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Betty Bertaux
20415 Keeney Mill Rd.
Freeland, MD 21053
Betty Bertaux, Composer and Arranger

Currently serving as Director of the innovative Sing For Success! research study project in Hagerstown, MD, Betty Bertaux also continues to accept composition commissions and to actively compose and arrange music, especially for children's choruses. Her most recent compositions and arrangements include Sing On!, Hine Ma Tov, Cornish Wassail, and Chatter with the Angels.

Well known as a creator of music, Bertaux's insightful understanding of young singers and compositional craft marks her artistic compositions and arrangements for children's choirs. They are published by Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers, New York, and several other music publishers, and they are performed by hundreds of choirs from amateur school and church choirs to professional level choirs such as the American Boy Choir, the San Francisco Girls Choir, the Toronto Children's Chorus, the Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus, the Syracuse Children's Chorus and others.

Bertaux has written commissioned works for: Contra Costa Children's Chorus; Spring Branch School District; Fort Bend Boys Choir; Children's Chorus of Maryland; Womens Philharmonic Brass Ensemble; Lynn Griebling, Soprano; Young Naperville Singers; Ramona Galey, Trumpet; Texas Choral Directors Association; West Virginia Music Educators Association; and Flushing Community Schools. Dr. Bertaux has also commissioned significant works for children's chorus by other composers, such as Miracles by Theodore Morrison and A Midge of Gold by Dr. Elam Sprenkle.


Original works, as well as arrangements, for children's chorus and piano, with optional other instruments, in SS, SSA, SSA, SSAA, and other treble combinations, are available with minimum 6 months notice. It is most advisable to plan at least one year in advance.

More About Betty:
Throughout the duration of her career spanning over 50 years, Dr. Betty Bertaux has brought music and music education to many thousands of children. Equally adept at teaching both children and adults, she has influenced countless numbers of children through the instruction of hundreds of music educators and choral conductors who have attended her courses, conference presentations, workshops and clinics. She is frequently invited as a featured presenter for national, state and international conferences and is experienced as a guest conductor and choral adjudicator for children's choirs and festivals.

Betty Bertaux founded the Children's Chorus of Maryland & School of Music (CCM) in 1976. It proved to become one of the prototypes for community children's choruses, which would emerge throughout the United States in subsequent years. CCM continues to serve musically gifted children in the Greater Baltimore Area. In addition, under her leadership, in 2001 CCM parented the American Kodaly Institute (AKI), housed at Loyola College of Maryland, a training facility for music educators and choral conductors in the Mid-Atlantic States.

Dr. Bertaux's profession is comprised of four components: educating, composing, conducting and consulting. She holds the M. M. with Kodaly Emphasis from Holy Names College (1975), where she has also taught Kodaly methodology and supervised student teaching. Active nationally as a clinician in the areas of children's choirs, voice development and musicianship training, she has a 38 year history of teaching children in numerous public and private schools. She is also an experienced teacher of singing and aural skills to adults. Internationally known for her compositions and arrangements for treble choirs, she holds the M. M. in Composition from the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University. Her intuitive insights, extensive experience, training, and creative output uniquely qualify her as a professional in her field.

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