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Susan Bialek Artistic Director

Patricia McKewen Amato Piano

SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015 3:00 PM Gordon Center for Performing Arts

3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. Owings Mills

Spring! By Land, Sea, and Sky: Spring Concert 2015


39th Anniversary Spring Concert Sunday, May 3, 2015 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, 2

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From the Artistic Director

Welcome to Children’s Chorus of Maryland’s 39th Annual Spring Concert, Spring! by Land, Sea and Sky.

We welcome you with a canon from the Renaissance, Musica dei Donum Optimi, or Music is God’s greatest gift! We follow immediately with an anonymous text set by American composer, James Mullholland, calling us to be merry rather than sad and saying that when “the cheerful day is gone, still (we should) endeavor that the next shall be as gay and little perplexed…that fleeting moments fly and we would be wise to try to live and enjoy while we may.” And with this in mind, we launch our final concert of our season in memory of our beloved founder, Betty Bertaux.

After such a long and difficult winter, we now witness a reawakening of the world from a dormant time. As we begin to emerge from the sadness felt by the loss of Ms. Betty, we also emerge from the cold, latent winter to rediscover those sights and sounds all around us. We see buds on trees, we hear and smell warm rain, bulbs start to emerge from the ground, lakes and rivers begin to move and life returns to them both above and below the surface, all signs that things will indeed go on. The mountains and prairies are greening and serve as backdrops to the farms and ranches coming back to life. After the rousing strains of Come Let’s Be Merry, we bring you to a river that stems from the throne of heaven to reflect on the combined theme of this concert; our continued memorial to Betty Bertaux and our emergence from sadness and darkness into a spring renewal over land, sea and sky to move forward.

Several children in all three choirs have approached me in recent weeks to let me know that they were thinking about how each piece fit into one aspect of the theme of Land, Sea, Sky or dedication to Ms. Betty. Some seemed to have it all worked out for every song, others pointed out how some pieces really could fit in more than one category, which surely is true. It would be a very interesting conversation to have at home, particularly after the concert to see if your child(ren)’s thoughts on this have changed over the last few weeks and months.

Enjoy the spring view over the land; the willow tree dances, the hoe-downs revive, the train clacks along, and the quiet of the night allows us to witness a delicately vivid awakening of new life. It is perhaps of interest to know that although William Blake wrote the text, David Sasso was 16 years old and singing with the Indianapolis Children’s Choir when he wrote the piece Night. Revel in the spring air over the water; in bustling activity and even a budding romance in a Newfoundland fishing town and in yearning memories along the Shenandoah and thoughts of lost love beside Loch Lomond. Delight in a variety of skyward bound joys, from those found soaring on a backyard swing to watching your kite fly as you grip the string tightly, to the more mystical musings of wondering whether the moon gets tired or what it would be like to draw with a starry crayon on the black paper that is the night sky. Also of interest is that the text for Child with the Starry Crayon was written by a fifth-grade student in Toronto in 2003. Spring! By Land, Sea, and Sky: Spring Concert 2015


You may not be aware that in February, a representative group of Concert Choir and Intermediate III singers participated in the Baltimore Bach Concert Series as special guest performers. Although I had always planned to program one of the pieces from that concert, it was the singers themselves who requested to sing both for you today. Having lived in Germany as a child, I was thrilled to teach these pieces in German and am very proud of our singers for working so hard on both the music and the language. Our sentiments of tribute to Ms. Betty can be heard in the favorite Renaissance madrigal, Sing We and Chant it!, the American folk song 900 Miles, the spiritual Nothin Gonna Stumble My Feet, the jubilant Zambian folk prayer and folksong Bonse Aba and, very poignantly, in the words of Ysaye Barnwell’s Wanting Memories.

Perhaps the most meaningful tribute of all is the song presented to you today by our graduating Solfa IV class. The students in this class; Crystal, Rebecca, Zinna, Abby, Eve, and Chris collaboratively composed both the lyrics and the music for Notes of Beauty. This is a beautiful addition to our concert but also a meaningful parting gift to our entire CCM community in their collective tribute to Ms. Betty and all that her work and dedication meant to each one of them. About Living in a Holy City, Stephen Hatfield wrote,

“Cultures all over the world start out with the assumption that the divine resides on mountain tops, until the revelation comes that all the land you see below you is divine as well, so that ‘every step you take is the promised land.’ That is the theme of this piece, which reminds us that all cities are holy (interesting to note that I wrote the words while walking the hills overlooking Belfast.” Our city is CCM. We aspire to our very best, which we should, but the holy city for us is in every rehearsal and class and every interaction between us and friendship forged.

Finally, we conclude this afternoon with the powerful piece by Ron Jeffers, “I Have Had Singing.” The text comes from Ronald Blythe’s Akenfield. In this book depicting the sometimes grueling daily life in a small village in England, an 85 year old ploughman is quoted as saying of his challenging youth: “I never did any playing all my life. There was nothing in my childhood, only work. I never had pleasure. One day a year I went to Felixstowe along with the chapel women and children, and that was my pleasure. But I have forgotten one thing — the singing.” I thank you all for making my first year on the CCM team such a rewarding one. It has been my pleasure to work with your children and I look forward to our upcoming and exciting 40th anniversary season together.

—Susan Bialek


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2014–2015 Roster Concert Choir Danya Adams Crystal Cheng Campbell DiCarlo Marlo Lacson Rebecca Margolis Zinna Moore

Abigail Pepin Meredith Pepin Eve Plank Jesse Plank Abraham Plimpton Christopher Plimpton

Laney Plimpton Emmy Pratt Sam Schuler Emma Shannon Grace Vaeth Elizabeth Volpe

Emily Georgiou Edwin Harmon Sophia Justen Giulio Katinis Sophia Kessenich Eli Lehman Kallista Liu Abigail Morris Sara Orlinsky

India Pelster-Wiebe Timothy Pepin Jeremy Plimpton Michelle Reynoso Morgan Sessa Evan Sheldon Charlotte Zang Zoe Zsebenyi

Dennis Kupchenko Natalie Labrique Evan Macdonald Megan McCormick Lydia Montcalmo Meredith Moore Eve Moran Mattie Mueller Zoe Niessen Audrey Ort Noelle Plimpton Wilson Pratt

Grayden Redwood Kaitlyn Seibel Pyotr Sergeevykh Leland Shaneybrook Sarah Shodeinde Colette Vannier Finnegan Wagner Malaika Walker Lyla Walter Berlyn Wells-Huber Harrison Wimms Alaya Zsebenyi

Lyric Choir Christian Bechmann Molly Bugg Caroline Cook Madison Cote Kierstin Cummings Julija DeVance La’Mya Flowers Julia Gaevsky

Treble Choir Marlena Althouse Joey Blank Samantha Bradley Morgen Christian Anna Fugelso Marin Harris Charlotte Harvey Calleigh Johnson Sevil Kallam Olivia Kasperski Zoe Kazanzides Kennedy Kirkland

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Staff Ramona Galey

Christina Owens

Susan Bialek

Meryem Ahmadian

General/Executive Director Artistic Director

Andrea Burgoyne

Marketing Director

Program Coordinator

Operations 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 1, 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

Amy Cyman

Teacher – J.C.C. Habimah Arts Camp and Culture Club CCM Satellite Programs

B.S. Mu. Ed., Indiana University of Pennsylvania Kodály Certification, Kodály Association of Southern California Music Teacher, Gilman Lower School Board Member, Maryland United Specialists in Kodály 6

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Nick Holland-Garcia

Teacher – Beginner II, Intermediate I

Music Teacher, St. Paul’s lower school B.A. Voice Performance, Pacific Lutheran University M. M. Voice Performance with Teacher Certification, University of Michigan Kodály Certification, Texas State University

Len Langrick

Early Childhood Music Department Director, Teacher—Crickets; Beginner II, 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 II

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. M. Ed., Kodály Emphasis, Loyola University President-elect, Maryland United Specialists in Kodály

Jennifer Miller

Teacher – Beginner III, Intermediate III, Solfa IV

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

Angela Pope

Teacher—Crickets, CCM Coppermine Fieldhouse Satellite Program Music Teacher, Atholton Elementary School B. M. Ed. University of Delaware Student Loyola University, American Kodály Institute

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La’Mya, time is your most valuable resource, and your determination and focus paid off. La’Mya, your reward is advancing to Concert Choir. We love you! Mom, Dad, Madisyn, and Marcus

Congratulations on a wonderful concert, Samantha! We are so proud of you and love you so much! Love, Dad, Mom, and Lauren


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Board of Directors Keith W. May, President Senior Professional Staff, The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory Dr. Jack Vaeth, Vice President CCM Parent Liaison; Psychiatrist

Andrea Burgoyne, Secretary Theodosia DeLoatch CCM Operations Director, Director of Human Resources, CCM Alumni Parent American Office Ramona Galey, Treasurer CCM General Director

Susan Goetze CCM Alumni Parent; Owner, Sinclair Leasing

Advisory Board James Glover, Chair Retired financial planner and college professor, CCM Alumni Parent

Patricia McKewen Amato Conductor, Coach & Accompanist, AIMS Institute; Peabody Institute; Brevard Music Festival; Aspen Music Festival; Young Victorian Theatre Carol Bogash Director of Education, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Herbert Goldman, Esquire Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman Hoffberger and Hollander, L.L.C.

Thomas Hall Music Director, Baltimore Choral Arts Society

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

Dr. Elam Ray Sprenkle Retired Professor of Music History and Theory, Peabody Conservatory

Hilda Perl Goodwin Philanthropist

Edward Polochick Music Director, Concert Artists of Baltimore

Ronald Gretz Artistic Director, Annapolis Opera Company

Barry Tuckwell Conductor, Clinician, Horn Soloist

“Sing it loud, sing it clear.” Good luck Calleigh! We are proud of you. Love, Pop, Miss Gail, Mimi, Keepa & Grandma

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Far too soon, but peacefully and in the tender care of people she cherished, our beloved Founder and friend, Betty Bertaux, passed away on Friday, October 10th. All of us who loved her— and there are so many people who did—are reeling, but so grateful to have had her in our lives. Betty Bertaux spent her life making music, in every possible form—as performer, conductor, teacher, composer, creator of curriculum, founder of Children’s Chorus of Maryland & School of Music, and mentor to so many other musicians and teachers. She was a creative force, and she brought that same vital, exuberant energy to everything she did—writing, cooking, traveling, adventuring, and exploring the world. She was always ready to learn something new, tackle the next challenge, and share her discoveries with the people around her. Even after her diagnosis, her friends marveled at the creativity and positive spirit she brought to the treatment process, finding ways to elevate even chemotherapy to an affirming ritual and a kind of art. To her final days, she was always ready with a laugh, greeting everyone with a brilliant smile and a sparkle in her eye, unfailingly gracious and loving, and conscious of the experience she was creating for those around her. Words are not adequate to say how much she will be missed. In 1976, Betty founded the Children’s Chorus of Maryland & School of Music (CCM). Seeking initially to provide her own musically-talented child with a fulfilling choral experience, she started the chorus with only six children, and built the organization into a thriving music conservatory with three performing choruses and ten graded levels of instruction. Now in its 39th year of operation, Children’s Chorus of Maryland has served as a prototype for community children’s choruses and as a beacon in the field of music literacy education. 10

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Betty Bertaux Colleague and friend Patricia Amato, a pianist and vocal coach at Towson University, who has also been the chorus’ accompanist since 1981, says, “Her living legacy are the children of the Children’s Chorus of Maryland and the continuing generations of children. She had respect for the children and the art of the music that she encouraged them to make. Her former students are all over the country and the world. The effect she had was far-reaching and broad.” In a 1986 interview with the The Evening Sun, Betty said, “A singer has a responsibility to be musically literate just as much as an orchestral member. I thought we needed a children’s choir which offered good choral performance but also a solid program of training. Well, you know how they say, ‘Somebody ought to do this’? I decided I was going to be the one to do this.”

Betty was legendary among her students and colleagues for her combination of academic rigor, lively wit and a playful spirit. A hallmark of her teaching was her ability to convey challenging material and foster high expectations, while also keeping the learning experience light-hearted and joyful. She was adamant that children thrive on high standards, quality music, evocative texts, and respect for their capabilities. CCM faculty member Lauren McDougle sums up Betty’s deep regard for her students, as she recollects the moment that Betty told her, “I know they’re just children, but we must never underestimate the depth of their souls.”

BETTY BERTAUX MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP Many have asked how best to honor Betty, and no gift could be more meaningful than a gift to the scholarship fund of Children’s Chorus of Maryland, the organization she birthed and loved and nurtured for most of 40 years. If you wish to make a contribution to Betty’s scholarship fund, please visit our website at and choose “Remembering Betty”.

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Concert Donors List 2014–2015 Season as of March 2015

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+) The Estate of Betty Bertaux JS Plank and DM DiCarlo Family Foundation Maryland State Arts Council

Benefactors ($2,500 - $4,999) This performance is made possible in part through sponsorship of the Baltimore County Executive, County Council and Commission on Arts and Sciences.

Patricia McKewen Amato Keith May

Patrons ($1,000 - $2,499) Associated Catholic Charities Blue Sky Solutions

Andrea Burgoyne Ramona Galey Susan Goetze

Helen O’Tell TRowe Price Foundation Jack Vaeth

Sponsors ($500 – $999) Carol Bogash Guozhang Cheng & Yan Jiang

Theodosia DeLoatch Edwin Lo

Wendy Scheinberg

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


John Watt Mary Weller

Network For Good

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Donors ($100 – $249)

Joyce Stevens Brown Christina Feliciano Heide Grundmann Elisa Hartman & Peter Kazanzides Jonathan Jensen Teodoro & Monica Katinis

($50 – $99)

Michael Alto Capital One Alan Bertaux Drew Bostwick Dr. Josephine DeVincenzi George Dickey George & Agatha Diver

(up to $49)

Amazon Kristen Appel Jeri Devance Kelly & Thomas Griffin GSN of Southwest Florida Kathleen Jackson

Richard Kemper Dennis & Kathrine Kuo Russell & Leslie Margolis Dr. Michael C. Meyers Phyllis & Barry Miller Alavaro & Beatriz Muñoz Christina Owens

David Page Mr. & Mrs. David A. Power Mary Riordan Susan Robinson Amelia Schuler Linda Tarpley Sholl Dorothy Wade

Pace Kessenich Carol McCurdy Michael Mauro Marianne Meyers Diane Mezzanotte Diane Moran & Marlene Berman John O’Hara &

Carol Baumerich Dr. & Mrs. Karl Sachs Susan Safford Ruth & Charles Spivak Carolyn Tancock Noreen Victor Viridian Energy

Joanne & Jared Mandell Melaleuca Melinda Pauly Oneal Charles & Ellen Pepin Alain & Marissa Reynoso Deborah Stambaugh

Barbara Tagg Christine Wells & Fran Huber Judi Wolf

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Susan Bialek, Conductor Patricia McKewen Amato, Piano

Lyric and Concert Choirs Musica Dei Donum Optimi

O. De Lassus

Come Let’s Be Merry J.Mulholland

Interlude To A Wild Rose, from WOODLAND SKETCHES

Edward MacDowell

Patricia McKewen Amato, piano

Lyric and Treble Choirs At the River

Aaron Copland

Treble Choir To a Star Text by Jessie Lyell

Margaret Lyell

Two Native American Songs

Traditional Cherokee Arranged by Barbara Sletto

Dance of the Willow

Victoria Ebel-Sabo Christian Bechmann, cello

The Swing Robert Louis Stevenson Let’s Go Fly a Kite


Greg Gilpin Richard and Robert Sherman

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Interlude Allemande, French Suite #5

J. S. Bach

Patricia McKewen Amato, piano

Concert Choir Sing We and Chant it Attributed to Michael Drayton

Thomas Morley

The Child with the Starry Crayon Text by Dinushi Munasinghe

Eleanor Daley

Rebecca Margolis, soprano

Bonse Aba

Traditional Zambian folksong Arranged by Victor Johnson

Samuel Schuler, Elizabeth Volpe, soloists; Jonathan Seligman, drum

Interlude Come O Traveler Unknown, CANDLER Traditional Scottish Melody Arranged by Larry Shackley Patricia McKewen Amato, piano

Lyric Choir I’se the B’y

Newfoundland folksong Arranged by John Govedas

Is the Moon Tired Christina Rossetti

Tom Shelton

Sara Orlinsky, Timothy Pepin, Eli Lehman, soloists; Grant Vaeth, vibraphone

Loch Lomond

Scottish folksong Arranged by Vijay Singh

La’Mya Flowers, Charlotte Zang, Madison Cote, soloists

Faldang Text by Louise McNeil

Mary Goetze Ellen Jacobs, fiddle

Fairest Isle

Henry Purcell Arranged by W. H. Anderson

Performed by the Intermediate III Class: Madison Cote, La’Mya Flowers, Edwin Harmon, Sophia Kessenich, Kallista Liu, Charlotte Zang

900 Miles

American folksong Arranged by Philip Silvey

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CCM Bach Concert Singers Bist du bei Mir Wir Eilen mit Schwachen

JS Bach

Boys of the Lyric and Concert Choirs Cover Me with the Night

Andrea Ramsey Traditional Ghanaian prayer

Concert Choir Shenandoah

American Folk Song Arranged by Mary Goetze

Ching a Ring Chaw

Aaron Copland Arranged by Irving Fine

Night William Blake

David Sasso Trung Vo, clarinet

Nothin Gonna Stumble My Feet Text by John Parker

Greg Gilpin

Eve Plank, alto

Graduation Notes of Beauty

Music and Lyrics composed by the Solfa IV Graduating Class

Crystal Cheng, Rebecca Margolis, Zinna Moore, Abigail Pepin, Eve Plank, Chris Plimpton, Solfa IV • Jennifer Miller, piano

Concert Choir Wanting Memories

Ysaye M. Barnwell

Lyric and Concert Choirs Living in a Holy City

Stephen Hatfield Jonathan Seligman, drum

Combined Choirs I Have Had Singing Text by Fred Mitchell

Ron Jeffers

Please join us for a light reception in the lobby immediately following the concert. 16

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texts & translations Musica est Dei donum optimi Musica est Dei donum optimi

Music is God’s greatest gift

Come, Let’s Be Merry Come let’s be merry, let’s be airy, Tis a folly to be sad: For, since the world’s gone mad, Why alone should we be wise and like dull fools gaze on other men’s joys Let not tomorrow bring you sorrow While the stream of life flows on; But when the cheerful day is gone, Still endeavor that the next Shall be as gay and as little perplexed If you have leisure, follow pleasure Let not an hour of joy pass by; For, as the fleeting moments fly, Time, it will your youth decay Then try to live and enjoy while you may.

At the River Shall we gather by the river, Where bright angel’s feet have trod, With its crystal tide forever Flowing by the throne of God Yes, we’ll gather by the river, the beautiful river Gather with the saints by the river, That flows by the throne of God.

Soon we’ll reach the shining river, Soon our pilgrimage will cease, Soon our happy hearts will quiver With the melody of peace Yes, we’ll gather by the river, the beautiful river Gather with the saints by the river, That flows by the throne of God.

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To a Star O little star, so clear and bright Why do you only shine at night? I watch you from my little bed Shine through the darkness overhead I wonder if when I’m asleep, the whole night long your watch you keep,

And if you see me lying here Because I feel you very near. O dear wee star, I miss you so When dark clouds will not let you show, So try and shine for me tonight And twinkle, twinkle clear and bright.

Two Native American Songs Ancient Mother Ancient Mother, I hear you calling, Ancient Mother, I hear your song Ancient Mother, I hear your laughter Ancient Mother, I taste your tears.

The Earth is our Mother The Earth is our mother, we must take care of her Hey yanna, Ho yanna, Hay, yan yan Her sacred ground we walk upon With every step we take Hey yanna, Ho yanna, Hay, yan yan

Dance of the Willow Soft and low, song of the breeze, Whispers to hills below Flowers and trees, listen delighted Dance gentle willow, dance.

Sway to the melody so freely given, To the tune we all know. It’s a song of the earth and we all wish to hear it, Dance, gentle willow, dance

The Swing How do you like to go up in a swing? Up in the air so blue? Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing Ever a child can do! Up in the air and over the wall, Till I can see so wide,

Rivers and trees and cattle and all Over the countryside— Till I look down on the garden green, Down on the roof so brown— Up in the air I go flying again, Up in the air and down!

Let’s Go Fly a Kite! With tuppence for paper and strings, you can ‘ave your own set of wings. With your feet on the ground, you’re a bird in flight with your fist ‘olding tight to the string of your kite. Oh, let’s go fly a kite, up to the highest height, Let’s go fly a kite and send it soaring 18

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up through the atmosphere, up where the air is clear Oh, let’s go fly a kite! When you send it flying up there All at once you’re lighter than air. You can dance on the breeze over ‘ouses and trees with your fist ‘olding tight to the string of your kite. Oh, let’s go fly a kite, up to the highest height Let’s go fly a kite and send it soaring up through the atmosphere, up where the air is clear Oh, let’s go fly a kite!

Sing we and chant it Sing we and chant it, While love doth grant it Fa la la la la… Not long youth lasteth And old age hasteth Now is best leisure to take our pleasure Fa la la la la….

All things invite us Now to delight us Fa la la la la….. Hence care be packing, No mirth be lacking Let spare no treasure To live in pleasure Fa la la la la

Child with the Starry Crayon The sun slowly sets, goes down for the night. All the little children are sleeping. All except for one, the child with the starry crayon. As the sun sets he slowly Yawns, stretches, and gets out of bed!

He floats up to sit on the moon to draw on the fresh piece of black paper. He doodles all night, Some earth people watch him, as he draws the constellations. The sun slowly sets, Goes down for the night.

Bonse Aba Bonse Aba mu pokelela Ba lipele Maka akuba bana Kuba bana bakwa lesa Muyayaya bakwa lesa

All who sing with the spirit have a right to be called children of God.

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I’s the B’y I’s the b’y that builds the boat And I’s the b’y that sails her I’s the b’y that catches the fish And brings them home to Lizer Chorus: Hip yer partner, Sally Tibbo! Hip yer partner, Sally Brown! Fogo, Twillingate, Morton’s Harbour All around the circle! Sods and rinds to cover your flake Cake and tea for supper Codfish in the spring o’ the year Fried in maggoty butter. Chorus

I don’t want your maggoty fish They’re no good for winter I could buy as good as that Down in Bonavista. Chorus I took Liza to a dance and faith, but she could travel Ev’ry step that she did take Was up to her knees in gravel! Chorus Susan White, she’s out of sight Her petticoat wants a border Old Sam Oliver in the dark He kisses her in the corner!

Is the Moon Tired? If the moon came from heaven, Talking all the way What could she have to tell us? And what could she say? Is the moon tired within her misty veil? She scales the sky from east to west and takes no rest.

Before the coming of the night the moon shows pap’ry white; Before the dawning of the day she fades away. Oh Lady Moon, your horns point toward the east: Shine be increased; O Lady Moon, your horns point toward the west: Wane, be at rest.

Loch Lomond By yon bonnie banks and by yon bonnie braes, Where the sun shines bright on Loch Lomond Where me and my true love were ever wont to gae On the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond You take the high road and I’ll take the low road and I’ll be in Scotland before you. But me and my true love will never meet again On the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. ‘Twas then that we parted in yon shady glen on the steep, steep side of Ben Lomond, where in purple hue the highland hills we view, and the moon rising high in the gloaming You take the high road and I’ll take the low road and I’ll be in Scotland before you. But me and my true love will never meet again 20

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On the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. I will wait by Loch Lomond ‘til my true love appears And I’ll dream to hold him closely through the years But me and my true love will never meet again On the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond Oh you take the high road and I’ll take the low road and I’ll be in Scotland before you. But me and my true love will never meet again On the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.

Faldang Cider in the rain barrel, corn in the popper, Shoats in the mast woods, mash in the hopper Taffy on the windowsill, rosin on the bow Grab your partner, dance the “Do Si Do!” Logs in the fireplace, pone in the baker, Taters in their jacket coats, salt in the shaker, Kick the rhythm with your heel, catch it on your toe. Grab your partner, dance the “Hoe Down Hoe!” Pick and shovel in the loft, boss man under kivver, Dish pan in the chicken yard, boat gone down the river. Rags stuffed in the broken pane, wind a howlin’ low, Grab your partners, “Do Si Do!” Dance the “Hoe Down Hoe!” Cider in the rain barrel, corn in the popper, Shoats in the mast woods, mash in the hopper Taffy on the windowsill, rosin on the bow Grab your partner, dance the “Do Si Do!” “Old Ninety Seven”, “Turkey in the Straw”, “Turkey in the Hay” Pat-a-foot Granny! Break down, Ma! Hug-em-tight, Annie, and step high, Pa! Cider in the rain barrel, corn in the popper, Shoats in the mast woods, mash in the hopper Taffy on the windowsill, rosin on the bow Grab your partner, dance the “Do Si Do!”

Fairest Isle Fairest Isle, all isles excelling, Cradled ‘mid the western seas, Where sweet peace hath made her dwelling, Where she sporteth at her ease! Blessed Isle, where gladness reigneth, Where the wand’rer findeth rest, Where the churl alone complaineth, Where the brave and true are best.

May thy flag forever glorious, In the cause of truth unfurled, Over wrong and hate victorious, Shine a beacon o’er the world! May thy sons be always daring, May thy daughters all be fair, For their land and honour caring, Then to harm thee none shall dare.

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900 Miles I am walkin’ on this track, I’ve got tears in my eyes. I’m tryin’ to read a letter from my home And if that train runs me right, I’ll be home Saturday night, ‘Cause I’m nine hundred miles from my home And I hate to hear that lonesome whistle blow, That long lonesome train whistlin’ down Miles and miles from home Well this train I ride one is a hundred coaches long You can hear her whistle blow a million miles. And if this train runs me right, I’ll be home Saturday night, Cause I’m nine hundred miles from my home. And I hate to hear that lonesome whistle blow, That long lonesome train whistlin’ down

Cover Me with the Night Come Lord, come Lord, cover me with the night. Spread your grace over us When the night is cold and dark Your promises are more

than the stars in the sky Your mercy is deeper than the night Come Lord, come Lord, cover me with the night, Lord we wait for you, day and night.

Shenandoah Oh Shenandoah, I long to see you. Away you rolling river Oh Shenandoah, I long to see you Away, I’m bound away ‘Cross the wide Missouri I long to see your smiling valley Away, you rolling river

I long to see your smiling valley Away, I’m bound away ‘Cross the wide Missouri ‘Tis seven long years, since last I see thee Away, you rolling river ‘Tis seven long years, since long I see thee Away, I’m bound away, ‘Cross the wide Missouri

Ching a Ring Chaw Ching a ring a ring ching chaw Ho a ding a ding kum larkee Brothers gather round, listen to this story ‘bout the promised land and the promised glory. You don’t need to fear if you have no money You don’t need none there to buy you milk and honey. There you’ll ride in style, coach with four white horses, There the evening meal has one, two, three, four courses Nights we all will dance, to the harp and fiddle, Waltz and jig and prance and cast of down the middle 22

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When the mornin’ come all in grand and splendor, Stand out in the sun and hear the holy thunder Brothers hear me out the promised land’s a comin’ Dance and sing and shout, I hear them harps a strummin’

Night The sun descending in the west, The evening star does shine; The birds are silent in their nest, And I must seek for mine. The moon, like a flower, In heaven’s high bower, With silent delight Sits and smiles on the night. Farewell, green fields and happy groves, Where flocks have took delight. Where lambs have nibbled, silent moves The feet of angels bright; Unseen they pour blessing,

And joy without ceasing, On each bud and blossom, And each sleeping bosom. They look in every thoughtless nest, Where birds are covered warm; They visit caves of every beast, To keep them all from harm. If they see any weeping That should have been sleeping, They pour sleep on their head, And sit down by their bed.

Nothin’ Gonna Stumble My Feet I been a walkin’ with the Lord for many a day. Nothin’ gonna stumble my feet. Tryin’ to abide in the straight and narrow way Nothin’ gonna stumble my feet. And when my time on earth is done And I hear my name These weary feet are gonna run Not gonna stumble, not gonna trip Not gonna stumble, not gonna slip No, nothin’ gonna stumble my feet When I go to walk that golden street Now the devil is a liar and a cheater too Nothin’ gonna stumble my feet. And if he gets his way he’ll make a slider out of you Nothin’ gonna stumble my feet.

But if you listen to the Spirit’s voice In the moment of truth He’ll help you make the right choice Not gonna stammer, not gonna trip Not gonna stumble, not gonna slip No, nothin’ gonna stumble my feet When I go to walk that golden street Not gonna waver, falter, sway or fall Not gonna tumble or slide Not gonna waver, falter, sway or fall Not gonna stumble at all Not gonna stammer, not gonna trip Not gonna stumble, not gonna slip No, nothin’ gonna stumble my feet When I go to walk that golden street When I go to walk that golden street Not gonna stumble my feet!

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Notes of Beauty When our song began We were filled with Innocence and wonder Time rich with melody Has drawn us close and brought us here Voices soaring through the air Lifting spirits everywhere Notes of beauty take us there To lasting memories beyond compare

Here we stand as one Bound by memories Full of joy and passion Time has swiftly flown Years have gifted friendship true As we travel on Years and miles will Separate our journeys Our harmonies unite Music’s bond surpassing all

Wanting Memories Yes, I am sitting here wanting memories to teach me to see the beauty in the world through my own eyes. Yes, I am sitting here wanting memories to teach me to see the beauty in the world through my own eyes. You used to rock me in the cradle of your arms, you said you’d hold me till the pains of life were gone. You said you’d comfort me in times like these and now I need you, and now I need you, and you are gone. So I am sitting here wanting memories to teach me to see the beauty in the world through my own eyes. Since you’ve gone and left me, there’s been so little beauty, but I know I saw it clearly through your eyes. Now the world outside is such a cold and bitter place, here inside I have few things that will console, and when I try to hear your voice above the storms of life then I remember that I was told. Yes I think on the things that made me feel so wonderful when I was young. I think on the things that made me laugh, made me dance, made me sing. I think on the things that made me grow into a being full of pride; think on these things, for they are truth. I am sitting here wanting memories to teach me to see the beauty in the world through my own eyes. I thought that you were gone, but now I know you’re with me; you are the voice that whispers all I need to hear.


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I know a “please,” a “thank you,” and a smile will take me far. I know that I am you and you are me and we are one, I know that who I am is numbered in each grain of sand, I know that I’ve been blessed again and over again and again and again. I am sitting here wanting memories to teach me to see the beauty in the world through my own eyes. Since you’ve gone and left me, there’s been so little beauty, but I know I saw it clearly through your eyes.

Living in a Holy City We come together to work so that face to face We can instruct ourselves to build a house of grace For every one of us here is a dwelling place And we’re assembled for a holy city. Alleluia! We come together to work so that hand in hand We raise our voices up to mark the place we stand And every step that you take is a promised land When you are heading for a holy city. Allelluia! We come together to work so that voice to voice We can command the world, everyone rejoice! When the messenger dares you to make a choice Say you’re preparing for a holy city. I must be living in a holy city. Alleluia!

I Have Had Singing Singing, singing, oh, the singing! There was so much singing then! We all sang, and this was my pleasure too. The boys in the fields, the chapels were full of singing always full of singing Here I lie, here I lie I have had pleasure enough, I have had singing, I have had singing!

La’Mya, You have truly matured the skills you learned at CCM, now you are able to see the rewards, by advancing to the Concert Choir. Great Job!! Love you, Me Ma Spring! By Land, Sea, and Sky: Spring Concert 2015



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. Ellen Jacobs has taught violin and fiddle and performed in the BaltimoreWashington area for over 30 years. She weaves training in both classical and fiddle styles into her teaching. Ellen has played in numerous Irish and contra dance bands, including the “Capital Quicksteps,” and includes Scandinavian and Klezmer music in her repertoire. Over the 26

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years her student fiddling groups have played at dances, folk festivals, and other festive occasions. Ellen loves to dance, and the connection between fiddle music and dancing is particularly important to her. Ellen has always had a focus on music as a powerful medicine in our lives and often plays for hospice and nursing home patients.  She offers sound healing sessions and is currently completing her training as a certified music practitioner.   Percussionist/composer Jon Seligman directs the World Music Ensemble at Towson University and has received two McDaniel College Faculty Creativity Awards [2011 and 2003]. Jon’s world music performing and recording credits include Ana Masri, Barrio Andalusi, Furia Flamenca, Roya Ensemble and 3 Trees [with Tom Chess and Pitz Quattrone]. He has received three Maryland State Arts Council Grants: World Music Performance in 2014 and 2011 and Jazz Composition in 2003. 3 Trees first CD, titled 3 Trees, received a Washington Area Music Association Wammie nomination as best world music recording of 2012. Grant Ellington Vaeth (Vibraphone) is a 9th grader at the Gerstell Academy in Finksburg, Maryland. Starting at the age of four on drums (still his favorite instrument), he continues to study piano and plays the tenor & baritone saxophones. With jazz as his favorite genre of music, he enjoys the vibraphone for its melodic and percussive qualities. Aside from his school music activities, he performs in the Hunt Valley Music jazz and rock ensembles and is the youngest musician in the Mood Swings Big Band (as a saxophonist). When he is not behind a music stand, he is either playing varsity baseball at the Gerstell Academy or he can be seen piloting a Cesna 172 Skyhawk out of the Glenn L. Martin Airport. He is also a Staff Sergeant in the Civil Air Patrol. His sister, Grace, is in her 10th year with CCM! continued on page 28

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Trung Vo (clarinet) is a junior Music Education major at Towson University and studies under Dr. Jim Logan and Darryl Brenzel. He performs regularly with the Towson University Symphony Orchestra, Towson University Symphonic Band, Toby’s Dinner Theatre, and the Iggy Gennusa Clarinet Camerata, and subs for orchestral, operatic, and Broadway groups in the Baltimore-Washington area.

Sister Ella — sing on!


Basie & the Duke

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concert volunteers Backstage Helpers Box Office

Concert Parents F.I.P.

Tim Christian, Amy Johnson, Kris Moore, Jennifer Seibel, Jen Walter

Monica Bernabei, Julie Harris, Sasha Harris, Marissa Reynoso Beth Bugg, Jeanine Christian, Amy Côté, Michelle Cummings, Staci Georgiou, Leslie Wagner, Harriette Wimms

Ray Lacson, Coordinator

Hall Monitoring

Lisa Bechmann, Coordinator

Photography Team

David Cook, Kevin Cummings, Wolfgang Justen, Khalek Kirkland, Angela Pelster-Wiebe, Richard Pelster-Wiebe, Madeline Pepin



Set-up/Clean-up & Riser Crew

Stage Management Uniforms

Web Developer

Lauren Morris, Coordinator

Quentina Harmon, Coordinator

Anatoly Gaevsky, Tom Harris, Alain Reynoso Paul Ort, Amelia Schuler, Larry Schuler

Kelly Ort, Theresa Volpe, Co-Coordinators Amelia Schuler

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

Thank you to the entire CCM community — children, parents, faculty, staff, board and donors — for your kindness, generosity, love and support this past year. You have made a huge difference. Much Love, Ramona

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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. • The Board of Directors for their time, devotion, and guidance. • Numerous Donors who have faithfully supported CCM’s operation and development.

save the date! Thursday, May 7, 5:30 pm

Friday, September 11–

Treble Choir community performance Sunday, September 13 Towson Library Rotunda Annual Concert Choir Retreat

Saturday, May 30, 10:00–10:50 am Free demonstration class for prospective students Children’s Chorus of Maryland

Saturday, May 30, 11:30 am–2:30 pm CCM End of the Year Family Picnic! Towson Manor Park

Friday, July 17, 4:00 pm

Wednesday, September 16, times TBA Treble & Lyric Choir Parent Orientation Day

Saturday, September 19, times TBA CCM First Day of Classes (All Students)

Saturday, September 26, times TBA

Members of Lyric and Concert Choirs First Day of Fall Crickets™ perform at Baltimore Artscape Schedule is subject to change. Corpus Christi Church

Monday, July 27– Friday, July 31, 9:00 am–12:00 pm Music in the Meadow Summer Day Camp Maryland Presbyterian Church

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Come to me, O ye children! For I hear you at your play, And the questions that perplexed me Have vanished quite away. Ye open the eastern windows, That look towards the sun, Where thoughts are singing swallows And the brooks of morning run. ­— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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