Chesapeake Children's Chorus

The Chesapeake Children’s Chorus is founded with a vision of uniting Southern Maryland youth through singing.  Operating as the children’s branch of the local adult choir St. Maries Musica, CCC is an auditioned vocal ensemble that meets weekly to provide musically-interested students with a unique choral education.  Admission is open for youth age 8 and up in the Tri-County Area.


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THANK YOU for your support of Chesapeake Children's Chorus fundraisers. The CCC did a great job performing The National Anthem performing at the Blue Crabs game Sunday, Sept. 17 at the Regency Stadium in Waldorf, MD.  Click below to see the video! 

Blue Crabs game video!


2018 Spring auditions for Chesapeake Children's Chorus will be held Wednesday, January 10, Thursday, January 11, Wednesday, January 11  & Thursday January 18 at Leonardtown High School between 6:00 pm and 8:00 p.m. Please select the CCC AUDITIONS box below and fill out the CCC auditions application form.  You may select a date and time for your auditions or select No Preference for date or time.  You will be contacted for your scheduled audition time and date.  Thank you for your interest!

Auditions are open for students ages 8 and up.
Click on "CCC AUDITIONS" box below to access the CCC Audition application form.


New and returning singers must complete the CCC Singer Registration form at the beginning of the fall semester.  Please click on the CCC SINGER REGISTRATION box below.


Please use the PAY CCC DUES box to pay the CCC tuition in the fall if you didn't use the link in the registration process or in the spring for returning singers.



Students are expected to be present at all rehearsals on their assigned dates and times.  Parents must notify the artistic director of any missed rehearsals in advance in writing at  Students are allowed two excused, and two unexcused absences.  Any other rehearsals missed are subject to possible testing on sections that were covered during rehearsals that were missed.  The director will email parents in advance if rehearsals are postponed or cancelled.  The director also will not schedule additional rehearsals once the Spring 2018 schedule has been finalized.  Students who miss the two final dress rehearsals prior to our concert, may not be able to perform on May 2.
Absence Forms

Absence Forms will be now handled online through the St. Maries Choral Arts website.  Absence Forms will be on the Parents page of the CCC Page and can be found at  Click on the CCC ABSENCE button to record an absence.  Absence Forms will be forwarded to Mr. E. 



A letter from the director


Welcome Chesapeake Children’s Chorus Singers!




I’m Carl Ellinwood, and I’m excited to be the new artistic director for CCC.  I’m looking forward to making music with you in both a fun, learning, and creative environment.  I hope this experience allows you to enhance your musical abilities, and gives you opportunities to make new friends and experiences. 


Throughout our rehearsals, we’ll be learning various repertoire where students will learn how to practice music, and how to use such skills in a performance.  Each rehearsal will consist of working on singing skills, musical rhythm, composition, and even musical games.  Such skills will allow students future opportunities throughout their career on local, and state wide levels.


While rehearsals will be a fun experience for students, I do ask students to practice material that is covered during rehearsals, so they are prepared to grow as our upcoming concerts approach.  This will help build students’ confidence, and allow them to go above and beyond in being the best musicians they can be.  I’m confident that this experience will provide students lots of opportunities not just in music, but to work as a team, in creating music in a community. 


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at  Also check out our Facebook page at Chesapeake Children's Chorus, and follow us on Twitter @ChildrensChes.  Parents are also more than welcome to attend rehearsals to be a part of the experience. 


I look forward to making wonderful music!




Carl Ellinwood

Artistic Director

Chesapeake Children’s Chorus!



Meet the...

NEW DIRECTOR, Carl Ellinwood


Carl Ellinwood is a PreK-5th General Music, Band, and Chorus Teacher at Oakville Elementary School, in St. Mary’s County, MD.  He recently served as the 2016 Guest Conductor for the St. Mary’s County All County Elementary Honors Chorus.  Prior to teaching in Maryland, Mr. Ellinwood taught General Music at Forked River School, and General Music, Band, and Chorus at Eagleswood Elementary School, both in Ocean County, NJ. 


In addition to teaching, Mr. Ellinwood is also a professional singer, performing as a soloist/chorister for the Washington Master Chorale, Choralis, the Washington National Cathedral, and the Old Presbyterian Meeting House in Alexandria, VA, where he also serves as the Children's Choral Director.  2016 performances include; singing the National Anthem at the Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, MD, and the Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, MD.   


In 2008 Mr. Ellinwood received his Bachelors of Arts in Music and Bachelors of Arts in Radio/TV/Film at Rowan University, in Glassboro, NJ. At Rowan, he was a member of the Rowan Concert Choir, which performed at venues in Rome, Vatican City, Sienna, Florence, and Venice. Mr. Ellinwood also played the First Priest and Armored Man in “The Magic Flute” and was in “Albert Herring.”


Mr. Ellinwood continued his studies with a Masters of Music Education from Marywood University in 2012.  At Marywood, he was a member of Campus Choir, and the Chamber Singers. Mr. Ellinwood was a featured soloist for Campus Choir, performing Rachmaninoff's "All-Night Vigil.”  He also was a soloist for Chamber Singers performing "Easter," and "The Call," from "Five Mystical Songs" by Vaughan Williams. In 2010, Mr. Ellinwood performed in the Marywood Opera Scenes Showcase singing various roles from “Rigoletto,” “Dialogues of the Carmelites”, “La Bohème,” “The Magic Flute,” “Candide,” and “Don Pasquale.” During 2011, he performed the roles of Spalanzani, Cochenille, and Frantz, in “The Tales of Hoffmann," at the 2011 Halifax Summer Opera Workshop, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Mr. Ellinwood was also a Tenor Section Leader for St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Mr. Ellinwood has performed in the professional choruses of Opera Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Singers, and the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia. He was also a Tenor Section Leader for St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, & the Washington Memorial Chapel, in Valley Forge, PA. While at St. Paul's, Mr. Ellinwood was the Tenor Soloist for Dale Adelmann's "Steal Away," which was performed at the Washington National Cathedral. He also sang with the Tim Keyes Consort featuring arrangements of "Te Deum" by Gibbons, Mozart, and Dvorak.


Mr. Ellinwood is honored to be the artistic director for the Chesapeake Children’s Chorus as he is able to continue his passion for sharing his gift with students, and to help them reach their best potential. 



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