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The Baltimore Children's Choir is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization in Maryland. The organization shares choral music from a variety of traditions with a broad and diverse audience. We make choral music accessible to children in the greater Baltimore area, in a positive, child-centered environment. We share choral music with students, families, individuals with disabilities, and the elderly through outreach to schools, groups that provide services to children and families, and other relevant organizations and institutions, including those that serve seniors.
Every child at Baltimore Children’s Choir has a unique voice to be celebrated. By offering affordable tuition, scholarship aid for those in need, and musical outreach through our Baltimore School partnerships, we can create a vibrant culture of young voices from diverse backgrounds and abilities that emphasizes inclusion and collaboration. A shared love of music and a sense of belonging builds confidence, joy, and leadership skills that positively impact the greater community.
Access to quality music education is a basic right, and all children should have equal access - regardless of race, socio-economics, learning differences, or neurodiversity. This is the impetus behind our offering of differing neighborhood groups and school partnerships.
Teamwork is integral: By modeling teamwork and collaboration among the staff, the students see us utilize our gifts together. They learn to apply these concepts and work together in a peaceful and positive manner.
Community is crucial: There is magic in having our small community group, and then gathering with one another with the same music, playing games, and working together.
Positive identity is essential and purposeful: Students need to see themselves in their leaders and facilitators.
Meet our Staff
Joseph Shortall is in his 11th season serving as the Baltimore Children's Choir Artistic Director. In addition to his work with BCC, he is the Assistant Director of the Maryland State Boychoir, and he is a choral music specialist in the Baltimore County Schools. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Maryland. Mr. Shortall is an active clinician, church musician, and performer.
Joshua Franklin is in his 6th season with the Baltimore Children's Choir where he serves as a conductor and program associate. Currently working with multiple BCC in-school programs, Mr. Franklin is a master at team building who makes learning fun for all students. In addition to his work at BCC, Mr. Franklin is a professional singer, studio photographer, and fashion designer.
Patricia Shortall is a volunteer General Manager for the Baltimore Children's Choir. Each week, in addition to all of her "behind the scenes" work, she works with our youngest group, Treble Makers. Ms. Shortall is the 1st-grade teacher at St. Casimir Catholic School in Baltimore City. She also sings with the Charm City Singers and Peabody Community Chorus.
This is Cécile Audette’s second season as Assistant Director of the Baltimore Children’s Choir and conductor of the Cantare Singers. In addition to her work at BCC, Ms. Audette is an Assistant Director at the Children’s Chorus of Washington and Coordinator of Outreach at the Canticle Singers of Baltimore. Ms. Audette is a professional singer who maintains an active studio, and her other passion is garden design.
Christopher Correlli joined the Baltimore Children's Choir this past year as our official collaborative pianist. In addition to his work with us, Mr. Correlli is a professional singer and pianist who serves as accompanist of the Peabody Preparatory Vocal Department. He is a parent of 3 delightful BCC members. In addition to the above work, parenting, and maintaining a private piano studio, he is completing his doctoral degree.
We welcome Delia Hatten to the Baltimore Children's Choir this year as a conductor and Program Associate. In her undergraduate studies, Ms. Hatten was a member of the renowned Morgan State Choir. A current and original member of the Urban Choral Arts Society, she has held the position of Director’s Assistant of the YATTAS Performing Arts Summer Camp since 2018. Ms. Hatten is a Master's Degree candidate at Morgan State University pursuing Sociology.
Meet our College Intern - Conducting Scholars
Kendall Prothro (he/him) joins us this year from Towson University, where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. Since middle school, he has had a passion for music. Kendall believes that music has the power to bring communities together and can inspire and empower children to embrace their identities. We look forward to partnering with Kendall this year at Baltimore Children's Choir.
Liam Jones is currently a senior at Towson University studying Music Education. Since 2015, he has served as a Worship Leader at Central Presbyterian Church in Towson and has held a staff position as a Worship Specialist since 2018. Liam loves to share his passion and joy for singing with everyone around him, and he is excited and honored to be part of the Baltimore Children's Choir Team this year.
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