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Susan Bialek, Artistic Director Patricia McKewen Amato, Piano


SU NDAY, M AY 7 , 2017

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

41st Anniversary Spring Concert Sunday, May 7, 2017 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 cover illustration and design by Kathrine Forster Kuo, To see more of her work, visit or Wayfaring, Whimsy, & Wonder: Spring Concert 2017


From the Artistic Director

Welcome to our spring concert, Wayfaring, Whimsy and Wonder! One of our staff commented that the title I suggested, together with the artwork by past CCM parent Kathrine Kuo, could help concertgoers forget their worries—even if just for an afternoon. The singers, collaborators and I would love to do this for you!

The faculty is committed to our mission that every child deserves a full music education, including learning to read music and sing beautiful choral repertoire, every bit as much as every child deserves to learn to read so as to be able to discover and read wonderful books. There continues to be more brain and cognitive research that reveals impressive connection between musical study and training, which is so unique and so demanding of the brain, and learning in other academic areas. This has value. Revealing the title to the singers gave way to such interesting discussions about how different texts or the music itself from a specific song might fit into one or more of the title categories; Wayfaring, Whimsy or Wonder. The creativity, empathy and thoughtfulness our students bring to these conversations are impressive. Yes, our students learn to sing, to sing together, to read and write musical notation and to build focus and analytical thinking. Building this collection of skills is a hallmark of the CCM education. But along with this, our singers learn to collaborate with and support one another and this process nurtures that creativity, empathy and thoughtfulness in profound and meaningful ways.

Also poignant is what this education brings out in young people who stick with it for many years as do so many CCM singers, and as have all six of our graduates this year. They know that there are no short cuts to achieving great things. They know that they are part of a team and only by working collaboratively can they achieve the common goal. They know that contributing their very best for the good of the group is the path to success and that their individual voice is of paramount importance to that success. But, as I am called to remember through the discussions about how the music fits the concert title, it is through participation in meaningful music making that our children also are nurtured to be more creative, insightful, thoughtful, helpful and empathetic citizens of the world. At the recent American Choral Directors Association convention, I watched and listened as an American choir sang in Chinese in the same performance in which a Children’s Choir from China carefully enunciated one song on their program in English. I watched as an audience was mesmerized by the culturally riveting performance by the Inner Mongolian Children’s Choir, the entire audience leaping to their feet at the conclusion of this dynamic performance of native music, conducted by the first woman in that area to receive a master’s degree in her field. The international barbershop quartet champions were four men from Sweden, who shared the stage with the U.S. Navy chorus. This is what we then do; build bridges, and share our journey in this choral art with those near and far. continued on page 4

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FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR continued from page 3

Our graduates and their families have made a commitment to the journey through the CCM program for many years. They now share very mixed emotions about this being their last concert. But after sharing all that a CCM education affords these young people, they leave us enriched, smart, expressive musicians who I trust will remain connected to one another and to CCM as a result of this shared, decade or longer, life experience. At our graduation ceremony last week, we honored each graduate, including with a personalized verse of the song, “Johnny, Leave Her.” The song spoke of sailors, returning to port after having been at sea a long time. They recall the long journey, hard work, strong gales as they had strived for this day, but bittersweet too, as they really didn’t want to leave the ship that had become a home. This is my portrait of the culture of CCM and what it does for your children and our students.

Although many schools maintain robust arts programs, public funding to the arts in our community is declining, and requests for financial assistance sought from families who fervently want their deserving children to have what CCM offers are rising dramatically. We therefore continue to ask for your help and support. If 15 years ago, 20% of our singers received assistance from us, now over 50% do. The tuition has remained the same for many years. The tuition we receive from everyone combined covers about half of the overall cost of offering our program. Please refer to the envelope in your program. We do sincerely appreciate any assistance you can provide. If every person here donated only $25, that would fund four new beginners for a year. If every person donated $250, those four new beginners could stay for 10 years.

As the one who plans CCM’s concert repertoire and decides which concerts and collaborations we will do, I am completely out of my comfort zone including an “ask” in my remarks in this program. However, I am going to step out even further. One of the highly anticipated auxiliary projects we undertake every couple of years is a CCM trip or tour. In the past the tour choir has performed domestically and abroad, on tour alone and as part of collaborative festivals with other choirs and world renowned clinicians and conductors. Our world is changing and although we will never give up on the idea of international travel, our priorities are safety and affordability while still offering musically, educationally and culturally enriching experiences. With so many of our singers needing financial assistance just to pay their CCM tuition, the cost of participating in a tour is prohibitive for more of our singers than ever.

After a very successful journey to Oregon last summer, we are in the planning stages for a next trip in 2018, to Montreal. One of the most difficult parts of evaluating our many options is knowing from the start that there are and will be deserving, exemplary CCM singers with hard-working parents for whom the expense of a tour is prohibitive. I am committed to the creation of a tour scholarship fund and a dream that one day, when a trip is planned, the entire team will go! Meanwhile, I have pledged a donation to our board of directors to personally start this fund. Some singers are fortunate enough to be able to participate in more than one tour during their tenure with us. For others, equally skilled and deserving, the chance to go just once would 4

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be a true opportunity of a life time, for both musical and personal growth. A quote from the recent conference: “Singing with the choir makes us smart. Traveling to new cultures as part of the choir makes us wise.” Please consider joining me in planting the seeds now to make it possible for CCM to tour without leaving anyone on the eligible team behind. I am honored and thrilled to welcome my sister, acclaimed flutist Nancy Stagnitta as a CCM collaborator this spring! I think the last time we shared a stage was at our brother’s wedding nearly 10 years ago. Please take a minute to read her bio. She spent over 15 years in Baltimore, is a Peabody graduate and we figured out she actually had Ms. Betty for sight reading class as an undergraduate! I had vowed to make this letter shorter than the last one. Alas, maybe in December! Be well and enjoy a restful, rejuvenating summer, and again, thank you for joining us this afternoon.

—Susan Bialek, Artistic Director

From the Board President

The CCM Board of Directors is very pleased to proudly congratulate our newest graduates! The discipline and perseverance that they have displayed will, no doubt, continue to generalize into the many other landscapes and challenges that life has to offer. May they continue to pursue their dreams and remain focused on how this experience will continue to shape their lives-- and not just provide the wonderful memories that they will recall in reflection.

CCM strives to continue our mission in a time when funding for the arts continues to diminish. We thank you for your past generosity and hope that you continue to help us to insure our future with your children. It is my added pleasure to introduce our incoming Board of Directors President – Sue Goetze. Sue has been a solid Board member for years and has a daughter who completed our program. She is not only familiar with our history and mission, she has lived it. Please enjoy our program and again, congratulations to all of our very accomplished and talented young vocalists!

—Jack Vaeth, Parent Representative & President, CCM Board of Directors

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HAIL AND FAREWELL … AND WELCOME! It is a sad but natural part of CCM, that when our students graduate, their families leave us too. This year, as we say farewell to an outstanding group of CCM graduates, we must also say goodbye to three families who have been with us for a combined period of nearly three decades—The Vaeth Family, the Volpe family, and the Shannon/Perry family. Between them, they have volunteered to do virtually everything that needs doing for CCM—receptions, concert parent leadership, volunteer coordination, tour planning, retreats, camps, music library, backstage supervision, board leadership, uniform coordination, chaperoning, furniture hauling, snafu-untangling, and even performing on our concerts—not just the CCM students, but in the case of the Vaeths, the whole family! They have been some of the best, most diligent, most generous, most capable, and kindest volunteers we’ve ever had—mothers, fathers, and even siblings, pitching in endlessly to help us out.

Particular thanks must go to Jack Vaeth who, for the last two years, has served as President of CCM’s Board of Directors. His wisdom, insight, humor, leadership and grace under duress have been an enormous gift to CCM. His gentle, “I wonder if you’ve thought about it this way…”, offered at just the right moment, has had a way of shining a light on the most daunting of dilemmas, opening new paths, and awakening new ideas. We will miss you Jack.

We must also say goodbye to our Marketing Director, Tina Owens. Little did we know, when we hired Tina, that we’d be getting a force of nature—her boundless energy, fresh ideas, incredible resourcefulness, and top-notch skills have increased our enrollment, expanded our outreach, raised community awareness of our programs, and fostered important partnerships with collaborating agencies. And if we happened to suddenly need a dozen rolling chairs, a projection screen, a computer, a camp craft, a door prize, or a twelve-foot reception desk, Tina could find it cheap, deliver it, install it, and have it up and running before most people had gotten out of bed in the morning. We are so grateful for all she has done for CCM. In a season of goodbyes, we are also grateful to be welcoming old friends and new. Jack will pass the gavel to long-time CCM friend, Board member and alumni parent Susan Goetze. Sue’s daughter Amanda graduated from CCM more than a decade ago, but we have managed to hang on to Sue. In her time with CCM she has volunteered in nearly every capacity, coordinating tours and fundraisers, rolling up her sleeves whenever asked, and answering the call to serve on CCM’s Board of Directors beginning in January of 2015. If we must say goodbye to Jack, we are so fortunate to have Sue ready and able to take the reins. Thank you Sue!

Finally, CCM is pleased to be welcoming our new Marketing Coordinator, Erin Barach. Erin comes to us with broad experience in the nonprofit arts sector—in marketing, fundraising, communications, and arts administration. We are so fortunate and grateful that Tina has stayed with CCM long enough to be involved with every phase of finding, hiring and training Erin as her replacement. Erin has already hit the ground running—she is here at today’s concert, greeting guests, helping at the merchandise table, and getting to know the CCM community. Please seek her out when you get a chance, and welcome her to the family. We’re so happy to have Erin join the CCM team!

—Andrea Burgoyne


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

Sophia Kessenich Marlo Lacson 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 Level III, 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

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

La'Mya & Madisyn Flowers, You must get ready for things before we get them. All life is preparation for greater things. Hard work pays off. Congratulations! Love you, Me-Ma Wayfaring, Whimsy, & Wonder: Spring Concert 2017



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Concert Donors List 2016–2017 Season as of April 2017

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 JS Plank and DM Dicarlo Family Foundation

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 Meryem Ahmadian and Robert Dix Patricia McKewen Amato Susan Bialek Andrea Burgoyne Susan Goetze Helen Otell Christina and Edward Owens

Viveka Ryn St. Andrews Christian Community Church Larry & Amelia Schuler Donna Rae and Henry Smith Jack & Melo Vaeth Robert and Margaret Thomas Fund #3 of the Community Foundation of New Jersey

Sponsors ($500 – $999) Kelly Emerson & Earle Pratt Smith and Downey Jack & Mary Weller

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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.

Contributors & Sustainers ($250 – $499) Yara Cheikh & Firmin DeBrabander - Creating Equity, LLC Virginia Emerson Marian Goetze David Power

Donors ($100 – $249)

Michael Alto Robert Barczak Yara Cheikh & Firmin DeBrabander Yan Jiang & Guozhang Cheng Timothy & Jeanine Christian Laurie & David Cook Duckpin Design Kelley Dunn-Feliz Jeff and Natalie Funk Kate Heyman Jason Herring Dennis & Kathrine Kuo

($50 – $99)

Clairice Eaton Jefferson Leslie & Russell Margolis Melaleuca, Inc. Carol Baumerich & John O’Hara

(up to $49)

Babysitease Rochelle Bohrer Michelle Lamoureux

Len & Cindy Levering Thomas McGreevy Dr. & Mrs. Michael C. Meyers Colm O’Comartun & Elizabeth DeMarco Diane & Eric Orlinsky John and Megan Roberts Frank & Karal Seibel Evelyn Stewart John Watt Mr. & Mrs. Forest J. Woods Nadine & Eric Zsebenyi

J. Karl & Tina P. Sachs Jennifer Shapiro & Stuart Zang Charles & Ruth Spivak

Stacy & David Plimpton Julie Lynn & Debra Shaw

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Program Susan Bialek, Conductor Patricia McKewen Amato, Piano

Concert Choir El Grillo

Josquin Des Prez


Franz Schubert Emerson Pratt and Madison Cote, soloists

Dôme Epais

Leo Délibes

Dravidian Dithyramb

Victor Paranjoti

Interlude The Olde Time Medley

Arranged by Ken Kolodner

Patricia Berry, hammered dulcimer

Treble Choir Will You Walk a Little Faster Tutira Mai

John Carter Traditional Maori Folk Song Arranged by Henry Leck and Martin Ellis

Sing a Song of Nonsense

B. Dardess

The Song that Nature Sings Mosquito Blues

Ruth Elaine Schram Richard and Martha Burgess

Interlude La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin

Claude Debussy

Patricia McKewen Amato, piano


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Concert Choir Laudate Dominum

W. A. Mozart

Aizu Bandaizan

Japanese Folk Song Arr. Hiroshi Ishimaru

My Favorite Things

Arranged Joy Ondira Hirokawa Nancy A. Stagnitta, flute

INTERMISSION Lyric Choir Circles of Motion

Bob Chilcott

Hush A Bye

American Folk Song Arranged by Jim Leininger

Kompira Fune Fune (The Ship for the Kompira Shrine)

Japanese Folk Song Arranged by Henry Leck

Nancy A. Stagnitta, flute

Wynken, Blynken and Nod From Midge of Gold

Elam Sprenkle

Wonder of Love

Intermediate III class

Intermediate III class: Molly Bugg, Caroline Cook, Emily Georgiou, Janet Gosnell, Eileen Gregory, Eli Lehman, Mattie Mueller, Michelle Reynoso, Morgan Sessa, Zoe Zsebenyi

The Boar and the Dromedar Don’t Ever Squeeze a Weasel From Musical Animal Tales Set IV

Ruth Watson Henderson

Interlude Madrigale

Phillipe Gaubert Nancy A. Stagnitta, flute Patricia McKewen Amato, piano

Concert Choir Java Jive

M. Drake/B. Oakland Arranged by K. Shaw

Sail Away

Malcolm Dalglish Patricia Berry, hammered dulcimer

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Aura Lee Bandoleros

George Poulton Yale Men’s Songbook

Climbing over Rocky Mountain From Pirates of Penzance

W.S. Gilbert/A. Sullivan

Sara Orlinsky, Charlotte Zang, Elizabeth Volpe, Campbell DiCarlo, soloists

One Voice

Ruth Moody

Solfa IV class: Jesse Plank, Abraham Plimpton, Emerson Pratt, Emma Shannon, Grace Vaeth, Elizabeth Volpe

Here’s to Song

Allistair MacGillivray/L. Adams

Interlude I’ve Got Rhythm

George Gershwin Patricia McKewen Amato, piano

Combined Choirs Freedom Trilogy There Has to be a Song

Paul Halley Andrea Ramsey

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


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texts & translations El Grillo El grillo buon cantore Che tiene longo verso. Dalle beve grillo canta. Ma non faso come gli altri uccelli Come li han cantato un poco, Van de fatto in altro loco Sempre el grillo sta pur saldo, Quando la maggior el caldo Alhor canta sol per amore.

The cricket is a gifted singer He can sing very long Hear the joyful cricket singing. But he isn’t like the other birds. If they’ve sung a little bit They go somewhere else The cricket remains where he is When the heat is very fierce Then he sings only for his love.



Kyrie eleison Christe eleison Kyrie eleison

Schubert Mass in G

Lord have mercy Christ have mercy Lord have mercy

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Ashley, you continue to warm our hearts with your beautiful voice and loving personality. We are enjoying watching your progress with CCM. Love, Daddy, Mommy, Alyssa and Cody Wayfaring, Whimsy, & Wonder: Spring Concert 2017


God bless each of you as you continue on your journey beyond these musical gates.

(back row l-r) Abraham Plimpton, Jesse Plank, Emmy Pratt, Elizabeth Volpe (front row l-r) Emma Shannon, Grace Vaeth PICTURE TAKEN IN 2014

TODAY…One Voice TOMORROW…Many fond memories ALWAYS…An everlasting bond Congratulations to the Class of 2017 ! The Vaeth Family

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duet from the opera Lakme

Dome Epais Sous le dôme épais le jasmin, A la rose s’assemble, Rive en fleurs frais matin, Nous appellent ensemble. Ah! glissons en suivant Le courant fuyant: Dans l’on de frémissante, D’une main nonchalante, Gagnons le bord, Où l’oiseau chante, l’oiseau, l’oiseau chante. Dôme épais, blanc jasmin, Nous appellent ensemble!

Sous le dôme épais, où le blanc jasmin A la rose s’assemble, Sur la rive en fleurs riant au matin, Viens, descendons ensemble. Doucement glissons De son flot charmant Suivons le courant fuyant: Dans l’onde frémissante, D’une main nonchalante, Viens, gagnons le bord, Où la source dort Et l’oiseau, l’oiseau chante. Sous le dôme épais, Sous le blanc jasmin, Ah! descendons ensemble!

Dome made of jasmine, Entwined with the rose together, Both in flower, a fresh morning, Call us together. Ah! let us float along On the river’s current: On the shining waves, Our hands reach out to The flowering bank, Where the birds sing, O the lovely birds sing. Dome of white jasmine, Calling us together!

Under the dome of white jasmine, Entwined with the rose together, On the bank covered with flowers, Laughing through the morning, Let us descend together. Gently floating on its charming swells On the river’s current: On the shining waves One hand reaches out, Reaching for the bank, Where spring sleeps And the birds, the birds sing. Under the dome of jasmine, Under the white jasmine, Ah! calling us together!

Dravidian Dithyramb Dravidian refers here to using elements from music of South India, with Persian and Arabic influences, with nonsense syllables to convey this Dithyramb—Greek for a “wild and passionate hymn.” The composer indicates that the two come together to express uninhibited festivity. continued on page 23

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Wow look how far you have come in 10 years! We are so proud of you! Congratulations on your Graduation. Love, Mom, Dad, Grace and Gaga


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Will You Walk a Little Faster Text by Lewis Carroll from Alice in Wonderland “Will you walk a little faster,” said a whiting to a snail, “There’s a porpoise close behind us, and he’s treading on my tail. See how eagerly the lobsters and the turtles all advance, They are waiting on the shingle, will you come and join the dance? Will you, won’t you, join the dance? Will you, won’t you, join the dance?

You can really have no notion how delightful it will be, When they take us up and throw us, with the lobsters, out to sea!” But the snail replied, “Too far! Too far!” and gave a look askance, Said he thanked the whiting kindly but he would not join the dance. Would not, could not join the dance. Would not, could not join the dance.

“What matters it how far we go?” his scaly friend replied, “There is another shore you know, upon the other side The further off from England, the nearer is to France. Then turn not pale, beloved snail, but come and join the dance. Will you, won’t you join the dance? Will you, won’t you join the dance?

Tutira Mai Tutira mai nga iwi Tatou tatou e Tutira mai nga iwi Tatou tatou e Whaia te maramatanga Me te aroha e nga iwi Kia ka tapatahi Kia kotahi ra Tatou tatou e

The people are standing in rows All of us The people are standing in rows All of us Seek after knowledge And fellowship all people Think as one Stay united All of us

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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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Sing a Song of Nonsense Fee fie, fiddle-dee-i-o Fee fee fie, fie, fiddle-dee-i aye.

Sing a song of nonsense, bake a cherry pie, O, Susianna don’t you cry. Ring around a rosy, whistle while you say: Doo-ah-ly, diddle dummy, doo-dah day.

Jack and Jill went up the hill, Jack fell down and broke His polly wolly doodle all a day, a penny for his pay, Doo-ah-ly, diddle dummy, doo-dah day.

Well it’s turkey in the straw and it’s turkey in the hay Doo-ah-ly, diddle dummy, doo-dah day. Ding-a-dang-a hoe-dee-ang-a lolly too-dum-aye, say: Doo-ah-ly, diddle dummy, doo-dah day. Singing Fee fie, fiddle-dee-i-o Fee fee fie, fie, fiddle-dee-i aye.

Sing a song of nonsense, dig a doodle bug, Wee Willie Winky, drink a little brown jug Chicken Little, yodel; lady-odle-aye Doo-ah-ly, diddle dummy, doo-dah day.

Rained all night the day I left, Sun so hot, I froze My eensy, weensy spider on the tuffet, curdle in the whey, Doo-ah-ly, diddle dummy, doo-dah day. Well it’s turkey in the straw and it’s turkey in the hay Doo-ah-ly, diddle dummy, doo-dah day. Ding-a-dang-a hoe-dee-ang-a lolly too-dum-aye, say: Doo-ah-ly, diddle dummy, doo-dah day. Singing Fee fie, fiddle-dee-i-o Fee fee fie, fie, fiddle-dee-i aye.

Sing a song of nonsense, little Margy Daw She saw a see-saw, sing a hi-tuck-a-haw. Henny Penny, how many eggs can you lay? Doo-ah-ly, diddle dummy, doo-dah day.

Mother Goose, what shall I do? So many babes in a shoeBee, doo-bee, doo-bee, looby, looby, loo and derry down-a-day Doo-ah-ly, diddle dummy, doo-dah day. continued on page 27 Wayfaring, Whimsy, & Wonder: Spring Concert 2017


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 in any one year. CCM could not exist without their generosity. You may spot a child in the audience wearing a “Cricket” pin. These are children who have completed our pre-conservatory program and who may be looking forward to becoming one of the “big kids” next year. 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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Well it’s turkey in the straw and it’s turkey in the hay Doo-ah-ly, diddle dummy, doo-dah day. Ding-a-dang-a hoe-dee-ang-a lolly too-dum-aye, say: Doo-ah-ly, diddle dummy, doo-dah day. Tie your tangle tongue in a wiggle waggle way, Sing a song of nonsense Doodle-dee-dah day!

The Song that Nature Sings In everything, there is beauty; a hint of love, a form of grace, Though it may be hard to see, even harder to believe, Everything in nature has its place.

And in everything, there is wonder; A mystery to be undone; New discoveries to find; simple pleasures redesigned; All things old and new beneath the sun. Have you ever chased the wind? Can you tell where it will go, or where it’s been? If you could see the earth through its eyes, Do you think that it would come as a surprise

That in everything there is music? A melody, a bit of song; Though it may not meet your ear, if you tune your heart to hear, You will recognize and sing a long The song that nature sings.

Mosquito Blues Well, I wake up in the morning and the first thing that I see, Is a hundred different bugs and they’re all swarmin’ after me There are bugs that fly and bugs that bite and bugs that like to crawl, And we can stand most any bug, but the worst bug of them all Is the mosquito! We’ve got the mosquito blues!

There are so many mosquitoes that we don’t know what to do, ‘cause every time we take a breath we inhale one or two And they bite us every chance they get and they’re too quick to catch. We don’t have time to run and play, we just scratch, scratch, scratch. It’s the mosquito! We’ve got the mosquito blues! continued on page 29 Wayfaring, Whimsy, & Wonder: Spring Concert 2017


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Laudate Dominum Laudate Dominum omnes gentes, Laudate eum omnes populi Quoniam confirmata est Super nos miserecordia eius Et veritas Domini manet in aeternum

Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancto Sicut erat in principio et nunc et semper Et in saecula saeculorum Amen.

Praise the Lord all ye nations, Praise Him, all people. For He has bestowed His mercy upon us, And the truth of the Lord endures forever. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and forever, and for generations of generations. Amen.

The Volcano of Aizu Bandaisan Iyaa Aizu Bandaisan wa takara no yama yo Sasa ni kogane ga e mata narisagaru

Iyaa Higashiyama kara hinichi no tayori Yukazanarumai e mata kaomise ni Iyaa Yaguradaiko no oto kiku tabi ni Nemui me mo aku e mata ki mo isamu

Ohara Shosukesan nanda shinsho tsubushita? Asane asazake asayu ga daisukide, Sonde shinsho tsubushita. A mottomoda mottomoda!

Aizu bandaisan is a treasure mountain Where the bamboo grass is heavy with golden fruit.

Day after day I get messages from the spa at East hill Please come and show your face to your admirers. Each time the big drum sounds sleepy eyes open And the spirit cheers up.

How did Mr. Ohara Shosuke ruin his fortune? He loves to sleep all morning, drink all morning Spend all his morning at the hot springs, That’s how he ruined his fortune. Oh, I should have known! continued on page 30

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Favorite Things Text by Oscar Hammerstein II Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens, Brown paper packages tied up with strings, These are a few of my favorite things.

Cream-colored ponies and crisp apple strudels, Doorbells and sleighbells and schnitzel with noodles, Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings, These are a few of my favorite things. Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes, Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes, Silver white winters that melt into springs, These are a few of my favorite things. When the dog bites, when the bee stings, When I’m feeling sad, I simply remember my favorite things, And then I don’t feel so bad.

Circles of Motion Text by Native American poet Joy Harjo To pray you open our whole self To sky, to earth, to sun To one whole voice that is you. And know there is more That you can’t see, can’t hear, can’t know except in moments and in circles of motion.

Like eagle that Sunday morning circled in blue sky, Swept our hearts clean with sacred wings We see you, see ourselves, and know That we must take the utmost care and kindness in all things. Breathe in, knowing we are made of All this, And breathe in, knowing we are truly blessed Because we were born within a circle of motion Like eagle rounding out the morning We pray it will be done In beauty.


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Hush a Bye Hush a bye, don’t you cry Go to sleep you little baby When you wake you shall have All the pretty little horses

Blacks and bays, dapples and grays Go to sleep you little baby

Kompira Fune, Fune Kompira, Fune, Fune Oite ni ho agete Shura shu-shu-shu Mawareba Shikoku Sanshuu Nakanogori Zozu-san Kompira Daigongen Ichido megurite

translation by

Chizuko Endo

O ship, ship of Kompira Raise the sails “Shura shu-shu-shu” If you go around Shikoku Island You come to Nakanogori district in Sanshuu Prefecture Where Kompira Daigongen shrine is at the top of Mount Zozu You should visit it once in your life

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Wynken, Blynken and Nod

text by Eugene Field

Wynken, Blynken and Nod, one night Sailed off in a wooden shoe Sailed on a river of crystal light Into a sea of dew

“Where are you going, and what do you wish?” The old moon asked the three. “We have come to fish for the herring fish That live in the s beautiful sea. Nets of silver and gold have we!” Said Wynken, Blynken and Nod The old moon laughted and sang a song As they rocked in the wooden shoe

And the wind that sped them all night long Ruffled the waves of dew. The little starts were the herring fish That lived in that beautiful sea.

“Now cast your nets wherever you wish, Never afeared are we!” So cried the stars to the fishermen three, Wynken, Blynken and Nod. All night long their nets they threw To the stars in the twinkling foam. Then down from the skies came the wooden shoe Bringing the fishermen home;

And some folks thought ‘twas a dream they’d dreamed of sailing that beautiful sea. But I shall name you the fishermen three, Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes, and Nod is alittle head, And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies is a wee one’s trundle bed. So shut your eyes while mother sings of wonderful sights that be And you shall see the beautiful things as ou rock in the misty sea Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three Wynken, Blynken and Nod.


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Wonder of Love

text by Intermediate

III class

Goodbye dear friend We’ll meet again I’ll always treasure our time together The blue jays sing The bells still ring Your world keeps turning My love still burning

Time travels on but my love will remain And now from above How great is the wonder of love Wonder of love!

The Boar and the Dromedar

text by

Henry Beissel

A wealthy dromedar sat smoking a cigar in a quiet desert bar, When in came with a roar a mighty tourist boar who almost broke the door. He ordered ginger beer and for a souvenir wanted the chandelier Up rose the dromedar, put out his big cigar and trotted to the bar;

“Wild pig, get out of here or else I’ll box your ear! Myself will take the chandelier!” He called a taxi star, went straight to a bazaar, and for a big cigar exchanged the chandelier. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear! The boar in his despair became a whiff of air, shaped like a prickly pear, And rolled back out the door. Since then no desert bar will serve a passing boar even ginger beer. A wealthy domedar sat smoking a cigar in a quiet desert bar.

Don’t Ever Squeeze a Weasel You should never squeeze a weasel for you might displease the weasel and don’t ever seize a weasel by the tail Let his tail blow in the breeze; If you pull it he will sneeze, for the weasel’s constitution tends to be a little frail, Oh Yes, the weasel wheezes easily; The weasel freezes easily; The weasel’s tan complexion rather suddenly turns pale. So don’t displease or tease a weasel, squeeze or freeze or wheeze a weasel and don’t ever seize a weasel by the tail! continued on page 34

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Java Jive I love coffee, I love tea, I love the java jive and it loves me. Coffee and tea and the java and me, A cup, a cup, a cup, a cup, a cup

I love java sweet and hot Whoops! Mr. Moto, I’m a coffee pot. Shoot me a pot and I’ll pour me a shot, A cup, a cup, a cup, a cup, a cup

Oh, slip me a slug from that wonderful mug And I’ll cut a rug, ‘til I’m snug in a jug. A slice of onion and a raw one, draw one Waiter, waiter percolator! I love coffee, I love tea, I love the java jive and it loves me. Coffee and tea and the java and me, A cup, a cup, a cup, a cup, a cup

text by

Milton Drake

Boston beans, soy beans, I said those itty bitty little green beans Cabbage and greens, you know dat I ain’t keen about a bean, Unless it is a cheery coffee bean I love java, sweet and hot, Whoops! Mr. Moto, I’m a coffee pot. Shoot me the pot and I’ll pour me a shot, A cup, a cup, a cup, a cup, a cup

Oh, slip me a slug from that wonderful mug And I’ll cut a rug, ‘til I’m snug in a jug. Drop your nickel in my pot, Joe. Takin’ it slow, Waiter, waiter percolator! I love coffee, I love tea, I love the java jive and it loves me. Coffee and tea and the java and me, A cup, a cup, a cup, a cup, a cup

Sail Away Dark clouds hide the sun Rain comes down and the rivers run Rivers run down to the sea, And when you’ve got your liberty, Don’t you want to Sail Away

Don’t you want to sail away? Sail away ladies, sail away Sail on, it’s time to go You built a boat, don’t let it float away from you Sail on, there’s a place to go How do you know, the wind will blow behind you Sail away ladies, sail away

Aura Lee Text by William W. Fosdick As the blackbird in the Spring, ‘Neath the willow tree, Sat and piped, I heard him sing, Singing Aura Lee. Aura Lee, Aura Lee, Maid with golden hair, Sunshine came along with thee, And swallows in the air.

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Sunshine in thy face was seen kissing lips of rose. Aura Lee, Aura Lee, Take my golden ring; Love and light return with thee, and swallows with the spring.

Bandoleros We are watching and waiting for ransom or outpost, Welcome to strangers, a carbine for spies; Roaming the mountains, we outlaws defiant, Brave and gallant bandoleros, We’ll conquer or die!

Climbing over Rocky Mountain Text by W. S. Gilbert Climbing over rocky mountain, Skipping rivulet and fountain, Passing where the willows quiver By the ever-rolling river, Swollen with the summer rain, The summer rain.

Threading long and leafy mazes Dotted with unnumbered daisies, Dotted, dotted with unnumbered daisies; Scaling rough and rugged passes, Climb the hardy little lasses, Till the bright sea-shore they gain! Scaling rough and rugged passes, Climb the hardy little lasses, Till the bright sea-shore they gain! Let us gaily tread the measure, Make the most of fleeting leisure, Hail it as a true ally, Though it perish by-and-by. Hail it as a true ally, Though it perish by-and-by. Every moment brings a treasure Of its own especial pleasure; continued on page 36

Though the moments quickly die, Greet them gaily as they fly, Though the moments quickly die, Greet them gaily as they fly.

Far away from toil and care, Reveling in fresh sea-air, Here we live and reign alone In a world that’s all our own. Here, in this our rocky den, Far away from mortal men, We’ll be queens, and make decrees — They may honour them who please.

We’ll be queens, and make decrees — They may honour them who please. Let us gaily tread the measure, Make the most of fleeting leisure, Hail it as a true ally, Though it perish by-and-by. Hail it as a true ally, Though it perish by-and-by. Let us gaily tread the measure, Make the most of fleeting leisure, Hail it as a true ally, A true ally.

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One Voice Text by Ruth Moody This is the sound of one voice One spirit, one voice The sound of one who makes a choice This is the sound of one voice This is the sound of voices two The sound of me singing with you Helping each other to make it through This is the sound of voices two This is the sound of voices three Singing together in harmony Surrendering to the mystery This is the sound of voices three This is the sound of all of us Singing with love and the will to trust Leave the rest behind it will turn to dust This is the sound of all of us

Here’s to Song The candle flickers towards its last. Our time together has ended. The evening sped so swiftly past. No richer way to spend it. Before we head our separate ways, I’d like in truthfulness to say, You’ve made this day a special day With songs and kindness splendid. Here’s to song and here’s to time! Here’s to both with friends of mine! Here’s to friends who have raised their voices high! Kings have riches widely lain. Lords have lands, but then again, We have friends and songs no wealth can buy.

text by

Allistair MacGillivray

We each a different road must go To mountain sea or city. The hour has come for sweet adieu, But all the more’s the pity. But first unite in hand and heart And join the chorus ere we part, For every end leads to a start. We need not part so sadly.

Until our paths in future cross, May blessings kindly greet you. Until that time I must, alas, Only in memory meet you. But often I will sit and stare And dream about this evening rare, This company beyond compare, But now farewell and thank you.

Freedom Trilogy Kyrie Kyrie Eleison Christe Eleison Kyrie Eleison


Lord Have Mercy Christ Have Mercy Lord Have Mercy

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Haleluya! Pelo tsa rona/ Siyahamba Haleluya! Pelo tsa rona, di thabile Hallelujah! We sing your prases, kaofela All our hearts are filled with gladness. Ke Morena Jeso, ya redumeletseng Lord to us said, I give to all who thirst and hunger Ho tsamaisa evangedi Siyahamba ekukhanyen’ kwenkhos. We are marching in the light of God Amazing Grace

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me I once was lost and now am found Was blind but now I see

There Has to Be a Song Text by Bob Benson There are too many dark nights, Too many troublesome days, Too many worrisome miles There has to be a song.

There has to be a song To make our burdens bearable There has to be a song To make our hopes believable To transform our triumphs into praise There has to be a song

Somewhere, somewhere down deep In a forgotten corner of each man’s heart To release the chains of past defeats There has to be a song. Like a cool clear drink of water, Like the gentle warmth of sunshine Like the tender love of a child There has to be a song.

There has to be a song To make our burdens bearable There has to be a song To make our hopes believable To transform our triumphs into praise There has to be a song

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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! 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 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. Patricia Berry has been playing the hammered dulcimer for five years under the tutelage of the extraordinary Ken Kolodner. Mrs. Berry has regularly participated with the Old Time Jam in Mount Airy and in Baltimore City. In 2016, she formed a folk duo called “Basil and Berry” with guitarist Carol Carricco of Howard County. Their debut performance 38

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was held at the charming Greenbridge Pottery in Dayton, MD. Mrs. Berry has also performed with her church’s music ministry on Sunday mornings as part of the Metanoia worship gathering in Ellicott City. She also sings shape note music, makes pottery by day, and is Mother to two felines and an angora rabbit named Edward Hopper. Nancy Stagnitta is instructor of flute and chamber music at Interlochen Arts Academy, artist/faculty at the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival in Italy, and principal flutist with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. Praised for her “brilliance and beauty of tone” by the Baltimore Sun, she recently celebrated a CD release with legendary Grammy Awardwinning composer and jazz pianist Bob James. Stagnitta was appointed as U.S.I.A. Artistic Ambassador to southern Africa, where she presented concerts and master classes in Angola, Botswana, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique and Namibia. She has also performed at the Shanghai Conservatory, the Biblioteca Universitaria di Napoli, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, and on the Voice of America Broadcast Network. A two-time recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council Solo Artist Award and a semi-finalist in the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, she was recently named a Powell Artist. Also active as a jazz flutist, Stagnitta was featured at the National Flute Association Convention in Chicago and has been invited to perform as both recitalist and jazz artist throughout the U.S. She has recorded the music of contemporary American women composers for Capstone records, and released a recording with Chamber Music America Jazz Composition Award winner Rob Levit. A passionate educator, her students have consistently attended top conservatory programs and won major awards and competitions. As a result of her holistic approach to teaching, and to an ongoing collaboration with the dance and physics departments at Interlochen, she was invited to present a lecture on the relationship between body alignment, resonance, and injury prevention at the 2011 Performing Artist and Athlete Science Symposium. Stagnitta earned the degrees of bachelor and master of music from the Peabody Institute, where she received the Ashworth Prize. Her teachers include Robert Willoughby, Tim Day, and Mark Sparks. While a student at Peabody, she was also a solfège student of Betty Bertaux!

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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

Amy Johnson, Kim Labrique, Christina Mayo, Chris Wells

Concert Parents

Beth Bugg, Amy Cote, Staci Georgiou, Elisa Hartman, Lisa Washington, Eric Zsebenyi

Box Office


Hall Monitoring Merchandise

Photography Team Reception

Set-up/Clean-up & Riser Crew

Vita Kudryavtseva, Marissa Reynoso, Maria Urita

Ray Lacson, Chair Lauren Morris

Rosetta Squire, Coordinator David Cook, Chris Wells

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

Robert Briggs, Emma Kallam, Alain Reynoso, Paul Sack

Stage Management

Jeff Belcher, Amelia Schuler, Larry Schuler

Web Developer

Amelia Schuler


Stacy Plimpton, Theresa Volpe, Nadine Zsebenyi

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

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save the date! Thursday, May 11 Audition for CCM! Times found online. Sign up now!

Saturday, May 20 CCM End of the Year Family Picnic! Seminary Park from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Saturday, June 3 Audition for CCM! Times found online. Sign up now!

Monday, July 17 – Friday, July 21 Music and Imagination Day Camp 5 ½ to 8 – 8:00 am to 1:30 pm – Half Day Campers 9 to 13 – 8:00 am to 4:00 pm – Full Day Campers Loyola University Maryland

Friday, September 8 – Sunday, September 10 10th Annual Concert Choir Retreat

Saturday, September 23 First Day of Fall Crickets – 9:00 am Schedule is subject to change.


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