The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts (Charter Arts) presents Sondheim on Sondheim this weekend, January 20-22, 2023.

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Hailed as a “revelatory revue full of wonderful moments” and a “funny, affectionate and revealing tribute to musical theater’s greatest composer and lyricist,” Sondheim on Sondheim is an intimate portrait of the famed songwriter Stephen Sondheim (1930–2021) in his own words… and music! This unique musical production features nearly three dozen songs from nineteen Sondheim projects including West Side Story, Company, Gypsy, Into the Woods, Merrily We Roll Along, Passion, Assassins, and more!  Ranging from the beloved to the obscure, these songs fill a framework of exclusive in-depth video interviews, delving into Sondheim’s fascinating personal life and artistic process.

Ms. Erica Dickson and Dr. Aaron Patterson proudly direct an all-student cast and pit orchestra composed of nearly thirty vocal and instrumental music students, assisted by Ms. Sarah Rainey (choreography/staging) and Mrs. Cristina Makowicz (piano).

Tickets are $5-$10 and are available for purchase online at or at the door.  Evening performances  on January 20 & 21 at 7 PM.  Matinee performance on January 22 at 2 PM.


Instrumental Music and Vocal Music are two distinct individual departments at Charter Arts. However, some of the courses are required of both majors while others are department-specific. Instrumental students are provided 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 boast a full concert schedule. Through community partnerships, students also perform at various venues across 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 listen analytically, with skills that develop both their critical sense of music and thought. Working with each other, students learn teamwork and become creative and cooperative members of musical ensembles.

Beyond ensembles, the music curriculum is vast and challenging. Students have four years of music theory and four years in a technique class where the vocalists work with a vocal specialist and the instrumentalists work with a specialist in their instrument family. Along with a collection of music electives, these classes prepare students for careers as professional musicians, music majors in college or university, and/or lifelong lovers and learners of music.

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 provides a comprehensive curriculum for high school students, grades 9-12, who have a dedicated passion for the arts.   Students major in one of seven artistic areas: dance, instrumental music, literary arts, production arts, theatre, visual arts, or vocal music.

Charter Arts’ rigorous curriculum fosters both academic and artistic excellence for its students. The school’s impressive Future Ready PA Index ranking, Advanced Placement (AP) exam statistics, Keystone Exam statistics, SAT scores, prestigious artistic accolades, and graduation rate, are testaments to the outstanding education that Charter Arts provides.

Recently, Charter Arts was ranked #1 Best Public High School Teachers in PA and #1 Best Charter High School in PA on Niche’s 2023 Best Schools in America Rankings.

Auditions for the 2023-2024 school year will be held soon. Auditions are by appointment only.  For more information, visit

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



Information & Image Provided By:
Ann Gillette
Manager of Public Relations and Media
Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts
321 East 3rd Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015