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Betty Bertaux

Founder & Artistic Director Emeritus

Jennifer Miller

Acting Artistic Director

Patricia McKewen Amato Piano

SUNDAY, MAY 4TH 4:00 PM Gordon Center for Performing Arts

3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. Owings Mills

38th Anniversary Spring Concert Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 4:00 PM Gordon Center for Performing Arts Owings Mills, Maryland Betty Bertaux, Founder & Artistic Director Emeritus Jennifer Miller, Acting Artistic Director Patricia McKewen Amato, Piano

320 E. Towsontown Blvd. Suite 206 T Towson, MD 21286 410-494-1480 T Children’s Chorus of Maryland is funded by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. Funding for the Maryland State Arts Council is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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A MESSAGE FROM JENNIFER When looking back on this season for the Children’s Chorus of Maryland, I notice something. It is the sense of community that links every aspect of this organization. The parents are helpful, flexible, and undeniably supportive. The faculty and staff, whose skills and personality truly amaze me, work as a unit in which all parts are equal. And lastly, the students provide the musicianship, professionalism, and good humor that are so important in a first-rate children’s choir. Betty Bertaux founded the Children’s Chorus of Maryland in 1976, and because of her vision, musical and educational expertise, and love of children, this children’s choir is a true community. I am honored to be able to conduct such a phenomenal group of young people who have a great passion for music. This season, the students in this community have been interviewed by the Baltimore Sun, sung in an opera, changed locations, performed with a big band, lent their voices in song at the Basilica, and much more. It is “with laughter and singing” that this community has done it all. Next season, the Children’s Chorus will have a newly renovated home, and a multitude of appearances and opportunities that are sure to be both memorable and exciting. As always, the winter and spring concerts will be at this beautiful location, the Gordon Center. May all members of this community continue to move forward “with laughter and singing.” —Jennifer Miller

A MESSAGE FROM BETTY I’m so proud of the CCM children and how effortlessly they made the transition from one director to another this year when I got sick. I’m equally proud of Jennifer Miller, who, with absolutely no notice, stepped up to the plate, and has done such an outstanding job in leading all three CCM choirs. I’ve known Jennifer since she was 6 years old when she first auditioned for CCM. It’s such a pleasure to know her as a consummate musician and teacher, and a person of the highest character. I am so grateful to her for her assistance. —Betty Bertaux, Founder & Artistic Director Emeritus With Laughter & Singing: Spring Concert 2014


A. What’s yellow, weighs 1,000 pounds, and sings? B. Where did the music teacher leave her keys? Answers at bottom of page.


A. Two 500 pound canaries. B. In the piano.


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2013 – 2014 roster Concert Choir Crystal Cheng Nina Feliciano Phyllis Jean Lehman Rebecca Margolis Kendall McCoach Zinna Moore Abigail Pepin Madeline Pepin

Eve Plank Jesse Plank Abraham Plimpton Christopher Plimpton Emmy Pratt Emma Shannon Grace Vaeth Elizabeth Volpe

Lyric Choir Christian Bechmann Madison Côté Kierstin Cummings Julija Jael DeVance Campbell DiCarlo La’Mya Flowers Julia Gaevsky Edwin Harmon Sophia Kessenich

Marlo Lacson Kallista Liu Riley McNeill Meredith Pepin Timothy Pepin Jeremy Plimpton Laney Plimpton Samuel Schuler Charlotte Zang

Treble Choir Joey Blank Molly Bugg Caroline Cook Mykenzie Cooper Sabina Cooper Anna Fugelso Emily Georgiou Sophia Justen Giulio Katinis Lucia Kelemen Sabina Kermes-Turner Sienna Klein

Dennis Kupchenko Eli Lehman Evan Macdonald Annika Madsen Noelle Plimpton Wilson Pratt Grayden Redwood Morgan Sessa Pyotr Sergeevykh Margaret Valle Berlyn Wells-Huber

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La’Mya, you are a life long blessing for us. Investing your time in things that matter will pay you great personal dividends. 5 years with CCM amazing! Your Loving Family


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staff Dr. Betty Bertaux

Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus

Jennifer Miller

Acting Artistic Director

Ramona Galey

General /Executive Director

Andrea Burgoyne Operations Director

Christina Owens Marketing Director

Meryem Ahmadian

Program Coordinator

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

Dr. Betty Bertaux

Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus

B.S. in Education, Music Major, University of Tennessee M. Mus. with Kodály Emphasis, Holy Names University M. Mus. in Composition, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University D. Mus. Honoris Causa, VanderCook College of Music Certificate of Study, Music Learning Theory, Temple University Composer/Arranger and Editor, The Betty Bertaux Choral Series, Boosey & Hawkes Publisher “Sing On!” in the SAI Choral Series published by Edition Peters Recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award from the Organization of American Kodály Educators continued on page 8 With Laughter & Singing: Spring Concert 2014



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JoAnn Cain

Teacher – Beginner II, Intermediate I

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

Len Langrick

Teacher – Crickets; Summer Day Camp Coordinator

Music Teacher, Glenelg Country 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

Teacher – Beginner I, Intermediate II, Solfa I

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

Jennifer Miller

Acting Artistic Director Teacher - Beginner III, Intermediate III, Solfa II/III Choral Director, Loyola Blakefield (1999-2013) Kodaly certification, Loyola University B.S. Mus Ed, Towson University M.M.Mus Ed, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


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board of directors Keith W. May, President Retired Navy

Betty Bertaux, Vice President CCM Founder, CCM Education Director, CCM Alumni Parent Ramona Galey, Treasurer CCM General Director

Andrea Burgoyne, Secretary CCM Operations Director, CCM Alumni Parent Jack Vaeth, MD Psychiatrist, CCM Parent Representative

advisory board James Glover, Chair Ronald Gretz Retired Financial Planner, Artistic Director, College Professor, CCM Alumni Parent Annapolis Opera Company Patricia McKewen Amato Conductor, Coach & Accompanist, AIMS Institute; Peabody Institute; Brevard Music Festival; Aspen Music Festival; Young Victorian Theatre Carol Bogash Vice President of Education and Community Engagement, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

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

Thomas Hall Music Director, Baltimore Choral Arts Society

Fernando Malvar-Ruiz Artistic Director, American BoyChoir 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

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concert donors list 2013–2014 Season as of April 2014

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

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

Conductor’s Circle

($5,000 - $9,999)

Maryland State Arts Council

Patrons ($1,000 - $4,999) This performance is made possible in part through sponsorship of the Baltimore County Executive, County Council and Commission on Arts and Sciences.

Andrea Burgoyne Assocated Catholic Charities Betty Bertaux Blue Sky Solutions

Ramona Galey Keith May Jack & Melo Vaeth

Sponsors ($500 – $999) Christina Owens

Wendy Scheinberg

Contributors & Sustainers ($250 – $499) Megan Leah Roberts

Mary Weller

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Associated Jewish Charities of Baltimore Dennis & Kathrine Kuo

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Jéri DeVance Yan Jiang

Mary Riordan John Watt

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

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Jennifer Miller, Conductor Patricia McKewen Amato, Piano

Combined Choirs With Laughter and Singing

German Folk Song

Treble Choir Path to the Moon

Eric H. Thiman

I Wouldn’t (from Cat & Mouse)

Carolyn Jennings

Duet for Two Cats

Gioachino Rossini

Meryem Ahmadian & Lisa Diver, soloists

Rain (from A Child’s Garden of Verses) Poetry by R.L. Stevenson

Harry Richardson

Interlude All Through the Night, AR HYD Y NOS Traditional Welsh Arranged by Larry Shackley Patti Amato, Piano

Treble & Lyric Choirs The Journey (Simple Gifts/Dvořák Symphony in E minor) Arranged by Joseph Martin

Interlude Entrance of the Queen of Sheba G. F. Handel (1685-1759) Patti Amato, Piano


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Lyric Choir Little Miss Muffet Chumbara

Hal Hopson French Folk Song Arranged by David & Jean Perry

You’ll Never Guess What I Saw The Alphabet Song

R. W. Henderson W.A. Mozart (1756-1791)

Campbell DiCarlo, Marlo Lacson, Meredith Pepin, Laney Plimpton, Samuel Schuler

Orpheus R. Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) Text by William Shakespeare Mary Had a Little Blues

Harry Richardson

Interlude The Flower Duet (from Lakmé)

Leo Delibes

Meryem Ahmadian & Lisa Diver, soloists

Concert Choir Laughing and Shouting for Joy (Duet from Cantata No. 1)

J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Ubi Caritas The Seal Lullaby Text by Rudyard Kipling All the Pretty Little Horses

Ola Gjeilo Eric Whitacre

Grant Vaeth, Vibraphone T Melo Vaeth, Flute

Andy Beck

Fifteen Minute Intermission Lyric & Concert Choirs Tongue Twisters*

Betty Bertaux

Mules Betty Botter’s Butter Tree Toad * East Coast Premiere!

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Sacred Fanfare Arranged by Dan Trahey Osi Atikpoh, Lowrider James, Keith Flemming and Dan Trahey, Tuba Joseph Wilkerson and Andre Palmer, Percussion

Concert Choir Roger Bobo Text by John Updike

Brian Holmes Dan Trahey, Tuba

Adiemus (from Songs of Sanctuary)

Karl Jenkins

Nina Feliciano and Elizabeth Volpe, Soloists Emmy Pratt, Recorder T Drew Bostwick, Djembe

Omnia Sol

Z. Randall Stroope

Nina Feliciano, Phyllis Jean Lehman, Kendall McCoach, Madeline Pepin, 2014 Graduates

Sing On! Text by Col. Henry Hevingham

Betty Bertaux

Interlude Salute to Hamp Medley

Arranged by Jack Vaeth

Airmail Special Midnight Sun Flying Home Grant Vaeth, Vibraphone T Jack Vaeth, Saxophone Graham Vaeth, Bass Guitar

Combined Choirs To Music 16th century German Choral Melody Text and arrangement by Betty Bertaux Please join us for a light reception in the lobby immediately following the concert.


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texts & translations The Path to the Moon

Music by Eric H. Thiman

I long to sail the path to the moon On a deep blue night, when the wind is cool: A glistening path, that runs out to sea, Silver the sail to carry me, To carry, carry, carry me over the sea So I will sail, on a starry night On the path to the moon, a seabird’s flight Skimming the waves, where the fishes play Traveling on, for many a day; Silver the sails to carry me, To carry, carry, carry me over the sea

I Wouldn’t (from Cat and Mouse)

Music by Carolyn Jennings

There’s a mouse house in the hall wall With a small door by the hall floor Where the fat cat sits all day, sits that way all day every day Just to say, “Come out and play” to the nice mice in the mouse house In the hall wall with the small door by the hall floor, And do they come out and play when the fat cat asks them to? Well, would you? La la la la.

Duet for Two Cats

Music by Rossini



Words by R.L. Stevenson, Music by Harry Richardson

The rain is falling all around, It falls on field and tree; It rains on the umbrellas here, And on the ships at sea. continued on page 18

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French Folk Song; Music by Dave and Jean Perry

Note: The words below are nonsense syllables. Chumbara… Fydolee… Chowberski…

You’ll never guess what I saw

Music by R. W. Henderson

You’ll never guess what I saw yesterday A magical beast from a land far away A great, hairy thing with only one wing, A big, scary guy with flashing eyes, A twenty-clawed creep who drove ‘round in a jeep A guzzling fat hog that ate up a log, With a green wand that glowed, And turned blue when he crowed, With a big purple rose on the end of his nose, He juggles with gloves while hunting down doves, He followed me home, followed me home, followed… Can I keep him?


Words by William Shakespeare; Music by R. Vaughn Williams

Orpheus with his lute made trees, and the mountaintops that freeze Bow themselves when he did sing To his music plants and flowers Ever sprung as sun and showers, There had made a lasting spring. Everything that heard him play, even the billows of the sea Hung their heads and then lay by In sweet music is such art: killing care and grief of heart Fall asleep, or, hearing, die.

Ubi Caritas Latin Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor Exsultemus et amemus Deum vivum Et ex corde diligamus nos sincero. Amen. 18

Music by Ola Gjeilo

English Where charity and love are, God is there The love of Christ has gathered us together Let us rejoice and be glad in it Let us revere and love the living God, And let us love from a pure heart. Amen.

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The Seal Lullaby

Words by Rudyard Kipling; Music by Eric Whitacre

Oh! Hush thee, my baby, the night is behind us, And black are the waters that sparkled so green The moon o’er the combers, looks downward to find us At rest in the hollows that rustle between Where billow meets billow, then soft be thy pillow; Ah, weary wee flipperling, curl at thy ease The storm shall not wake thee, nor shark overtake thee Asleep in the arms of the slow-swinging seas.

Sing On!

Words by Col. Henry Hevingham; Music by Betty Bertaux

If music be the food of love, sing on, sing on ‘til I am filled with joy For then my listening soul you move with pleasures that can never cloy Your eyes, your mien, your tongue declare That you are music everywhere Pleasures invade both eye and ear, so fierce the transports are, So fierce they wound and all my senses feasted are If music be the food of love, sing on, Sing on ‘til I am filled with joy and all my senses feasted are, Though yet the treat is only sound, my senses feasted are I’m filled with joy, sing on, sing on, sing on! Sure I must perish by your charms, unless you save me, save me in your arms. Sing on!

Roger Bobo

Words by John Updike; Music by Brian Holmes

Note: Believe it or not, Roger Bobo is a true brass legend. He was born in 1938, and is an American tuba virtuoso and brass pedagogue. Roger Bobo gave the very first solo tuba recital at Carnegie Hall.


Music by Karl Jenkins

Note: In this piece, there are no “lyrics” as such, but rather “syllables” invented by composer Karl Jenkins. All syllables end in vowels. In this way, the listener’s attention is focused on the pitch and timbre of the voice. The voice is therefore allowed to function as nothing more than an instrument. continued on page 21

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CONGRATULATIONS TO CCM On the completion of their 38th Season of musical education and performance

We salute our founder and Artistic Director

Dr. Betty Bertaux Our heartfelt thanks – For developing the musical voices and minds of our children! With admiration, appreciation and love… Jack, Melo, Grant, Grace and Graham Vaeth


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Omnia Sol Somewhere far from nowhere, I grew both strong and tall Longing to become, but knowing not the path at all But the footprints of the winter melt into fields of spring One last embrace before I cross the threshold, to life we sing! O stay your soul and leave my heart its song O stay your hand, the journey may be long And when we part and sorrow can’t be swayed, Remember when and let your heart be staid Latin verse from Carmina Burana Omnia sol temperat, absens in remota, Ama me fideliter, fidem mean noto

Translation The sun warms everything, even when I am far away Love me faithfully, and know that I am faithful

Weave the dance and raise the chorus, grieve no more Through the strength of Orion, find refuge from the shore Let courage be your oar, let passion be your sail Wisdom and truth will guide your deep heart’s yearning, Through all travail!

Tongue Twisters

Music by Betty Bertaux

Mules: On mules we find two legs behind and two we find before We stand behind before we find what those behind be for.

Betty Botter’s Butter: Betty Botter bought some butter, “But,” she said, “this butter’s bitter If I put it in my batter, it will make my batter bitter. But a bit of better butter, better than the bitter butter, Will make my bitter batter better.” So she bought a bit of better butter, better than the bitter butter. And made her bitter batter better. Tree Toad: A tree toad loved a she-toad, who lived up in a tree He was a three-toed tree toad, but a two-toed toad was she. The three-toed tree toad tried to win the two-toed she toad’s nod For the three-toed tree toad loved the ground, That the two-toed tree toad trod. But the three-toad tree toad tried in vain. He couldn’t please her whim. From her tree toad bower, With her two-toed power, The she-toad vetoed him. With Laughter & Singing: Spring Concert 2014



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A. Elvis Parsley. B. Because they can hit the high Cs. C. You can tune a piano, but you can’t tuna fish. (Source:

Answers at bottom of page.

A. What’s green and sings? B. Why are pirates great singers? C. What’s the difference between a piano and a fish?

collaborators 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. Before graduating, Meryem gave a recital featuring works by Bach, Mozart, Ravel, Wolf, and Rodgers and Hammerstein. While at Westminster Choir College, Meryem actively participated in the many choirs including the 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. She recently performed in Spotlighters’ production of Into the Woods as Cinderella and in Annapolis Opera’s production of La Bohème as part of the opera chorus. This summer she will begin Goucher College’s Master of Arts Administration degree. 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 continued on page 24 With Laughter & Singing: Spring Concert 2014


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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. Drew Bostwick (Djembe) is a high school sophomore at Loyola Blakefield in Towson, MD. He is the drummer and lead vocalist for the band All Rights Reserved who has gained local notoriety and performs often in our area. He is also the co-host of the syndicated maritime conservation television show Aquakids which can be seen on Fox 45 on Saturday mornings at 11 AM. Drew enjoys water polo, swimming, and writing music when not performing. As director of Upper School Music at Roland Park Country School, Lisa Anne Diver (Soprano) conducts the Roland Park Country School Semiquavers, Somettos, and Upper School Chorus ensembles in addition to teaching Music Theory courses. Prior to earning her Master of Music in Choral Conducting, with distinction, from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, and her Bachelor of Music in Music Education, cum laude, from the University of Delaware, Ms. Diver attended Roland Park Country School as a student, and sang with CCM for eight years, graduating in 2005. While attending Westminster Choir College, Ms. Diver held a graduate assistantship working with and conducting the Westminster Chapel Choir. Ms. Diver has performed in some


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of the world’s most celebrated concert halls and under the batons of the most highly regarded conductors, including Sir Simon Rattle and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. In 2011, Ms. Diver performed with the Westminster Symphonic Choir as part of the Andrea Bocelli and Friends performance in Central Park, a concert which included performers such as Tony Bennett, Celine Dion, and David Foster. Ms. Diver has studied with Joe Miller, Paul Head, Amanda Quist, and Andrew Megill. Erica Feidelseit (Concert Parent Coordinator) is thrilled to be working with CCM for the first time. She is currently studying Theatre Design and Production and Integrated Early Childhood/Special Education at Towson University. Recent management credits include Lysistrata, Die Zauberflöte, and Twelfth Night (Towson University); Almost, Maine and Vanities (Upcounty Theatre); and Anna and August (Once at this Theatre). Thanks to CCM and to Timothy Huth for sharing this opportunity! Dan Trahey (Tuba) is a musician, educator, and innovator. He was instrumental in the creation of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s “OrchKids,” where he currently serves as Artistic Director. Dan also founded the El Sistema inspired program “Tuned In” at the Peabody Conservatory where he teaches creative composition and community engagement. As a tuba player with The Archipelago Project, he travels the world promoting cross-genre performances and has performed for hundreds of thousands of children, specifically targeting impoverished areas with little access to live performance. He has held orchestral positions in Mexico, the United States, and Germany. Dan has been featured in countless publications including 60 Minutes, PBS, NPR, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. He recently gave a TED talk at TEDX Baltimore and was named the Most Valuable Player in the Arts by Baltimore Magazine. Dan is a sought-after consultant for programs desiring to use music as a vehicle for social change. In addition to founding two El Sistema programs in Baltimore, Dan has helped start countless programs and has been directly involved with programs in Charlotte, Chicago, Fort Worth, Orange County, Allentown, Waterbury, Alexandria, and Kalamazoo. Upcoming projects include working with the Ravinia Festival and spearheading a brass curriculum project in Bogota, continued on page 26 With Laughter & Singing: Spring Concert 2014


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Columbia. His teaching experience includes the Baltimore School for the Arts, Idyllwild Arts, and New England Conservatory. He currently holds teaching residencies with the Innsbruck Musikschule, Tyrole, Austria; Nucleo, Acarigua, in Portuguesa, Venezuela, and in the Traverse City, Michigan Public School. He also teaches Music Entrepreneurship at the University of MD, Baltimore County. He received a Masters of Music from Yale University and a Bachelors of Music Education from Johns Hopkins University. CCM is delighted to welcome the return of the multitalented Vaeth Family to our stage, after their triumphant appearance last semester with Mood Swings big Band. Graham, Grant, Melo and Jack bring a wealth of musical skills to the stage, playing saxophone, guitar, vibraphone, flute and keyboard and arranging, singing, and directing in various permutations as the music demands, while daughter Grace continues to represent her family well as a Concert Chorister. SACRED FANFARE MUSICIANS Osi Atikpoh (Tuba) has studied at the Peabody Preparatory in the Tuned In program for 5 years and will attend The Peabody Conservatory next fall Keith Flemming (Tuba) is a 6th grader from Baltimore City. He has performed at halftime of the Baltimore Ravens Thanksgiving day game and recently played at Carnegie Hall with members of Venezuela’s Simon Bolivar Orchestra. Lowrider James (Tuba) is a 3rd grader in Baltimore City and participates in the Tuned In and OrchKids programs. He has performed with Roger Waters, Matisyahu, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Recently he led a clinic in Philadelphia focusing on the importance of starting brass players at young ages. Andre Palmer (Percussion) is an inaugural member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids program. He plays cello and percussion and is a member of the OrchKids Jazz Band and the Peabody Preparatory’s Tuned In program. Andre is a musical mentor for OrchKids, where he helps guide Pre-K through 2nd grade musicians in their selection of instruments. continued on page 27


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Joseph Wilkerson (Percussion) is an 8th grader from Baltimore City. He sings, plays percussion and cello. He attends the Peabody Preparatory, where he plays in the Percussion Ensemble. Joseph recently was featured on a concert sponsored by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra.

concert volunteers Backstage Helpers

Curtis Cooper, Carol deNeufville, Chris Wells

Concert Parents

Beth Bugg, Amy Côté, Staci Georgiou

Box Office F.I.P.

Hall Monitoring

Photography Team Reception Set-up/Clean-up & Riser Crew

Stage Management Uniforms

Web Developer

Monica Bernabei, Teodoro Katinis Ray Lacson, Coordinator

Lisa Bechmann, Sanzi Kermes, Co-Coordinators

David Cook, Kevin Cummings, Wolfgang Justen, Amelia Schuler, Chris Wells Yan Jiang, Coordinator; Elizabeth Edwards, Quentina Harmon, Theresa Volpe Philip Bechmann, Joshua DeVance, Anatoly Gaevsky, Pace Kessenich Larry Schuler, Amelia Schuler

Stacy Plimpton, Theresa Volpe, Co-Coordinators Amelia Schuler

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

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acknowledgements Children’s Chorus of Maryland wishes to thank:

T CCM Parents and community volunteers for their generous


T CCM Faculty for their excellent instruction, musicianship, and

caring respect for children.

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

operation and development.

save the date! Mark your calendars now for 2014:

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm CCM End of the Year Picnic! at Towson Manor Park Monday, August 11 – Friday, August 15, 2014, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Music in the Meadow Summer Day Camp at Maryland Presbyterian Church Friday, August 29 – Sunday, August 31, 2014 Annual Concert Choir Retreat Saturday, September 6, 2014 Orientation Day (around 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, times will be finalized closer to the date) Wednesday, September 10, 2014 CCM First Day of Classes

Saturday, September 13, 2014 First Day of Fall Crickets™ Classes in Towson (Saturdays from 10:00 am – 10:50 am) Schedule is subject to change.


Children’s Chorus of Maryland

Spring 2014: With Laughter and Singing, Annual Concert booklet  

Annual Concert booklet

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