Chesapeake Children's Chorus has a 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.