CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The 30th season has started for Charlotte’s leading music education program, Charlotte Choir School. Ticket sales begin today for the one night only performance at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on October 14, 2022.
“With the joining of two new staff members, Charlotte Choir School has a great deal to look forward to this year. It is our 30th season as well as the year our MasterSingers will travel to England for the Cathedral Residency in Wells. Preparation has been underway for quite some time and we are delighted to see it come to fruition,” Artistic Director, Elizabeth Lenti explains.
Adding to the beginning of another enriching year, Charlotte Choir School appoints Dr. Andrew Pester as Associate Director and Ms. Hunter Rigsby, M.A. as Program Coordinator.
A native of Dayton, OH, Dr. Andrew Pester is active as an organist, conductor, and composer who has performed across the United States and Europe, extensively in collaborative endeavors, including as organ soloist in Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and as continuo organist for Monteverdi’s Vespers (1610) with the renowned renaissance wind band, Piffaro. Prior to his appointment as Associate Director of Charlotte Choir School, Pester was Associate Minister of Music at Morning Star Lutheran Church (Matthews, NC) and Associate Director of Music and Organist at Providence UMC (Charlotte, NC).
Joining Charlotte Choir School this Fall with Dr. Pester is Kinston, NC native, Ms. Hunter Rigsby, M.A. as Program Coordinator. Rigsby obtained a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre from The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and a Master of Arts in Arts Administration from Winthrop University. While in college, she held the title of Performing Arts Coordinator for The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina to then move on to begin her career as a Theater Arts educator, directing and teaching students.
The Fall Concert will begin at 7:30PM with doors opening at 7:00.
How to buy tickets to the Fall Concert: Tickets are available to the public beginning Tuesday, October 4 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.