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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SMCA December 17, 2017 "Believe!" Concert

Tickets are now available for the December 17, 2017 SMCA Concert, "Believe!".  The concert will be held at St. Mary's Ryken High School at 2:00 p.m.  children 18 and younger are free, adult tickets are $10.00.  To order tickets for adults and children, please use this link.


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!


2017 Fall auditions for Chesapeake Children's Chorus are closed for the fall season.  Auditions will be open again later this year for our spring season.  Please feel free to fill out the CCC auditions form below and you will be contacted at a later date. 

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.


CCC Program Shout-outs

Here is your chance to give a SHOUT-OUT to your Chesapeake Children's Chorus singer in the St. Maries Choral Arts concert program!  Tell your CCC singer how proud you are of them.  They will love it!  DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING SHOUTOUTS IS NOVEMBER 13!


CCC Singer T-shirts

T-shirt orders are now being taken for CCC singers.  There is no charge for a T-shirt for the CCC singers.  Additional shirts may also be ordered.     Click the CCC T-SHIRTS button to order a shirt for your CCC singer and see the link to order additional shirts.

order deadline is October 8, 2017


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. 



Chorus (coming Soon!)