The newly renovated space, designed by CCM parents who are also architects, will open this fall and include classrooms, a rehearsal hall, offices, a parents' lounge and a kitchen area.

"It's just going to be fabulous having a home," Bertaux said. "When the kids walk in, it's theirs. When the parents walk in, it's theirs."

In the interim, CCM is using the building's third floor for classrooms and offices. Already, Galey said she can see more continuity between staff members and parents.

"Parents just pop their heads in the door," she said. "It's just so much more grounded. There's much more communication and face time."

With the new space also comes the ability to accommodate more students. Galey said she would like to enroll 70 more students by the fall, bringing the total enrollment to about 150.

That's why this year's auditions are so important, CCM leaders said.

Children don't need to know how to read or write music before auditioning. They just need to enjoy singing, Owens said. During the 30-minute auditions, instructors will ask children to sing a song of their choice, as well as assess their learning style and musical aptitude.

"It's low-key, low-stress and fun," Owens said.

Parents like Wells said they are glad CCM finally has a home and are looking forward to the extra room and possibilities it will bring.

"There's an excitement in the air that when we come back in the fall, we'll be in our space that was designed for us," Wells said.

Auditions begin April 3 and run through May 29 for children who are 5 years old and entering first grade through age 11. There is a $25 fee per audition. To schedule an audition, visit or call 410-494-1480.