Director, Teacher – Solfa I

B.A. Music, Vassar College M.A.T., Music Education, Manhattanville College Kodály Certification Level III, Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford Director of Music, Dutchess Day School, 1992-2014 Co-founder and Director, Cappella Festiva Treble Choir, 2006-2014 President, Dutchess County Music Educators Association, 2012-2014

Lyndsay Davies

Teacher – CCM Outreach Program

B.M.Ed., Grove City College M.M.Ed., Kodály Emphasis, American Kodály Institute, Loyola University Teacher, Children’s Chorus of Maryland Conservatory Program (2009-2013) Music Teacher, Harford County Public Schools (2000-2010)


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Len Langrick

Early Childhood Program Director; Teacher – Crickets; Summer Day Camp Coordinator Music Teacher, Indian Creek School B.M.Ed., Western Michigan University M.M., Indiana University Kodály Certification Level III, Silver Lake College Orff-Schulwerk Certification, Level III, West Chester University Musikgarten Certification (early childhood)

Lauren McDougle

Education Director Teacher – Beginner I, Intermediate II, Solfa IV

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

Jennifer Miller

Teacher – Beginner III, Intermediate III, Solfa III

Kodály certification, Loyola University B.S. Mus Ed, Towson University M.M.Mus Ed, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Choral Director, Loyola Blakefield (1999-2013)

Angela Pope

Teacher—Beginner II, Intermediate I, Solfa II

Choir Director & Music Teacher, Harper’s Choice Middle School, Howard County Public School System Co-Director Howard County Children’s Chorus – Cantus Chorus B. M. Ed. University of Delaware M. M. Ed., Kodály Emphasis, Loyola University, American Kodály Institute

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Board of Directors Dr. Jack Vaeth, President CCM Parent Liaison; Psychiatrist Andrea Burgoyne, Secretary CCM Executive Director; CCM Alumni Parent Ramona Galey, Treasurer CCM Finance Director

Susan Goetze CCM Alumni Parent; Owner, Sinclair Leasing

Patricia McKewen Amato Music Coach and Accompanist, Towson University, American Institute of Musical Studies (Austria), and Children’s Chorus of Maryland

Advisory Board Carol Bogash Retired Director of Education, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra James R. Glover, Chair Retired, CCM Alumni Parent

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

Nancy Grasmick, Ph.D. Retired State Superintendent of Schools, Maryland Department of Education

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Ronald Gretz Artistic Director, Annapolis Opera Company

Thomas Hall Music Director, Baltimore Choral Arts Society 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




Did you know…

• That a recent study shows that the average American listens to music four hours per day—which equals 60 full days a year, and 13 full YEARS of musiclistening in an average lifetime? • That childhood music training is associated with gains in spatial and mathematical reasoning and complex language-use, in addition to the joy and fulfillment of music-making? • That people who continue their choral singing into their later years report higher morale, more social engagement, fewer falls and less need for medication than their non-choral-singing counterparts? • That music is so beneficial to the brain and body that it’s used in the treatment of many neurological dysfunctions, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and stroke?

• That relatively few people are still engaging in team sports by the time they’re 40, but a high percentage of those who participate in group musicmaking as children remain involved throughout their lives? • That according to a 2014 study of nonprofit organization longevity, CCM has outlived the majority of nonprofits registered with the IRS, and has survived twice as long as the median NPO lifespan? • That despite these statistics, the nonprofit arts sector is suffering declines in public support, corporate, foundation and private donorship, and admissions revenue? • That ticket sales and performance fees make up only 5% of CCM’s revenue? • That tuition covers only 50% of the cost of a CCM education? • That for 40 years, CCM has maintained founder Betty Bertaux’s commitment that no qualified child would be turned away due to inability to pay?

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Concert Donors List 2016–2017 Season as of November 2016

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+) Ramona Galey & The Estate of Betty Bertaux Maryland State Arts Council Jayne H. Plank

JS Plank and DM Dicarlo Family Foundation National Endowment for the Arts

Benefactors ($5,000 - $9,999) Wendy & Steve Scheinberg

Patrons ($1,000 - $2,499) This performance is made possible in part through sponsorship of the Baltimore County Executive, County Council and Commission on Arts and Sciences.

320 E Towsontown Blvd, LLC Patricia M. Amato Associated Catholic Charities Andrea Burgoyne

Susan Goetze St. Andrews Christian Community Church Henry & Donna Rae Smith

Sponsors ($500 – $999) Community Foundation of New Jersey Smith & Downey

Tina & Ed Owens Kelly Emerson & Earle Pratt

Contributors & Sustainers ($250 – $499) Yara Cheikh & Firmin DeBrabander Creating Equity, LLC

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Marian Goetze Len & Cindy Levering


Awakening the Natural Musician in Your Child a series of eight educational articles on how to nurture your child’s natural musical abilities written by CCM Faculty

Supported in part by a Challenge America Grant Award from the National Endowment for the Arts to the Children’s Chorus of Maryland


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Donors ($100 – $249)

Duckpin Design Laurie & David Cook Timothy & Jeanine Christian Yara Cheikh & Firmin DeBrabander Kelley Dunn-Feliz Dennis & Kathrine Kuo Thomas McGreevy Melaleuca, Inc.

Megan Leah Roberts Frank & Karal Seibel Trung Ho John Watt Mary Weller Nadine & Eric Zsebenyi

($50 – $99) Michael Alto

(up to $49)

Jason Herring Michelle Lamoureux

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Charles & Ruth Spivak

Stacy & David Plimpton


Program Susan Bialek, Conductor Patricia McKewen Amato, Piano

Lyric and Concert Choirs Jubilate Deo

David Brunner

Shane Coughlin, Brandon Sklute, trumpet · Becky Ballenger, French horn Monica Althouse, trombone · Jason Stephens, tuba

Treble, Lyric and Concert Choirs Winter is Near

I. Zaninelli

Treble Choir Merry Elves work with One Hammer Based on American Folksong Special accompaniment by Concert Choir

The Cuckoo Carol, Czech Translation by Percy Dearmer Hine Ma Tov, Israeli The Dark Softly Falling, Austrian Minka, Russian

Arranged by Edmund Walters Arranged by Betty Bertaux Arranged by Harriet Ziegenhals Arranged by Jill Ann Jones

Interlude Angels We Have Heard on High

Arranged by Keith Snell

Shane Coughlin, Brandon Sklute, trumpet · Becky Ballenger, French horn Monica Althouse, trombone · Jason Stephens, tuba


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Lyric Choir Medieval Gloria Come Little Leaves

Vijay Singh Mark Wilberg/George Cooper

Shared world premiere through participation in Chorus America’s Commission Consortium 2015

Angels’ Carol

John Rutter

O Ir Kleyne Likhtelekh, Yiddish

Arranged by David Eddelman

Bring A Torch, Jeannette Isabella, French

Arranged by Donna Gartman Schultz

Pastoral, Hungarian Translated by Jeremy Jackson

Miklós Kocsár

15 MINUTE INTERMISSION Concert and Lyric Choirs Nutcracker Jingles James Pierpont/Peter Tchaikovsky/Chuck Bridwell Dona Nobis Pacem Caccini Arranged by Litz/Hay “For all children anywhere who pray for peace in our world everywhere.” —Helen Litz

Interlude Let There be Peace on Earth

Sy Miller

CCM alumna, Meryem Ahmadian, soprano Patricia McKewen Amato, piano

Concert Choir O Tannenbaum, German

Arranged by William Bohn

Ta´nse–lama´nce w cudownej stajence, Polish Stanislaw Szczycinski Translation by Jeremy Jackson and Mieczyslawa Sobolewska Ett Nyfött Barn, Swedish English text by Bob Chilcott Deck the Hall, Welsh

Robert Sund and Christer Asberg Arranged by John Rutter

Ave Verum Corpus Eatnemen Vuelie, Silesian (Czech/Polish) and Sami (Scandinavian) Sharing Our Songs: Holiday Concert 2016

Eleanor Daley Frode Fjellheim 15

Bidi Bom

Arranged by David Eddelman

The First Noel

Arranged by Daniel Forrest

Go Where I send Thee

Arranged by Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory

Interlude A Celtic Overture

Arranged by Larry Shackley Patricia McKewen Amato, piano

Treble, Lyric and Concert Choirs Cornish Wassail

Arranged by Betty Bertaux

Audience, please join us on the last chorus!

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


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texts & translations Jubilate Deo Based on Psalm 100 Jubilate Deo, omnis terra; servite Domino in laetitia. Introite in conspectu ejus in exsultatione.

O be joyful in the LORD, all ye lands: serve the LORD with gladness, and come before his presence with a song.

Know that the Lord alone is God It is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Sing joyfully to God all the earth; Serve the Lord with gladness Enter into his presence with great joy!

Winter is Near The skies grow gray, the winds blow strong, Winter, winter, winter is near The icy trees wave arms so long, Winter, winter, winter is near. Overhead a swirling white-ness Starts to fall all around us, Winter, winter, winter is here!

Merry Elves Work with One Hammer Merry elves work with one hammer, then they work with two Merry elves work with two hammers, then they work with three Merry elves work with three hammers, then they work with four. Merry elves work with four hammers, but not any more! continued on page 19

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The Cuckoo Carol From out of a wood did a cuckoo fly, Cuckoo He came to a manger with joyful cry, Cuckoo He hopped, he curtsied, round he flew And loud his jubilation grew, Cuckoo!

A pigeon flew over to Galilee, Vrercroo He strutted and cooed and was full of glee, Vrercroo And showed, with jeweled wings unfurled, His joy that Christ was in the world. Vrercroo A dove settled down upon Nazareth, Tsucroo And tenderly chanted with all his breath, Tsucroo. O you, he cooed, so good and true, my beauty do I give to you, Tsucroo Cuckoo, Vrercroo, Tsucroo.

Hine Ma Tov Hine ma tov uma nayim, she vet achim gam yachad

How good and pleasant it is that people live together in peace.

The Dark Softly Falling The dark softly falling brings with it the night. So come we before you, our Savior and Light, To be singing a lullaby to our loved ones so small, We know you’re not sleeping we still hear your call. Hei-hei, hei-hei, now sleep dearest child. Ah, yes in that stable how lovely thou art. Oh, how from your good could we never depart? We sing you a melody to wish you our best While angels from heaven are bringing you rest. Hei-hei, hei-hei, now sleep dearest child.

Forget not oh little ones, discomfort and care, That you in your manger must patiently bear. The angels who watch o’er the place where you lie, Bring beauty no king for his palace could buy. Hei-hei, hei-hei, now sleep dearest child. continued on page 20

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Minka Merry bells go tingalingle Toes and fingers freeze and tingle With our friends we love to mingle While the snowflakes fall. Boys and girls are out together Clad in coats of fur and leather Made to brave the coldest weather When the sleighbells ring. Sleigh bells ring, tingaling Steeple bells, ding dong ding Ting a ling, ting a ling Ding dong ding, ding dong ding

As we ride our song goes ringing Through the air its echoes winging Til the wind seems full of singing So we speed along Through the town and by the river Where the birches sigh and quiver and the birds are silent never joining in our song

Medieval Gloria Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis Laudamus te, benedicmus te, adoramus te, glorificamus te Gratias agimus tibi propter magnam Gloriam tu am Domine Deus!

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, we give you thanks for your great glory

Come, Little Leaves “Come, little leaves”, said the wind one day, “Come o’er the meadows with me and play; Put on your dresses of red and gold; Summer is gone and the days grow cold.”

Soon as the leaves heard the wind’s loud call, Down they came fluttering , one and all; Over the brown fields they danced and flew, Singing the soft little songs they knew.


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“Cricket, goodbye, we’ve been friends so long; Little brook, sing us your farewell song Say you are sorry to see us go; Ah! You are sorry, right well we know.” “Dear little lambs, in your fleecy fold, Mother will keep you from harm and cold; Fondly we’ve watched you in vale and glade; Say, will you dream of your loving shade?”

Dancing and whirling the little leaves went; Winter had called them and they were content Soon fast asleep in their earthy beds, The snow lay a coverlet o’er their heads.

Angels’ Carol Have you heard the sound of the angel voices Ringing out so sweetly, ringing out so clear? Have you seen the star shining out so brightly As a sign from God that Christ the Lord is here?

Have you heard the news that they bring from heaven To the humble shepherds who have waited long? Gloria, in excelsis Deo, Gloria in excelsis Deo! Hear the angels sing their joyful song. He is come in peace in the winter’s stillness, Like a gentle snowfall in the gentle night; He is come in joy like the sun at morning Filling all the world with radiance and with light. He is come in love as the child of Mary; In a simple stable we have seen his birth; Gloria, in excelsis Deo, Gloria in excelsis Deo! Hear the angels singing ‘Peace on Earth.’

He will bring new light to a world in darkness Like a bright star shining in the skies above; He will bring new hope to the waiting nations When he comes to reign in purity and love. Let the earth rejoice at the Saviour’s coming; Let the heavens answer with the joyful morn. Gloria, in excelsis Deo, Gloria in excelsis Deo! Hear the angels singing ‘Christ is born.’ continued on page 23

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Ashley, Congrats on your first CCM performance! We are very proud of you! Daddy, Mommy, Alyssa and Cody

“Those who wish to sing always find a song.” Keep Singing Jamison! We are proud of you. Love Mom, Dad, Grandfather, Aunt Cheryl and Aunt Donna La’Mya & Madisyn, We are very proud of you, for the accomplishment you have made at CCM! Love, Mom & Dad

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O Ir Kleyne Likhtelekh O, ir kleyne likhtelekh Ir dertseylt geshikhtelekh, Myselekh on tsol.

O you little candles bright, Spinning tales of such delight, Tales of long ago.

O, ir kleyne likhtelekh, ayere geshikhtelekh vekn oif mayn payn Tif in harts bevegt es zikh Un mit trern fregt es zikh, Vos vet itster zayn?

Oh you little candles, telling tales of woe. In my heart a question lies, will it be ever so?

Ir dertseylt fun blutikayt, Beryeshaft un mutikayt, Vunder fun a mol, vunder fun amol.

Stories of our heroes bold, Stories told of times of old. Wonders without end, wonders without end.

Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella Un flambeu, Jeanette, Isabelle, un flambeau, courons au berceau! C’est Jesus, bonnes gens du hameau; Le Christ est né, Marie appellee Ah! Ah! Qu la mère est nelle, Ah! Ah Que l’enfant est beau! Bring a torch, Jeanette, Isabella, Bring a torch to the stable and run! It is Jesus, good folk of the village; Christ is born, and Mary’s calling, Ah! Ah! Beautiful is the mother, Ah! Ah! Beautiful is her child!

It is wrong when the child is sleeping, It is wrong to speak so loud; Silence, all, as you come near the cradle Lest your noise should waken Jesus: Hush! Hush! See how fast he slumbers, Hush! Hush! See how fast he sleeps

Softly to the little stable, Softly for a moment come; Look and see how charming is Jesus, Shining bright as yonder star, Hush! Hush! See how the child is sleeping, Hush! Hush! See how he smiles in his dreams. continued on page 24

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Pastoral Gloria! News we bring you, news we sing you Shepherds on their lonely hill Saw a sight their hearts to thrill, Angels bright with voices bold Gave the message long foretold; Born is the Messiah

Under starlight, wond’rous, daybright Little Jesus Christ is born in freezing winter night.

Praises voicing, hearts rejoicing, See Mary and Joseph watching o’er the Infant King. Cattle lowing, kindess showing, with their breath they warm the little Lord of everything On your trumpet, play, Peter, to a simple meter Beat the drum, O Timothy, nothing could sound sweeter Adam, play your flute for him, Stephen, play your lute for him Gloria in excelsis Deo!

O Tannenbaum O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum, Wie grün sind diene Blatter, Du grünst nicht nur zur Sommerzeit, nein auch in Winter wenn es schniet.

Oh Christmas Tree, oh Christmas Tree, How lovely are lovely are thy branches Not only green when summer’s here, But in the coldest time of year.

Tan´ se–laman´ ce w cudownej stajence (with many thanks to CCM mom Marta Kasperski, for her help as our Polish coach!)

Na wysokim niebie Poswota zablyszcszla, Nad Dzieciatkiem wzlobie melodia sie rozlawa Aniolowie zgwiazdami na glowie podskakuja wtakt Puscil sie wtan wolek zkwapouchem zpiorem anielskim za uchem.

Brightly over the stable light divine is a shining; Music fills the manger where the Child is reclining Angels in sets dance dizzy minuets, while ox and ass stamp From angel wings fine feathers, falling down, fashion for the ass a white crown

Brightly over the stable light divine is a shining; Music fills the manger where the Child is reclining Angels in sets dance dizzy minuets, while ox and ass stamp From angel wings fine feathers, falling down, fashion for the ass a white crown


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Now the dance is over, dawn’s first rays are appearing, Baby savior Jesus, thumb in mouth, is a sleeping. Mary with joy watches the little boy, softly she’s singing “Take thy rest”. Sleep, little one, sleep little mother’s son; Never was a stable so blessed!

Ett Nyfött Barn A child is born, each Christmas day It’s born a new and laid in hay The star is watching from above The child or man, the son of God

A newborn child of rosy hue Will make again the old world new. A frail defenseless babe is there To give us faith and hope and care

Good will on earth is in his eyes, That brings us peace of Paradise. The night departs, a new day dawns, And for us all, a child is born

Deck the Hall Deck the halls with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la la la la! ‘Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la la la la! Don we now our gay apparel, Fa la la la la la la la! Troll the ancient Yuletide carol, Fa la la la la la la la! See the blazing yule before us, Fa la la la la la la la! Strike the harp and join the chorus, Fa la la la la la la la! Follow me in merry measure, Fa la la la la la la la! While I tell of Yuletide treasure, Fa la la la la la la la! Fast away the old year passes, Fa la la la la la la la! Hail the new, ye lads and lasses, Fa la la la la la la la! Sing we joyous all together! Fa la la la la la la la! Heedless of the wind and weather, Fa la la la la la la la! continued on page 27

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Jesse­— Your last holiday concert!! You are our favorite snowman!! Love Mom & Dad

Elizabeth, It’s hard to believe this is your last CCM Holiday Concert! Enjoy every moment! We are so proud of you! Love, Mom, Dad, Grace and Gaga

Ella, As you approach each finish line, keep looking up! Love you! Big Daddy, Sapphie, Duke and Basie

Cami—it is such a joy for us to watch you perform! You are amazing!! Love Mom & Dad


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Ave Verum Corpus Ave verum corpus, natum de Maria Virgine, vere passum, immolatum in cruce pro homine

Hail, true Body, born of the Virgin Mary, having truly suffered, sacrificed on the cross for mankind,

O Iesu dulcis, O Jesu pie, O Iesu, fili Mariae. Miserere mei. Amen.

O sweet Jesus, O holy Jesus, O Jesus, son of Mary, have mercy on me. Amen.

cujus latus perforatum unda fluxit sanguine esto nobis praegustatum in mortis examine.

from whose pierced side water and blood flowed: Be for us a foretaste [of the Heavenly banquet] in the trial of death!

Eatnemen Vuelie

Inspired by Yoik vocal tradition of Scandanavia and Russia, using short phrases of music that repeat over and over with very minor variations. The opening “nan a na heia na, hani ja-a na-a” is repeated throughout with small alterations. This is more about a growing intensity of feeling rather than being a real translatable text. In this arrangement, the Yoik singing is paired with a Silesian folk hymn. A version of this song was also featured in the opening of the movie Frozen.

Fairest Lord Jesus Ruler of all nature, O thou of God and man the Son; Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor, Thou, my soul’s glory, joy and crown.

Bidi Bom Hannukah is here, it’s a happy time of year, bidi bom, bidi bom Once more the time sung in melody and rhyme, bidi bom, bidi bom Candles a light, and their flame is so bright, reflected in little children’s eyes Come and dance to the tune ‘neath a holidaying moon, bidi bom, bidi bom continued on page 28

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TEXTS & TRANSLATIONS continued from page 27

First Noel The First Noel, the Angels did say Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay In fields where they lay keeping their sheep On a cold winter’s night that was so deep. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel Born is the King of Israel! They looked up and saw a star Shining in the East beyond them far And to the earth it gave great light And so it continued both day and night. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel Born is the King of Israel!

Then let us all, with one accord Sing praises to our heavn’ly Lord That hath made heav’n and earth of naught, And with his blood mankind hath bought.

Go Where I send Thee! Children go where I send thee! How shall I send thee? I’m gonna send thee one by one, One for the little tiny baby, The baby boy, born in Bethlehem.

Two for Paul and Silas. Three for the Hebrew children, Four for the gospel writers, Five for the bread they did divide, Six for the days when the world was fixed, Seven for the day God laid down his head, Eight for the eight the flood couldn’t take, Nine for the angel choirs divine, Ten for the Ten Commandments. Eleven of ‘em singin’ in heaven, Twelve for the twelve disciples


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Cornish Wassail Now Christmas is coming and New Year begin Pray open your doors and let us come in. Chorus:

With our wassail, wassail, wassail And joy come to our jolly wassail Here at your door, we already stand The jolly wassailers with bowl in hand. Chorus:

With our wassail, wassail, wassail And joy come to our jolly wassail

We wish you a blessing and a long time to live Since you’ve been so free and so willing to give. Chorus:

With our wassail, wassail, wassail And joy come to our jolly wassail

The saddle and bridle are up on the shelf If you want any more you must sing it yourself Chorus:

With our wassail, wassail, wassail And joy come to our jolly wassail

Audience, we’ll sing Cornish Wassail twice in its entirety. Please sing the FINAL chorus the second time! It’s your solo!

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Children’s Chorus of Maryland warmly welcomes our guest performers in this afternoon’s concert. We are grateful for their collaboration and artistry! Meryem Rose Ahmadian (Soprano) is excited to be back on the CCM stage! Meryem was a member of CCM for eight years and graduated from the program in 2005. Meryem is currently working in the CCM office as Program Coordinator. She graduated magna cum laude from Westminster Choir College in 2010 where she received a Bachelor of Music degree, voice primary, and an American Studies minor. While at Westminster Choir College, Meryem actively participated in the many choirs including Chapel Choir, Schola Cantorum, and Westminster Symphonic Choir and had the opportunity to perform in various prestigious venues with world-renowned conductors, soloists, and orchestras. Since graduation, Meryem has enjoyed performing as part of the Maryland music and theatre community. Memorable performances include being a member of the opera chorus for Annapolis Opera’s productions of both La Bohème and Faust, ensemble member in Spotlighters’ production of Jekyll and Hyde, and Cinderella in Spotlighters’ production of Into the Woods. Meryem has studied with Russell Gartner, Melanie Sonnenberg, and Zehava Gal. Pianist 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 30

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a first place winner in the Houston Chamber Music Society Competition; she recently performed The Carnival of the Animals with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and Carmina Burana with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society. 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. Shane Coughlin, trumpet, made his professional solo debut at age 15 playing the Arutiunian trumpet concerto with the Springfield Symphony. With the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, he performed in the Concertgebouw and Boston Symphony Hall under Ben Zander including collaborations with cellist Alisa Weilerstein, pianist George Li, and Dudamel fellow Rafael Payare. Throughout high school Mr. Coughlin studied with Eric Berlin, principal trumpet of the Albany Symphony and the Boston Philharmonic, and has performed under renowned conductors such as Marin Alsop, David Jackson, Hannu Lintu, Juanjo Mena, Leon Gregorian, and James Kjelland. Other influential teachers include Phil Snedecor, David Fedderley, Andrew Stetson, Michael Mucci, Vincent Cassotta, and Tom Bergeron. Mr. Coughlin is a graduate of the New England Conservatory Preparatory division and is currently a senior at the Peabody Conservatory in the studio of Joe Burgstaller. Upon graduation, Mr. Coughlin will continue developing as an independent researcher in music therapy as it pertains to degenerative brain diseases and injury prevention while staying active in orchestral activities. Brandon Sklute, trumpet, is a Junior at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, studying Trumpet Performance with Josef Burgstaller. He currently serves as Principal Trumpet of the Peabody Concert Orchestra. Brandon is a leader among his peers at Peabody by serving as the head of their competitive trumpet ensemble and leading a weekly trumpet studio warm-up session. He was selected to serve as Principal Trumpet in the Peabody Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 From the New World under the baton of Marin Alsop. Brandon was selected for the Air Force Band Collegiate Symposium in Spring 2015. During the Summer of 2014, he attended the Interlochen Center for Arts Summer Arts Camp on a full scholarship. Brandon won the High School Division of the National Trumpet Competition in 2014. Upon graduation from Peabody, Brandon will pursue a master’s degree in Trumpet Performance. Sharing Our Songs: Holiday Concert 2016


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Becky Ballenger, French horn, is a certified Musikgarten teacher in Ellicott City, MD. She has taught music and movement classes to children ages birth to five years since 2014. She previously taught elementary and middle school instrumental music in Maryland parochial schools. Becky enjoys playing with her woodwind quintet, Venteux, and with the UMBC Wind Ensemble. Trombonist Monica Althouse holds a Master of Music in Trombone from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Music in Education from the University of Victoria. She has performed with the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble of Vancouver, BC and the Indiana University Wind Ensemble. She has also taught public school music and several private students. She is also known as Mum to CCM singer Marlena Althouse. Jason Stephens, tuba, earned a Master of Arts degree from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of South Florida. He currently serves with The United States Army Field Band and has worked as a middle school band director, tuba player for Walt Disney World, and adjunct professor of Tuba at Troy University.

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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acknowledgements Children’s Chorus of Maryland wishes to thank: • CCM Parents and community volunteers for their generous service.

• CCM Faculty for their excellent instruction, musicianship, and caring respect for children. • CCM Staff for their dedication, skill, enthusiasm, generosity and, when all else fails, sense of humor. • The Board of Directors for their time, devotion and guidance.

• Numerous Donors and Sponsors who have faithfully supported CCM’s operation and development. • Guest musicians who enhance our concerts and inspire our singers.

• You, our audience, for your appreciation, support and enthusiasm. You give us a reason to sing!


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

Jeff Brotman, Jeanine Christian, Amy Johnson, Kris Moore, Carole Vannier, Chris Wells Yara Cheikh, Elisa Hartman , Kara Koymen, Vita Kudryavtseva, Marissa Reynoso, Maria Urita

Amelia Schuler, Coordinator Beth Bugg, Amy Cote, Staci Georgiou, Kim Labrique, Julie Sessa, Eric Zsebenyi

Ray Lacson, Coordinator

Hall Monitoring

Lauren Morris, Coordinator


Lauren Morris and Rosetta Squire

Masters of All Trades

Music Library

Meryem Ahmadian, Robert Dix

Chris Wells, Coordinator

“Official CCM Goofer” Chris Wells [SIC] Photography Team

David Cook, Chris Wells

Set-up/Clean-up & Riser Crew

Alain Reynoso, Paul Sack


Stage Management Uniforms

Web Developer

Quentina Harmon, Coordinator Thank you to the many reception volunteers, too numerous to mention!

Larry Schuler, Coordinator Jeff Belcher

Stacy Plimpton, Nadine Zsebenyi, Theresa Volpe Amelia Schuler

…And many thanks to all those who pitched in to help after this program went to print!

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save the date! Wednesday, December 7, 6:30 PM Merriment & Melodies Series Harbor East, Downtown Baltimore Lyric and Concert Choirs

Saturday, December 10, 11:00 AM Community Holiday mini-Concert Towson Library Treble Choir

Friday, December 16, 7:00 PM Saturday, December 17, 7:00 PM Holiday Spectacular: Hunt Valley Symphony Orchestra featuring CCM Lyric & Concert Choirs Mercy High School, Baltimore

Saturday, January 7 CCM Classes Resume

Saturday, January 14, 10:00 – 10:50 AM CCM Crickets Spring Semester Class Begins

Saturday, February 4, 2:00 PM Towson University Men’s Basketball Game Autism Awareness Day Concert Choir performs National Anthem

Saturday, March 11, 1:00 PM Prospective Student Demonstration Day #1

Saturday, April 8, 1:00 PM Prospective Student Demonstration Day #2

Sunday, May 7, 3:00 PM CCM Annual Spring Concert Gordon Center for the Performing Arts, Owings Mills All Choirs Schedule is subject to change.


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Happy Holidays from the Waldorf School of Baltimore. Celebrating 45 years of educating and inspiring children to think, feel, and act with depth, imagination, and purpose. R E T H I N K W H AT ’ S P O S S I B L E F O R YO U R C H I L D


41st Anniversary Holiday Concert: Sharing Our Songs  
41st Anniversary Holiday Concert: Sharing Our Songs  

Honoring traditions as we share carols and holiday songs from many lands around the world. Please join us as we share holiday songs and caro...