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Student selected for PMEA State Choral Festival

Evan Nelson has been selected for the 2017  PMEA All-State Choral Festival. He will be one of 200 students from around the state participating.  Forty-eight students from the PMEA Region V Choral Festival, which was hosted at Charter Arts in February, were selected to move onto the state festival.

Music Department Field Trip was filled with Fun & Inspiration

On March 24th, the music department field trip to New York City began with a guided architecture tour of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (Episcopal), located on the upper West Side, which is the largest gothic cathedral in the world by length.
The afternoon was filled with a variety of activities. One group went to the Central Park Zoo, one group went to the Starlight Diner, which is staffed by Broadway singers who serenade the patrons, and another group took a guided tour of the New York City Library’s rare and autographed manuscript collection, where students had the chance to see and touch (!) original handwritten manuscripts by some of the masters of classical music, including: Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven.
Everyone then enjoyed an evening performance of Beethoven’s opera “Fidelio” at the world-famous Metropolitan Opera House.

Charter Arts receives Lehigh Valley Music Award

In early March, Charter Arts Executive Director & CEO, Diane LaBelle, and Artistic Director of Vocal Music, David Macbeth attended the Lehigh Valley Music Awards to accept the prestigious Board of Directors Award. The award was given to Charter Arts, The School of Rock, and The Lesson Center for providing musical opportunities and education for young people.  Students from each organization came together on stage for a special performance honoring David Bowie.

Touring Choir performed in Annual Bach Family Concert
The Charter Arts Touring Choir performed on February 28th as part of the Bach Family Concert at Lehigh University’s Zoellner Arts Center.The Touring Choir has also been asked to perform with the legendary rock band, Foreigner, again this spring.  The choir performed with the band last year at the Sands.

Singing with The Tenors
The Charter Arts Touring Choir had the privilege to perform on stage at the Sands in November with the Canadian vocal quartet and international sensation, The Tenors. This performance adds to the choir’s eclectic list of performances with major acts at the Sands….the choir has performed in the past with the pop group Paramore, Video Games Live and the rock group, Foreigner.

(Above: The Charter Arts Touring Choir takes a pic with The Tenors backstage at the Sands Event Center.)

Charter Arts has been named as a GRAMMY Signature School Semifinalist for 2016
Go Charter Arts! The GRAMMY Foundation released the list of schools that have made the semifinals for 2016.  Charter Arts is one of the schools in the running!  Finalists will be named in March, and each finalist school will receive a grant.

Touring Choir were first to perform in Peggie’s Bell
On Tuesday, the Charter Arts Touring Choir went to Lehigh University to perform in Peggie’s Bell, an acoustic space produced by the Lehigh University Department of Art, Architecture and Design. The structure is currently being built by Lehigh students under the direction of professors, Richard Kroeker and Anthony Viscardi.
The bell is activated by the human voice.

The experience of listening to the beautiful sound of the choir was blissful and emotional for everyone who witnessed it.  A sudden gust of autumn leaves fell almost ceremoniously as the choir began to sing. The bell was named after Peggie Sisson, a dance teacher who had a love of dance and music.

Singing with Tony Orlando
Today, four vocal students along with Mr. Brown performed with Tony Orlando as well as Tony Iannelli, of the Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, for the chamber’s annual awards meeting held at the Sands Event Center.  A highlight for the students was performing Orlando’s hit, “Knock Three Times” in front of the exuberant crowd of over 1,000 area business owners, community leaders and dignitaries.

Mr. Macbeth, Director of Vocal Music, awarded choral conducting fellowship with Norfolk Summer Chamber Music Festival

After a lengthy application and audition process, Mr. Macbeth was awarded a choral conducting fellowship with the Yale Summer School of Music- Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.
This highly competitive music festival has a very unique history dating back to the 1890’s.  Only ten choral conducting fellowships are granted per year, with each recipient receiving fully subsidized tuition. With this award Mr. Macbeth will have the opportunity to receive intense, one on one choral conducting critique from internationally-recognized conductor, Simon Carrington.  He is professor emeritus and former head of the choral conducting program at Yale, and is one of the founding members of the King’s Singers, an ensemble universally recognized as one of the top ten professional chamber choirs on the planet!
David Macbeth photo

Cars & Choir
Well the Charter Arts Touring Choir has certainly had a wide range of performances this year, including its March 18 performance at the Lehigh Valley Auto Show Preview Gala.  You could have heard a pin drop in Stabler Arena as the choir began to sing and the large crowd of guests drew closer to watch the performance.



Rockin’ with Legends

The Charter Arts Touring Choir performed with legendary rock group, Foreigner, on February 20.  Read More!

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