Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts Music Department Presents Spring 2022 Concert Series | The Valley Register

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Featured Image: The Charter Arts Orchestra performs at the 2021 Winter Concert under the direction of Thomas Maher. Christmas Town Studio

BETHLEHEM, PA — The acclaimed Music Department at Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts (Charter Arts) will host its highly anticipated Spring 2022 Concert Series with stunning performances featuring more than 200 talented young singers and musicians.

the Spring 2022 Choral Concertwhich will take place on May 9 and 10, 2022 at 7:00 p.m., will feature the 9/10 choir, the 11/12 choir, the charter arts, the treble choir and the charter arts choir performing works engaging and diverse, including excerpts from James Mulholland’s Mass, Romantic Massseveral works by Eric Whitacre, an Indian raga, high-pitched pieces in Spanish and French, an arrangement of There’s no mountain high enough, written by Ashford & Simpson, and more! The concert will end with a combined finale with Fresh and fearless by Daniel Elder and Will the circle be unbroken arranged by J. David Moore.

the Spring Instrumental Concertwhich will take place on May 13, 2022 at 7 p.m., will feature the Charter Arts Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Guitar Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble performing works by composers such as Phillip Glass, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Igor Stravinsky, Camille Saint-Saens and Bela Fleck!

All concerts will take place at the Charter Arts Theatre, located on the school campus at 321 East 3rd Street, Bethlehem.

Tickets for each concert cost between $5 and $10 and can be purchased on the school’s website, www.CharterArts.org, or at the box office if they are not sold out. Masks are optional.


Instrumental Music and Vocal Music are two separate departments of Charter Arts. However, some of the courses are required for both majors while others are department specific. Instrumental students benefit from large ensemble experience through orchestra, wind ensemble, charter arts big band, and percussion ensemble. Small ensembles such as Advanced Jazz Combo, Pop/Jazz Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Chamber Ensemble and String Ensemble also offer a full concert programme. Through community partnerships, students also perform at various venues throughout the Lehigh Valley.

In the Charter Arts Vocal Music program, students learn to read music at an advanced level, as well as understand the historical setting of the pieces in their musical repertoire. The faculty helps them to listen analytically, with skills that develop both their critical sense of music and thought. By working with each other, students learn teamwork and become creative and cooperative members of musical ensembles.

Beyond the ensembles, the musical program is vast and stimulating. Students have four years of music theory and four years in a technical class where singers work with a vocal specialist and instrumentalists work with a specialist in their family of instruments. Along with a collection of music electives, these courses prepare students for careers as professional musicians, college or university music majors, and/or music enthusiasts and learners.

The Charter Arts Music Department is led by Artistic Director of Instrumental Music, Matthew Wells, and Artistic Director of Vocal Music, Erica Dickson.


Charter Arts is an audition-based public charter school that offers a comprehensive curriculum for high school students, grades 9-12, who are passionate about the arts. Students specialize in one of seven artistic fields: dance, instrumental music, literary arts, production arts, theatre, visual arts or vocal music.

Charter Arts’ rigorous curriculum fosters academic and artistic excellence in its students. The school’s impressive Future Ready PA Index rankings, Advanced Placement (AP) exam statistics, Keystone exam statistics, SAT scores, prestigious arts honors and graduation rate testify to the exceptional education offered by Charter Arts.

Charter Arts is proud to celebrate its nineteenth year as one of the nation’s most respected arts high schools. Charter Arts was named a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the US Department of Education. The school also earned the Title I Distinguished School designation for four years, placing it in the top 5% of all Title I high schools in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Recently, Charter Arts was ranked #1 Best Public High School Teacher in Pennsylvania and #1 Best Private High School in Pennsylvania in Niche’s 2022 Best Schools in America ranking.

Charter Arts is located at 321 East 3rd Street, Bethlehem PA 18015.

Information and image provided by:
Anne Gillette
Public Relations and Media Manager
Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts
321 East 3rd Street, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015


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