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Lisa Mathews of Towson University's WTMD station interviews Susan Bialek and CCM singers

November 18, 2017
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Werther - Baltimore Company Opera with CCMTowson, MD – November 18, 2017 - WTMD of Towson University hosted members of the Children’s Chorus of Maryland for an impromptu performance and interview with radio host Lisa Mathews for her Saturday morning show “Young at Heart.” Lead by Artistic Director Susan Bialek, the singers performed versions of “Silent Night” in both English and German, along with “Blow, Blow That Winter Wind.” Lisa Mathews interviewed both Ms. Bialek and some of the children, asking about the role and impact music has had on their lives and in their communities. They also discussed CCM’s upcoming holiday concert, “Let Heaven and Nature Sing,” to be held on December 3rd at the Gordon Center for the Performing Arts in Owings Mills, MD.

The show is set to air on Saturday, November 26th, 2017 at 7AM on WTMD’s station 89.7FM. Listeners can also stream the show online live from wherever they may be. Read more about the episode and CCM’s interview by clicking here.


Children’s Chorus of Maryland Presents 42nd Annual Holiday Concert: Let Heaven and Nature Sing"

November 16, 2017
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Let Heaven and Nature SingTowson, MD – November 16, 2017 - Children’s Chorus of Maryland & School of Music celebrates its 42nd annual holiday concert, Let Heaven and Nature Sing, on Sunday, December 3rd, at 3 pm at the Gordon Center for the Performing Arts in Owings Mills. This exciting concert features both new and familiar songs, led by our Artistic Director Susan Bialek. From Antonio Vivaldi to Irving Berlin, our three choirs of nearly 100 children will raise their voices to welcome the season with festive tales in song from heaven and earth, friendly creatures and wintry nature. Reception for performers, friends, family, and audience members to follow the concert.

Children’s Chorus of Maryland is one of the oldest programs for choral music education and performance in the United States, featuring children ranging in age from five to seventeen. Founded in 1976 by well-known artistic director, composer, and teacher Betty Bertaux, the program teaches children to read, write and sing music while taking classes in music history, theory, and vocal performance. Previous Lyric and Concert Choir students have had the opportunity to participate in televised broadcasts, tour internationally and perform at well-known regional and national venues including Carnegie Hall, Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, and the White House. The music school and choral performance program are located near downtown Towson at 320 East Towsontown Boulevard.

Tickets for Let Heaven and Nature Sing are $15.00 for students and seniors (65+). Tickets for adults range from $17.00 to $28.00 depending on location. Children under age 5 cannot be admitted due to live recording. Wheelchair accessible seating is available upon request. Please call our office at 410-494-1480 for more information. The Gordon Center for the Performing Arts is located at 3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue, Owings Mills, MD 21117.

To purchase tickets, visit the Children's Chorus of Maryland website at www.ccmsings.org and click on the "Let Heaven and Nature Sing" concert link.


CCM sings in Baltimore Concert Opera’s production of “Werther” by Jules Massenet

November 10, 2017
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Werther - Baltimore Company Opera with CCMTowson, MD – November 10, 2017 - The Children’s Chorus of Maryland will be featured in the Baltimore Concert Opera’s production of “Werther” by Jules Massenet, to be held on November 10th and 12th in the Grand Ballroom of the Engineer’s Club in Baltimore, MD. Conducted by the Children’s Chorus of Maryland’s Artistic Director Susan Bialek, members of the Lyric and Concert Choir perform the role of the Bailiff’s children in this two night production. According to the Baltimore Concert Opera “the young poet Werther confesses his love to Charlotte, but she is already engaged to another as a promise to her dying mother. Charlotte’s sister Sophie attempts to mollify the young man, but he is disconsolate. When Charlotte finally decides to love him back, it is too late. Combining lush melodies with the tragedy of young love, the opera promises an evening where no eye remains dry.”

According to Tim Smith of the Baltimore Sun in a review of the production, “members of the Children’s Chorus of Maryland handled their pivotal, atmospheric scenes with finesse." Please find the full review by clicking here.


Children’s Chorus of Maryland Presents "Wayfaring, Whimsy & Wonder: 41st Annual Spring Concert"

April 11, 2017
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Wayfaring, Whimsey and WonderTowson, MD – April 11, 2017 - Children’s Chorus of Maryland & School of Music (CCM) presents its 41st annual spring concert, Wayfaring, Whimsy & Wonder, on Sunday, May 7th, at 3 pm at Gordon Center for the Performing Arts in Owings Mills. This joyful celebration of spring will feature the whimsical works of Watson Henderson and Carter along with more traditional selections from Mozart and Schubert. Led by Artistic Director Susan Bialek, performances will include eastern Asian and Indian pieces by Ishimaru and Paranjoti. The concert will culminate with Paul Halley’s Freedom Trilogy performed by all three CCM choirs. The community is invited to enjoy a memorable spring afternoon listening to the remarkable voices of the nearly 100 children who sing for the Children’s Chorus of Maryland.

Featuring children ages 6 to 17 in three choirs, Children’s Chorus of Maryland is one of the oldest programs for choral music education and performance in the United States. Founded in 1976 by well-known artistic director, composer, and teacher Betty Bertaux, the program teaches children to read, write and sing music, and includes classes in musicianship, theory, and vocal performance. Previous Lyric and Concert Choir students have had the opportunity to participate in televised broadcasts, tour internationally and perform at well-known regional and national venues including Carnegie Hall, Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, and the White House. The music school and choral performance program are located near downtown Towson at 320 East Towsontown Boulevard.

Tickets for Wayfaring, Whimsy & Wonder are $15.00 for students and seniors (65+). Tickets for adults range from $17.00 to $28.00 depending on location. Children under age 5 cannot be admitted, due to live recording. Wheelchair accessible seating is available upon request. Please call our office at 410-494-1480. Gordon Center for the Performing Arts is located at 3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue, Owings Mills, MD 21117.

To purchase tickets, visit the Children's Chorus of Maryland website at www.ccmsings.org and click on the "Wayfaring, Whimsy & Wonder" concert link.


Children’s Chorus of Maryland Holds Music Open House Extravaganza For Teachers, Parents, and Children -- Saturday, April 8th

March 20, 2017
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Towson, MD., October 27, 2016 - Towson, MD – March 20, 2017. Children’s Chorus of Maryland & School of Music will hold a Music Open House Extravaganza on Saturday, April 8th from 8 am to 2 pm in Towson. Parents, children (5 ½ and older) and teachers are invited to drop in throughout the day to observe music classes, talk to staff and enjoy refreshments. Promotional items will be given out to adults and children!

Teachers may choose to observe any of the classes during the morning from 8 am to 12 pm. Parents who want to find out more about our choral performance and music education program, may want to observe a class with students near the age of their own children. Children between the ages of 6 and 10 will have rehearsal between 8 am and 9 am, and class between 9 am and 10 am. Children between the ages of 9 and 13 will have rehearsal between 9 am and 10 am, and class between 10 am and 11 am. Advanced students between the ages of 12 and 17 will have rehearsal between 10 am and 12:30 pm.

Children attending the open house can participate in a fun, play-based sample music class with an experienced teacher and children who currently attend the Children’s Chorus Conservatory program. These drop-in classes are at 11:15 am or 1 pm.

Families who would like to have their child audition may sign up for one of the times and days in May or June. Some same day auditions will be available on a first come basis.

Staff will be available to answer questions during the day and during refreshments between 12 pm and 1 pm. Visit www.ccmsings.org and click on the Demonstration Day link to register to attend the free Open House. For more information call 410-494-1480 or email ccm@ccmsings.org. This event is supported in part by a Challenge America Grant award from the National Endowment for the Arts to Children’s Chorus of Maryland. To find out more about how NEA grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.


Children’s Chorus of Maryland awarded $10,000 National Endowment for the Arts Challenge Grant to Encourage Children’s Natural Musical Abilities

October 27, 2016
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Awakening seriesTowson, MD – October 27, 2016 - Children’s Chorus of Maryland & School of Music has been awarded a $10,000 Challenge Grant to support arts engagement in American communities from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grant, titled “Awakening the Natural Musician in Your Child,” will support the distribution of educational articles and fund music demonstration events for families and music teachers in the Baltimore region. Aimed at nurturing a young child’s musical interest, the articles will provide useful guidelines and specific tips on how families can encourage their child’s natural musical abilities. Free interactive musical events will be held for children and teachers throughout the year.

In its first 50 years, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded more than $5 billion in grants to recipients in every state and U.S. jurisdiction, the only arts funder in the nation to do so. The NEA announced awards totaling more than $27.6 million in its third funding round for fiscal year 2016, including a Challenge America award of $10,000 to Children’s Chorus of Maryland. The Challenge America category supports projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Challenge America grants are comparatively small investments that have a big impact in their communities.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “The arts are part of our everyday lives – no matter who you are or where you live – they have the power to transform individuals, spark economic vibrancy in communities, and transcend the boundaries across diverse sectors of society. Supporting projects like the one from Children’s Chorus of Maryland offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.” Children’s Chorus of Maryland Executive Director Andrea Burgoyne expressed her excitement, stating, “We’re so grateful to have the NEA’s support in reaching out to the community.  The early years are so important in developing a child’s musical interest and aptitude.  With this initiative we hope to spark parents’ excitement about discovering music with their children, and to give them concrete and inspiring ideas for bringing music into their children’s everyday lives.”

For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, go to www.arts.gov. For more information about Children’s Chorus of Maryland Music programs, go to www.ccmsings.org


Children’s Chorus of Maryland Presents "Sharing Our Songs: 41st Annual Holiday Concert"

October 27, 2016
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Sharing Our SongsTowson, MD – October 27, 2016 - Children’s Chorus of Maryland & School of Music celebrates its 41st annual holiday concert, Sharing Our Songs, on Sunday, December 4th, at 3 pm at Gordon Center for the Performing Arts in Owings Mills. This exciting concert will feature a variety of new as well as familiar holiday songs and carols from around the world. Lead by Artistic Director Susan Bialek, the program will include selections from Japan, Sweden, Hungary, Poland, Norway, England and more. The community is invited to enjoy this musical exchange honoring traditions from cultures near and far and performed by the remarkable voices of the Children Chorus of Maryland.

Featuring children ages 6 to 17 in three choirs, Children’s Chorus of Maryland is one of the oldest programs for choral music education and performance in the United States. Founded in 1976 by well-known artistic director, composer, and teacher Betty Bertaux, the program teaches children to read, write and sing music, and includes classes in music history, theory, and vocal performance. Previous Lyric and Concert Choir students have had the opportunity to participate in televised broadcasts, tour internationally and perform at well-known regional and national venues including Carnegie Hall, Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, and the White House. The music school and choral performance program are located near downtown Towson at 320 East Towsontown Boulevard.

Tickets for Sharing Our Songs are $15.00 for students and seniors (65+). Tickets for adults range from $17.00 to $35.00 depending on location. Children under age 5 cannot be admitted, due to live recording. Wheelchair accessible seating is available upon request. Please call our office at 410-494-1480. Gordon Center for the Performing Arts is located at 3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue, Owings Mills, MD 21117.

To purchase tickets, visit the Children's Chorus of Maryland website at www.ccmsings.org and click on the Sharing Our Songs Concert link. Tickets available for purchase in November.


Andrea Burgoyne Appointed Executive Director of Children’s Chorus of Maryland & School of Music

October 24, 2016
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Andrea BurgoyneTowson, MD – October 27, 2016 - Towson, MD., October 27, 2016. The Board of Directors of Children’s Chorus of Maryland & School of Music (CCM) is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrea Burgoyne as its new Executive Director effective September 2016. In her tenure with Children’s Chorus of Maryland Ms. Burgoyne spent six years as Concert Manager and four as Operations Director, before assuming the role of Executive Director. She succeeds Ramona Galey, who will continue with CCM as Finance Director and Board member. CCM’s Board Chair, Jack Vaeth, expressed his confidence in Ms. Burgoyne’s ability to lead the organization, “Ms. Burgoyne’s breadth of experience and administrative knowledge, as well as her musical understanding and skills make her the ideal choice for CCM’s Executive Director.” Agreeing with Dr. Vaeth, Ms. Galey commented, “I began attempting to hire Andrea for the CCM staff as soon as I joined CCM in 2000. Andrea brings such a high caliber of integrity, skill, and diligence to CCM management.”

“It is a privilege to work with Children's Chorus of Maryland, with its long history of innovation and excellence. The kids are so talented; the faculty and staff are some of the best in the business; and everyone comes together for this extraordinary, joyous collaboration. What could be sweeter than children singing, with such beauty and musical understanding? I feel really lucky to be part of it,” said Ms. Burgoyne.

After receiving her music degree from Towson University as a vocal performance student under Ruth Drucker, Ms. Burgoyne co-taught the Early Music Ensemble at Towson U., served as assistant to the director of the Festival Chamber Players, accompanied lessons and classes at TU, and maintained a private studio of voice and piano students. In more recent years her career has focused on arts and education management, serving in that capacity for Pro Musica Rara and the Walsh Educational Trust. She has performed with the Annapolis Opera, the Baltimore Symphony Chorus, as soloist and chorus member with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, and for 34 years as soprano soloist at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Glyndon. In her volunteer life, Ms. Burgoyne has served as board member and President of the Child Study Association of Maryland, and on the boards of the Towson University Alumni Association, Children's Chorus of Maryland, and several other organizations.


Children’s Chorus of Maryland’s Students Chosen to Participate at First Girlchoir National Convention “Let Freedom Sing!” Philadelphia, July 24th - 29th

July 28, 2016
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Towson, MD – July 28, 2016 - Chosen to represent CCM and the state of Maryland at the “Let Freedom Sing!” first Girlchoir National Convention, Emmy Pratt and Grace Vaeth headed off to Philadelphia on July 24th for the six-day choral festival. Before they left, they were interviewed on Fox45 Morning News to discuss their participation in the upcoming musical and civic activities.

Highlights of the convention have included singing "Eye of the Tiger" live on NBC's Today Show from Independence Mall, working with well-known guest conductors, singing with the 100 member Girlchoir, and being a part of caucuses that focus on careers for women conductors and composers.

To see the Today Show performance go to http://letfreedomsingfestival.org/let-freedom-sing-girlchoir-live-on-nbcs-today/.

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Children’s Chorus of Maryland Tour Choir Performs at Pacific International Choral Festival in Oregon

July 18, 2016
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CCM Tour Choir at PICFEST

Children's Chorus of Maryland Tour Choir with CCM Artistic director, Susan Bialek, 2016.

Children’s Chorus of Maryland (CCM) 2016 Tour Choir returned home on June 29th after participating in the Pacific International Choral Festival (Picfest) in Eugene, Oregon from June 22nd to June 27th. The theme of this year’s festival, “Shakespeare and all that Jazz”, featured the Grammy Award-winning jazz legends, The Yellowjackets. Highlights of the week-long festival included performances with ten participating choirs in a series of Sharing our Songs concerts, in addition to a performance as part of the 300 voice youth festival choir at a gala concert conducted by world renowned choral composer and clinician Bob Chilcott.

The 22 member CCM Choir worked with ten other choirs from across the United States on repertoire that included works by Mr. Chilcott, George Shearing, and Sarah Quartel. Throughout the week the CCM students performed at the Oregon Bach Festival, the “Sharing Our Songs” Concert and St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. Bob Chilcott directed individual choral clinics for all the choirs.

Ranging in age from 10-17, many members of the CCM Tour choir have been singing for over seven years with Children’s Chorus of Maryland and represent children from public, private and homeschool backgrounds. Under the direction of Artistic Director Susan Bialek, Children’s Chorus of Maryland features highly qualified teachers, small classes, and in-depth vocal enrichment to provide children with a complete musical education and choral experience. Children’s Chorus of Maryland will hold auditions on August 9th for its 2016-2017 season. For more information about our music programs, visit www.ccmsings.org or call 410-494-1480.

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Children’s Chorus of Maryland’s Holds Auditions on July 13th, and August 9th for 2016-2017 Season

July 10, 2016
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Children Who Love to Sing Are Invited To Sign Up!


Towson, MD – July 10, 2016 – Beginning in 1976 with a small group of six Towson, MD., June 2nd, 2016 – Celebrating 40 years as one of the region’s most respected children’s choruses, Children’s Chorus of Maryland & School of Music (CCM) will hold auditions for children ages 5 ½ to 12 on June 9th, June 18th, July 13th, and August 9th at its school near downtown Towson. Children who love to sing are encouraged to become a part of this exceptional music education and choral performance program. Previous singing experience is not necessary and interested families are asked to sign up online at www.ccmsings.org for an audition time. Parents who would like more information on our program can contact the office at 410 494-1480 for a personal tour this summer.

Children will have the opportunity to try out in a relaxed, interactive manner with an experienced teacher. Although no preparation is necessary, children will be asked to sing a song of their choice. Parents are encouraged to sit in on this process which allows teachers to evaluate each child’s readiness to participate in one of three choirs. Children are accepted based on age, ability, maturity and space available in each choir.

Under the direction of Artistic Director Susan Bialek, Children’s Chorus of Maryland features highly qualified teachers, small classes and in-depth vocal enrichment to provide children with a complete musical education and choral experience. Featuring children from 5 ½ to 16, choirs perform locally during the academic year at well-known regional and national venues, and have earned spots in a variety of children’s choral festivals in the US and abroad.

Classes and rehearsals are offered twice weekly from September to May at CCM’s Towson facility and performances are held each semester. The Chorus’s repertoire is culturally diverse and represents a range of periods and styles. CCM welcomes children who attend public, private and parochial schools as well as those who are homeschooled. Merit and need-based scholarships are available.

Interested families can sign-up online. For additional information call 410-494-1480.


Children’s Chorus of Maryland’s Students Chosen to Participate at First Girlchoir National Convention “Let Freedom Sing!” Philadelphia, July 24th - 29th

June 13, 2016
Children’s Chorus of Maryland’s Holds Auditions on June 9th and 18th, and July 13th for 2016-2017 Season
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Emmy and GraceTowson, MD – June 13, 2016 - Emerson Pratt and Grace Vaeth will represent Children’s Chorus of Maryland and the state of Maryland at the first Girlchoir National Convention, “Let Freedom Sing!”, in Philadelphia from July 24th - 29th. This convention is a six-day choral festival that brings together two female high school singers from each state in the United States and offers its participants enriching musical and civic experiences. The festival is held at Arcadia University and features a formal concert of the 100 girls chosen to be a part of this first Girlchoir Convention. As a part of the six-day event, the girls will engage in several impromptu performances at locations throughout the city, including Independence Hall, the Betsy Ross House, The Liberty Bell, The Philadelphia Museum of Art (Rocky Steps!) and Penn’s Landing. Emerson Pratt is a rising junior at Carver High School in Baltimore, MD and Grace Vaeth is a rising junior at the Gerstell Academy in Finksburg, MD. Both have been singers with Children’s Chorus of Maryland for over 10 years! For more information on Children’s Chorus of Maryland visit www.ccmsings.org or call 410-494-1480.


May 1st Silent Auction to Support CCM Students

April, 2016
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Make a bid at our 40th Anniversary Spring Concert and Silent Auction on May 1, 2016 at 3pm at Gordon Center for Performing Arts in Owings Mills. Proceeds will be used for student scholarships at CCM.

View the SILENT AUCTION LIST — additional items may be available on the day of the concert.
READ THE RULES of the Silent Auction.

Many thanks to Susan Goetze and Chris Wells for organizing this Silent Auction, to our Class Parents for preparing the Class Baskets, and to generous donations from CCM families and supporters.

LEARN MORE about our 40th Anniversary Annual Spring Concert.
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Spring Choral Concert Celebrates 40 Years of Song!
Children’s Chorus of Maryland Alumni Return for Anniversary

April 11, 2016
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Towson, MD – April 11, 2016 – Beginning in 1976 with a small group of six students, Children’s Chorus of Maryland & School of Music (CCM) has grown to include three choirs of highly accomplished and talented children and is considered one of the most comprehensive music education and choral performance programs in the region. CCM celebrates its 40th anniversary with an exciting Spring Concert, 40 Years of Song, at Gordon Center for the Performing Arts in Owings Mills on Sunday, May 1st at 3 pm. Conducted by Artistic Director Susan Bialek, the concert features works by Galuppi, Holst, Bieble, Chilcott, Read, and Goetze. Special guests and collaborators include members of the Handel Choir of Baltimore as well as local-area instrumentalists: Eric Allard, Lindsey Zimmerman, Patrick Hoge and Julia Fitzgerald, violin; Jennifer Murray, viola; James McGonigle and Laurie Meeder, cello; and Julia Martyn Frazier, harp. At the conclusion of the concert, attendees are invited to a reception and a silent auction in support of CCM scholarships.

40 Years of Song!

As a special concert highlight, CCM’s current students will be joined by a choir of alumni spanning nearly the whole of CCM’s history. Children’s Chorus of Maryland has had a lasting impact on many of its Alumni as reflected in the remarks of those returning to sing. Lisa Anne Diver, 2005 CCM graduate and current Director of Upper School Music at Roland Park Country School, commented: “CCM instilled in me a love of learning and music; two things I try to incorporate into my life each and every day.” According to recent graduate, Crystal Cheng, “Not only did I learn to be a better musician from the wonderful teachers there, but I also learned and grew so much as a person. CCM is a community full of amazing and inspiring people!”

Tickets for 40 Years of Song are $15.00 for students and seniors (65+). Tickets for adults range from $17.00 to $25.00 depending on location. Children under age 5 cannot be admitted, due to live recording. Wheelchair-accessible seating is available upon request, call 410-494-1480. Gordon Center for the Performing Arts is located at 3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue, Owings Mills, MD 21117.

BUY TICKETS for this special concert today.

More information about Children’s Chorus of Maryland

Celebrating its 40th season, Children's Chorus of Maryland and School of Music (CCM) is one of the most respected programs for choral music education and performance in the United States. Under the direction of Artistic Director Susan Bialek, the music Conservatory program features highly qualified teachers, small classes, and in-depth vocal enrichment to provide children with a complete musical education and choral experience. Children as young as 5 ½ are encouraged to audition for one of the Conservatory’s three choirs. Classes and rehearsals are offered twice weekly from September to May at CCM’s Towson facility, and performances are held each semester. Children’s Chorus of Maryland welcomes families whose children attend public, private and parochial schools as well as those who are homeschooled. Merit and need-based scholarships are available. In addition to its Conservatory program, CCM offers its “Crickets” classes in September, and January for children ages 4 to 6. This once a week class allows children to explore their musical potential through a variety of games and playful activities. “Music in the Meadow”, a music and nature summer camp, is held in August for children entering Kindergarten through 2nd grade and features singing, crafts, outdoor scavenger hunts, and games.


Donate or participate in our Silent Auction during the 40th Anniversary Annual Spring Concert

April 9, 2016
40th Anniversary Spring Concert and Silent Auction
CCM to hold a Silent Auction for our 40th Anniversary Annual Spring Concert
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Support Children’s Chorus of Maryland & School of Music’s 40th Anniversary Spring Concert and Silent Auction on May 1, 2016 at 3pm at Gordon Center for Performing Arts in Owings Mills. We expect 500 parents, supporters and community members to attend this special event.

About CCM

Founded in 1976, Children’s Chorus of Maryland & School of Music is dedicated to providing the most comprehensive music education and choral performance program in the Baltimore-Washington region. Located near downtown Towson, our program is committed to play-based learning and choral excellence for children ages 4 to 16. Under the direction of Artistic Director Susan Bialek, we feature highly qualified teachers, small classes and in-depth vocal enrichment to help children reach their educational goals and musical potential. Our students come from private, public and parochial schools as well as those with homeschool backgrounds.

While almost 50% of our families currently receive financial assistance, requests for support often exceed available funds.  The money raised from your donation to our silent auction will be used towards children’s scholarships. If you choose to become a Concert Sponsor, your business will receive special recognition at our concert, on promotional materials and on our website. Through your generosity, CCM can continue to fulfill its mission to empower musical children, promote the fine art of choral music for young singers and build a lasting musical legacy for children in the Baltimore region.

How to make a Donation for the Silent Auction

CCM is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, contributions to which are tax-deductible. The letter included in the download link above serves as your receipt for tax purposes. Federal tax id# 521093660.

Deadlines for submission

Mailed submissions: April 18, 2016
Delivered donations: April 20, 2016

Questions about the Silent Auction

Please feel free to contact the Concert Committee Organizer, Sue Goetze at 410-825-6507 or CCM’s Operations Director, Andrea Burgoyne at 410-494-1480.

View the SILENT AUCTION LIST — additional items may be available on the day of the concert.

LEARN MORE about the concert program.
BUY TICKETS for this special concert today.


March is Music in our Schools

March 5, 2016
March is Music in our Schools
Celebrate Music in our Schools!
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CCM artistic director, Susan Bialek, writes about recognizing the importance of giving young music lovers encouragement and exposing them to opportunities to expand their musical experiences and nurture their musical lives. Read it now on coolprogeny.


Calling kids: Here's your chance to sing out

APRIL 29, 2015
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The Children's Chorus of Maryland & School of Music is holding auditions for children ages 5 to 11 on May 2, 27 and June 13. Pictured choir members are, from left, Grayden Redwood, Lydia Montcalmo, Megan McCormick, Morgan Christian, Kaitlin Seibel, Pyotr Sergeevykh, Berlyn Wells-Huber, Dennis Kupchenko, Joey Blank, Anna Fugelso, Audrey Ort, Marin Harris, Eve Moran, Olivia Kasperski, Samantha Bradley, Wilson Pratt and Leland Shaneybrook.
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By Rus VanWestervelt

If your children love to sing, this might be a great opportunity for them.The Children's Chorus of Maryland & School of Music, one of the region's oldest children's choruses and now in its 40th season, is holding auditions for children ages 5 to 11 on May 2, 27 and June 13 at the school on East Towsontown Boulevard.

"Our choirs perform locally during the academic year at well-known regional and national venues," said Tina Owens, marketing director of the music school. "They have earned spots in a variety of children's choral festivals in the U.S. and abroad."

The school's program welcomes families whose children attend public, private and parochial schools as well as those who are home-schooled. Merit and need-based scholarships are also available. Previous singing experience is not necessary, and interested families are asked to sign up for an audition time online at ccmsings.org. For information, call 410-494-1480.

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...and to schedule an audition, visit our Conservatory page.


Memorial Ceremony Honoring Betty Bertaux

OCTOBER 2014
Join us in celebrating the life of our beloved founder, teacher and friend

Betty Bertaux


The memorial will be held on
Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.

at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
1400 Dulaney Valley Road, Lutherville Timonium, Maryland

CCM founder, Dr. Betty Bertaux
Honoring Betty

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. Make a contribution to the Betty Bertaux Memorial Scholarship Fund by clicking the DONATE button below.

Letters of remembrance

Those who wish to reach out with messages may send them care of the CCM offices, 320 East Towsontown Blvd, Terrace Level, Towson Maryland, 21286. Every message is precious to all those who mourn her.

You may also leave a message on the Baltimore Sun notice.

About Betty

Read our special page, Remembering Betty Bertaux

Betty Bertaux Memorial Scholarship Fund


Message (optional)

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Betty Bertaux's Memorial Scholarship Fund

OCTOBER 2014

CCM Founder, Betty BertauxFar 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 deeply she will be missed.

Many have asked how best to honor her, and no gift could be more meaningful than a gift to the scholarship fund of Children’s Chorus of Maryland & School of Music, the organization she birthed and loved and nurtured, for most of 40 years. Contributions to the “Betty Bertaux Memorial Scholarship Fund” may be made by visiting our Donate page or by clicking the Donate button below.

Those who wish to reach out with messages may post them on our Facebook page, or send them care of the CCM offices, 320 East Towsontown Blvd, Terrace Level, Towson Maryland, 21286. Every message is precious to all those who mourn her.

Arrangements are being made for a memorial service, and the details will be posted here as soon as they are finalized. We send our love and thanks to all of you who have reached out to her family and friends. Your kindness and support mean the world to us.

Andrea Burgoyne
Operations Director

Read Betty's Obituary on the Baltimore Sun

Betty Bertaux Memorial Scholarship Fund


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New Artistic Director, Susan Bialek, to start the 2014-2015 Season

JUNE 2014

Children’s Chorus of Maryland & School of Music is very pleased to announce the appointment of Susan Bialek as our new Artistic Director, starting in August 2014!

Susan BialekSusan Bialek brings to CCM a combination of 22 years of experience as an elementary and middle school choral music teacher and department head. Since 1992 she has served as the Director of Elementary and Middle School Music for the Dutchess Day School in Millbrook, New York. She was trained as an intern conductor with the Toronto Children’s Chorus, and co-founded and directed Cappella Festiva Treble Choir, a community-based treble choral program for singers ages ten to eighteen. Susan has a Master of Arts degree in Teaching, Music Education from Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. We're especially excited about Susan's breadth of experience, as she has worked with students of all ages, from very young children to adults. That skill level will serve CCM well. Susan, whose personal and pedagogical philosophies so closely align with CCM’s, will begin her Kodály certification this summer at the esteemed and OAKE-endorsed Hartt School of Music.

A few words from Susan: “CCM is a very exciting and new path for me. My work with my treble choir is my passion and the area in which I have done the most professional development in the last 10 years. It is my strong desire to focus the next chapter of my career on choral music education in a community-based program. It has proven so very rewarding for my singers, who represent public, private, parochial and home school backgrounds, to work collaboratively on diverse and challenging repertoire. Together we have grown and experienced what is truly possible when we commit to the group, strive for excellence, build music literacy and sing in a multitude of foreign languages. We have rehearsed with great attention to detail, laughing now and then, while truly enjoying the music and feeling of accomplishment.”

We are all very excited to welcome Susan to the CCM family. Her ideas, her energy and vision for making fine music and supporting music literacy, promise great things for CCM this coming year.

The CCM Team


Children’s Chorus of Maryland & School of Music announces the September 2014 opening of its new music school in Towson.

APRIL 2014

CCM's new home!

After many years holding rehearsals and classes at St. Timothy's Lutheran Church (recently sold to Agape Church) in Timonium-Lutherville, CCM has found a new home. All 2014-2015 classes for the Music Conservatory program, for children ages 5 ½ to 16, and the Crickets™, music and play program for children ages 4 to 6, will be held in the newly renovated music school.

Central Location

320 E Towsontown Blvd. near downtown Towson in the iconic Cranston building MAP IT

What our new School has to offer

  • Over 3,500 square feet of space in a completely renovated building
  • New Rehearsal Hall
  • Plenty of Classrooms
  • Administrative Offices
  • Parent Lounge
  • Plenty of free parking
  • Ground Floor location is wheelchair accessible and meets ADA standards
Tours of the Music School will be offered this summer.

Contact us by phone or email for more information.


Grand Opening planned for the Fall 2014

To see photos and read the recent article in The Baltimore Sun featuring our new school, go here.

The CCM Team