History and Performances
CCM began with a core group of six children who met in a private home. Betty Bertaux's goal was to provide children with exemplary vocal music education and with performance opportunities equal to the children’s musical accomplishments and to the organization's music curriculum standards. After a period of absence, Dr. Bertaux returned to CCM in 1999. Beginning in 2006, she stepped over to focus on CCM's Education Program. Currently, Dr. Alyson Shirk serves as Artistic Director.
The CCM Method, developed by Betty Bertaux in the 1970’s, accelerates children’s music learning, ear training, sight singing skills, and music literacy (the ability to read and write music). Using fun activities and musical games, the combination of Kodaly Method and Gordon Music Learning Theory uses the voice as the music instrument. The result has been proven to quickly and easily bring children to very high levels of musicianship and music literacy in a joyful manner. While CCM children just think they are playing a game and having fun, they are actually learning advanced music literacy skills, using their own voice as the musical instrument. In fact, by the time even a young child has completed 3-4 years in CCM, they can pick up a piece of music and sing it, without anyone playing it for them on a piano!
CCM has won top honors, competing with as many as 210 choirs from around the country and as the featured choir at Carnegie Hall. Performing by invitation at the White House, the Kennedy Center, music educator conferences, and many other exciting venues around the country, CCM choirs regularly enjoy standing ovations from audiences of laypeople and music professionals alike.
CCM choirs have also performed in Canada, Europe (Prague, Vienna, Salzburg), in Hawaii and at Disneyland. CCM will appear as artist-in-residence and guest artists for 2 different symposiums in Hungary in 2013.
Venues and collaborators
CCM choirs regularly perform in world-class venues and often partners on collaborative performances with reknowned professional artists and institutions. Past performances include tours and festivals in Nova Scotia and Banff, Canada, as well as Hawaii, Disney World, Vienna, Salzburg and Prague.
Examples of CCM performance venues and partners include:
1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore
2nd Presbyterian Concert Series
Alice Tully Hall, New York City
Annapolis Opera Company
Baltimore Chamber Orchestra
Baltimore Choral Arts Society
Baltimore Opera Company
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Blair House: The President's Guest House
Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
Camden Yards, Baltimore
Carnegie Hall, New York City
Charlestown Chapel Series
Cockpit Court Summer Theatre,
Community College of Baltimore County
Concert Artists of Baltimore
Disney World, Florida
Europe Tour to Vienna, Salzburg and Prague
Gordon Center for Performing Arts, Owings Mills
Handel Choir of Baltimore
Junior League's "Holiday Pops"
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
at Goucher College
Maryland Historical Society
National Basilica, Washington, D.C.
Pacific Rim Children's Chorus Festival, Hawaii
Port Discovery, Baltimore
Shriver Hall Concert Series
Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
The White House
Tours throughout the United States
Tours in Canada
Tours in European countries