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Summer Academy 2017

The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts Summer Academy is a program of arts enrichment workshops and day camps. A participant does not have to be a current student at Charter Arts to attend. The workshops are open to the community.  There are workshops for middle school students and high school students, ages 10-18


Download Registration Form and mail in with payment


610-868-2971 ext. 3185

Kids & Teens Program

Early drop-off is available at 8:30am.  Please be sure to indicate the need for this service when registering.

Scroll down for the Summer Academy Cancellation and Refund Policy

One Week Session:  July 10-14
9:30am-12:00pm daily
Fee:  $155 if registered by May 15, 2017.   $175 after May 15.

Enjoy a week of explorations in this fun camp focused on the wonders of science. The workshop will be taught by the Charter Arts Science Department.  Participants will experience a new exploration each day, which will highlight a specific area, including:  physics, environmental science, anatomy & physiology, chemistry, and biology. Open to children entering 5th-8th grades

Musical Theatre Vocal Workshop- Acting through Song- REGISTRATION IS CLOSED!
One Week Session: July 10-14

9:30-12:00pm daily
Open to children entering 6th-8th grade (5th grade may be considered on individual basis)
Instructor:  Nina Elias

In musical theater, we sing because our characters are feeling something so monumental, it is beyond speech. There is no other option. We cannot speak it—we must sing it!

Participants of this workshop will leave knowing the difference between singing a song and performing a song, and they will gain the skills to do so in their schools, community theaters, auditions, and beyond.  Class will start with group warm-ups and vocalization/storytelling exercises. We’ll talk about good vowel and breath technique, musical theatre technique, singing with emotion and beauty, dynamics, and healthy vocal expression.  Coaching will include both vocal and acting technique. There will be a short showcase for parents on the last day.  Participants will gain confidence, along with a new strategy they’ll use to approach future songs. They will leave the workshop with a finished product ready for auditions, recitals, showcases, etc. Participants can bring a musical theatre solo piece of their choosing, or the instructor can choose a piece for them.  This workshop is open to beginner to intermediate young vocalists.  Participants should have a basic comfort level of presenting in front of others.

Teen Theatre Intensive: Acting & Writing- Great for any teen actor who also loves to write!  
One Week Session: July 10-14
9:30am-12:00pm daily
Fee: $175
Instructor: Christopher Morris
For the younger teen actor who wants to push their acting to the next level, this workshop will be jam-packed with exercises that will fine tune the actor’s individual style. This workshop will also include some writing as well. A great workshop for a student who is considering attending Charter Arts.Open to children entering 8th-11th grade.

Shakespeare Intensive Workshop- Mr. Morris could teach this all day! 
One Week Session: July 17-21
9:30am-12:00pm daily
Instructor: Christopher Morris
“To be or not to be..”–This workshop will challenge the teen actor with all that is Shakespeare–from fundamentals to performing soliloquies. Certainly a MUST HAVE skill set in every actor’s arsenal of training and an important resume builder.
Open to teens entering 8th-12th grade.  (younger student may be considered on an individual basis.)

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Photo Discovery- One-Day WorkshopNEW!!

Ideal for a child who is interested in photography or art in general, in this workshop, participants will enjoy making sun prints, photo collages, and will learn how the first film cameras worked by constructing a paper view camera. Open to children entering 6th-8th grades (5th grade may be considered).  This workshop is taught by Patricia Scialo, a fine art photographer and art educator.  Limited to ten participants.
One-Day Session, either July 18 or July 25.

July 18 One-Day Session ( no longer available)
July 25 One-Day Session (still open)
$55 (includes art materials).  $5 OFF if registered by July 15, 2017.

Opera and Classical Voice Workshop
One Week Session:  July 17-21

David Macbeth photo9:30am-12:00pm daily $175
Instructor:  David Macbeth
Opera and classical music are more popular than ever with children and teens. From acts like Jackie Evancho and the Italian teen pop opera trio, Il Volo, classical voice is making an impact on all ages. This workshop is for the intermediate to advanced vocal student, with a developed voice. Not for beginners.  Open to teens entering 9th-12th grade. (8th grader may be considered on an individual basis)

Fun with Art- Painting & Drawing 101
One Week Session:  July 17-21
9:30am-12:00pm daily

This workshop is designed for the novice young artist who is interested in learning the basics of painting and drawing.  Participants will spend a portion of each session working on each art form.  Open to children entering 5th-7th grades. After instruction and direction, participants will work independently on their projects for a portion of each class.

Acting Camp 101
One Week Session: July 17-21
9:30am-12pm daily

This workshop is open to children entering 5th-7th grades. This session will be a fun exploration of the basics of acting, including improvisation and character development. Participants will learn how to express themselves in front of an audience when they perform a short showcase for parents at the end of the session.  Instructor:  Chris Ryland

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Pop & Jazz Vocal Workshop– This group performs at Musikfest!
One Week Session: July 31- August 4
9:30am-12:30pm daily
Instructor: Chet Brown
So you want to perform like a Pop Star or Jazz Singer? This program is designed to give vocal students a major edge in all aspects of performing in front of an audience. Each student will develop their music skills through coaching and ensemble work. Participants will create a show to be performed at Musikfest on August 8th.
Open to teens entering 8th-12th grade.  (a 7th grade student may be considered on an individual basis)

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A Limited Number of  Scholarships are available for the Pop & Jazz Vocal Workshop.  If  you would like more information, email:

Summer Academy Instructors:

Chet Brown works as a studio vocalist and voice over talent in the Philadelphia area and is a member of The James Gerard Orchestra.  He has an extensive performance career and is a member of the music faculty at Charter Arts.  Read more about Mr. Brown.

Nina Elias is sought after by directors and musical directors for her ability to tell a story through song with precise emotion. She is a featured singer with Star of the Day Event Productions, and a member of their elite group of singers, the Divas. She has performed on some of the Valley’s biggest stages, including recent performance as Judy Bernly in Civic Theatre’s production of 9 to 5. Other favorite roles include Young Phyllis in Follies (Civic), Little Becky Two Shoes in Urinetown (Civic), Olive Ostrovsky in …Spelling Bee (Playhouse), Sandra Bloom in Big Fish (SOTD), the sole Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (SOTD), Louise in Gypsy (SOTD), and Amy in Company (Playhouse).  Nina is also the musical director at Salisbury High School, helping the school earn its first Freddy Award in 11 years for our 2016 production of …Spelling Bee.

David Macbeth is the Artistic Director of Vocal Music at The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts.  Read more about Mr. Macbeth.

Chris Morris is a member of the theatre faculty at Charter Arts.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts and master’s degree in secondary education from Bloomsburg University.  Read more about Mr. Morris.

Christopher Ryland is an alumnus of Charter Arts.  He is also back by popular demand to teach this summer program.  Past participants of the summer program have raved about Mr. Ryland.  Christopher  attended Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where he studied medicine, while honing his skills and talents in theater and Japanese Language. Over the last few years, Christopher has spent time studying in the Rainforest in Australia and New Zealand, pursing studies in Shakespearean Theater at University of Houston’s Master of Fine Arts Department and continues to give back to the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, teaching Suzuki Actors training classes and stage combat. With aspirations for medical school, Christopher continues to serve now as an emergency medical technician for the Lehigh Valley.

Patricia Scialo is a fine art photographer and educator.  She has been creating and teaching photography processes and hand-crafted darkroom techniques since 1980.  In addition to her long history of solo exhibitions throughout the region, Patricia was an Artist-in-Residence with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Arts in Education from 1990-2012.  She has also had a successful professional portrait business since 2002 and has been a Studio Artist at Reading’s acclaimed Goggleworks Center for the Arts since 2013.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Summer Academy 2017

Student Registration, Cancellation and Refund Policy:

  • Full payment is required at time of registration. Partial payments or payment plans are not available for this program.
  • Students who have registered and have paid in full for a Summer Academy workshop, who choose to cancel their registration, must notify the Summer Academy Coordinator in writing at
  • A student who cancels his/her registration more than 10 business days prior to class start date, is eligible for a 100% refund. A student who cancels his/her registration 5-9 business days prior to class start date, will be eligible for a 50% refund.  A student who cancels his/her registration less than 5 business days prior to class start date, will not eligible for a refund.
  • A student who has registered and paid in full for a workshop, seminar or camp, who chooses to terminate his/her participation after the class start date, will not be eligible for a refund, but can transfer unused hours toward another workshop in the 2017 Summer Academy based on availability. This credit must be used during the 2017 Summer Academy Program and cannot be transferred to another program at a later date.

Course Cancellation:

The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts Summer Academy reserves the right to cancel a course due to insufficient enrollment.  If a camp or workshop is cancelled, students will be notified in writing, and all registered students who have paid in full will be eligible for a full refund OR students may choose to transfer their registration fee to another course or workshop in the 2017 Summer Academy .  The Charter Arts Summer Academy reserves the right to replace a course instructor without notification.