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.
“For 29 years, our organization has enriched the lives of Charlotte’s young people through excellent, accessible music education and choral performance,” board president Dr. John W. Hall said. “Our program is for our entire community, and our new name Charlotte Choir School reflects our commitment to this city and its young people.”
Charlotte Choir School serves more than 75 students from every background and corner of the Charlotte region, and since its founding in 1993, more than 800 students have participated in its excellent, accessible program. In June, the Choirs returned to in-person performances for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. This month, Charlotte Choir School begins its 29th season and will present its annual fall concert on October 16, 2021.
“The pandemic took away our ability to perform in person for Charlotte audiences. But, it also gave us an opportunity to look inward and reflect on our place in the Charlotte community,” executive director Davis A. Tapp said. “We are a proud steward of Charlotte’s cultural life, and we believe this new name will be a part of reintroducing our choirs to Charlotte after a long year away.”
Charlotte Choir School remains in residence at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Uptown Charlotte. Founded in the tradition of English cathedral choirs, Charlotte Choir School relies on St. Peter’s as a founding partner to provide our students a living laboratory for choral music making. Charlotte Choir School Artistic Director Elizabeth Lenti is also Organist and Director of Music at St. Peter’s.
“The unique partnership between Charlotte Choir School and St. Peter’s extends nearly three decades, and we are so excited for this next chapter,” The Rev. Jacob E. Pierce, Rector of St. Peter’s, and Elizabeth Lenti said. “The Choirs have enriched the St. Peter’s community and St. Peter’s has offered a perfect home for our program. Together, we look forward to Charlotte Choir School becoming an even larger part of Charlotte’s cultural fabric.”
Charlotte Choir School was represented in the renaming effort by brand strategist and board member Geoff Yost, an alumnus of the organization, and by Moore & Van Allen, who provided pro-bono assistance with trademark registration. The new name is effective immediately, and will be implemented throughout the upcoming season.
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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.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Choir School at St. Peter’s today announced the appointment of Davis Tapp as Executive Director. Tapp joins Charlotte’s premier choral music education program as the organization expands its program offerings and makes plans in the run up to its 30th anniversary celebrations in 2022.
“We could not be more excited to have Davis Tapp joining The Choir School’s team,” board president Abigail Cudabac said. “We’re an organization focused on the future, with big ideas about how to make music education an even more essential part of the childhood experience. Davis’ energy and enthusiasm for our mission is palpable, and he’ll play a key role as we offer Charlotte’s young people the best music education available and fill our city with song.”
Tapp joins the organization as its first permanent executive director, part of a long-term initiative to sustainably transition organizational leadership away from its founders. After an extensive search, Tapp’s successful background in youth nonprofit executive leadership and major gift fundraising made him the perfect candidate for an established organization continuing to grow and find new ways to offer excellent and accessible music education.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to lead The Choir School at St. Peter’s,” Tapp said. “For several years, I’ve watched The Choir School’s work and have witnessed the incredible value an excellent music education provides a child. I am tremendously excited for everything the organization has planned, and I look forward to connecting with our community, introducing more people in Charlotte to this incredible organization, and contributing to our long history of success.”
Tapp is an experienced nonprofit professional, most recently serving as a major gifts officer at the Pi Kappa Phi Foundation in Charlotte. He began his career at the Boy Scouts of America in Lumberton, N.C., serving as Senior District Executive responsible for fundraising and recruitment campaigns. Tapp received a B.A. in English Literature and English Drama from Queens University of Charlotte, and has had lifelong interest in the arts. He’s an involved member of the Charlotte community and a parishioner at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, The Choir School’s founding partner.
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About The Choir School at St. Peter’s
For nearly 30 years, The Choir School has enriched and strengthened young lives through excellent, rigorous music education and choral performance. Conceived in the English boy choir tradition, the program has grown to include 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 history, the organization has taught more than 750 Charlotte-area students. Entirely tuition-free, the 501(c)3 nonprofit relies on individual contributions, foundation, and corporate support. You can learn more at TheChoirSchool.org.
In response to the events in our community, nation, and wider world, the Choir School staff joins our Board of Directors in releasing the following statement:
We are saddened by the senseless murders of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, and Breonna Taylor in Louisville. They join too long a list of names that have had their voices taken from this world by a history of systemic racism, discrimination, and inexcusable police brutality.
As a choir, we know that beautiful music can only be made when all voices are heard. Since our founding, we’ve been committed to excellence and accessibility, welcoming talented young singers from all walks of life and all racial backgrounds. The diversity our program represents has been the key to our success for twenty-seven seasons. We remain committed to listening with open minds to all members of our community, valuing everyone’s voice, and seeking to change when we should.
In this moment we especially recognize the importance of adding voices to a chorus, so we add ours: Black Lives Matter.
We will continue to listen to, advocate for, and advance the Black community, and provide a platform for their voice to be heard by all.