CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Choir School at St. Peter’s, Charlotte’s leading music education program, today announced it is changing its name to Charlotte Choir School. The name change reflects the organization’s commitment to the city of Charlotte and the community it serves.
The 30th season for Charlotte Choir School carries on following the completion of their Fall Concert in October. The music education program announces the details of their annual Christmas concert with tradition woven throughout.
Originally founded in 1993 as a boys choir in the classic English tradition, the now-independent school has grown to include five distinct choirs of boys and girls whose members range in age from seven to eighteen, in residence at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.
“We have chorister alum who now have their children going through the program,” Artistic Director, Elizabeth Lenti explains. “As the seasons go on, we find so much joy in seeing traditions being formed not only within our program but within the choristers that emerge from it.”
Tieing in the tradition and joy this season brings, the independent non-profit plans for a full house to attend their annual Christmas concert, Joyful, set to take place on December 9th and 10th at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.
“Our Christmas concert is a staple of our program which we love bringing to the Charlotte community each year. This year, our 30th season, brings so many reasons to celebrate, which is why we chose the name Joyful for the concert. You can expect to hear classics alongside carols making it the perfect family outing to get into the holiday spirit,” Lenti says.
Every year the choirs of Charlotte Choir School perform for thousands of audience members, offering three concerts at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Uptown Charlotte as well as performances in secular and sacred settings throughout the Charlotte region. As part of their season this year, the MasterSingers will be the choir in Residence at Well Cathedral in Wells, England from July 6th through the 17th.
Along with MasterSingers, the Boys and Girls Tour Choirs will begin to travel domestically during Summer 2023. Exact dates and locations will be announced early Spring.
How to buy tickets to Joyful: Tickets will be available to the public beginning Friday, Nov. 11 online at https://charlottechoirschool.org.
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About Charlotte Choir School
Since 1993, Charlotte Choir School has enriched and strengthened young lives through excellent, rigorous music education and choral performance. Conceived in the English choral tradition, the program serves young men and women from every background and corner of the Charlotte region, with more than 75 students aged seven to 18 comprising five distinct choirs. Over its nearly 30 year history, the organization has taught more than 800 Charlotte-area students. Entirely tuition-free, the 501(c)3 nonprofit relies on individual contributions, foundation, and corporate support. You can learn more at CharlotteChoirSchool.org.
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Whether you’ve been attending Charlotte Choir School concerts for years, or this will be your first time, we want you to enjoy yourself and support our singers as a comfortable member of our audience. Here are some frequently asked questions about the concert-going experience that may help.
Our choirs love an enthusiastic and appreciative audience, so we encourage your applause. Please hold any applause during short pauses between movements or sections of longer pieces. Once a complete piece has ended, your applause is greatly appreciative. A standing ovation for our final curtain call is always appreciated, too!
Food or beverage is not permitted in our main stage venue, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Please respect the sanctity of our founding partner’s worship space.
Concerts begin promptly at the announced starting time. Latecomers and those who leave the venue before or during a work will be seated at the first appropriate break in the program.
Please consider how long it will take you to park, walk to our venue, check in, and have a moment before the show to familiarize yourself with the program and relax. We suggest you arrive at the venue at least 20 minutes before showtime.
Yes, cell phones and cameras are allowed. However, we require that you turn off all cell phones, cameras, pagers, beeping watches, and other electronic devices before the performance begins — and that you check to see that they are again turned off after any intermission.Audience members may take photographs before and after the concert. Please note, however, that no photography or recording of any kind is permitted during the performance. Anyone seen using a camera, smart phone, or other device for these activities will be asked to leave.
Our main stage concerts are about 90 minutes and are generally presented without an intermission.
Tickets are sold on our website and all tickets are delivered by email to the purchaser. We do not have a will call, and your ticket (printed or on device) must be presented for proof at the venue.
For main stage concerts at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church or First United Methodist Church, free parking is provided in the TransAmerica Square parking garage on Seventh Street. Enter on Seventh just west of Tryon and bring your ticket with you to the show for validation.
You’re Uptown for a concert in Charlotte — have fun! But there’s no need to stress. Business or business casual works for all main stage concerts. Most importantly, we want you to be comfortable.
That’s okay! We perform sacred and secular choral music with a repertoire that features a mix of accessible, familiar choral works, and some pieces you may not expect. You don’t need to know anything about our repertoire to enjoy our concerts. We will publish the concert program in advance, with information about the composers featured and pieces to be performed. We’ll also include links to Spotify and Apple Music where you can hear some pieces in commercial recordings. Elizabeth Lenti, our Artistic Director, also offers program notes from the stage with information on what to listen for in a piece.