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 entering grades 2 - 9 in the Tri-County Area.


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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THE Chesapeake Children's Chorus fundraiserS with SweetFrog AND POTBELLY in California, MD on June 8th. tHE KIDS SOUNDED GREAT! 


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!)