Board of Directors

Andrea Burgoyne, Secretary

CCM Executive Director

Andrea BurgoyneThis year marks Andrea Burgoyne’s 22nd year of involvement with Children’s Chorus of Maryland, having joined CCM’s professional staff in 2006, after 12 years as a CCM parent and volunteer. Upon earning her BA in vocal performance from Towson University as a student of Ruth Drucker, she went on to teach and perform for the next 30 years, while also developing a management career in arts and education. She has co-taught the Early Music Ensemble at Towson University, served as assistant to the director of the Festival Chamber Players, and performed with the Annapolis Opera, the Baltimore Symphony Chorus, and as both chorus member and soloist with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society. On one happy occasion, she sang under the baton of Leonard Bernstein in a performance of Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony. For 34 years she served as soprano soloist at St. John\’s Episcopal Church in Glyndon, while also maintaining a private studio of piano, voice and music theory students.

In recent years she has served as Concert Manager and then Operations Director for CCM, while also providing business and trust management for Pro Musica Rara and the Walsh Educational Trust. In her volunteer life she has served as board member and President of the Child Study Association of Maryland, and on the boards of the Towson University Alumni Association, Children’s Chorus of Maryland, and several other organizations. She has been active as both a Girl Scout and Boy Scout leader, and is a winner of the Natalie Hoffman award for her volunteer service. Andrea is the mother of two CCM grads. Her husband, Kenneth Goldstein, is a violinist with the BSO.

Andrea succeeds Ramona Galey, who will continue with CCM as Finance Director and board member.

Ramona Galey, Finance Director

CCM Finance Director

Ramona GaleyRamona Galey joined Children's Chorus of Maryland in 2000 and served as its Executive Director until 2015. After stepping back from the top leadership position, she continues to support CCM as Finance Director and as Treasurer of the Board of Directors, in addition to working in her private consulting and coaching practice. Ms. Galey holds a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Performance from Rice University and a Bachelor of Music Education from Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. She also holds a Certificate in Project Management and a Masters Certificate in Leadership in Nonprofit Management, in addition to many courses, workshops and seminars in accounting, business law, systems analysis, nonprofit development, marketing, investments and grant-writing.

Jason Herring

Change Management, T. Rowe Price; CCM Alumni Liaison

Jason HerringJason Herring was last involved with Children’s Chorus of Maryland in the alumni chorus for the “40 Years of Song” celebration in Spring 2016. Before that, we hadn’t seen him since 1994 when he graduated from CCM. In between those times, he earned a BA in Computer Information Systems from Towson University, and has had a two-decades long career performing Information Technology functions for prestigious Baltimore-area organizations like GBMC, Legg Mason, and most recently T. Rowe Price.

Jason’s continuous engagement with other alumni before, during, and after the 40th anniversary positions him to be able to successfully communicate to alumni what Children’s Chorus of Maryland is anticipating from them, and vice versa.

Patricia McKewen Amato


Patricia McKewen AmatoPatricia McKewen Amato's extensive operatic experience includes duties as conductor, coach, and accompanist at the AIMS Institute in Graz, Austria, Brevard Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Peabody Institute, and the Young Victorian Theatre. She served as assistant music director of the Baltimore Opera Company and music director of its touring company; music director/conductor for Annapolis Opera, Maryland Lyric Opera, Brevard Music Festival, Opera Americana, Washington Savoyards, Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, and Rep Stage; and assistant conductor/chorus master for Washington Summer Opera. A versatile pianist, Ms. Amato frequently performs with the Children's Chorus of Maryland, Annapolis Opera, Annapolis Chorale, Baltimore Choral Arts, Baltimore Symphony, Maryland Symphony, Baltimore Opera, Prince George's Opera and Philharmonic, and Metropolitan Opera regional competitions. Ms. McKewen Amato is a first place winner in the Houston Chamber Music Society Competition; recently performing The Carnival of the Animals with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and Carmina Burana with the Baltimore Choral Arts. She made her Lincoln Center conducting debut in 1999 in an all-Charles Loeffler program, subsequently recorded on Koch International. Ms. McKewen Amato is a coach/accompanist for the voice division at Towson University, the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz Austria, and the Children's Chorus of Maryland. She holds a BM from the Catholic University of America (magna cum laude), a MM from the University of Houston (magna cum laude), and certificates in lieder, opera, and chamber music from The American Institute of Musical Studies, in Graz, Austria.

Susan Goetze

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