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Fall 2023 Session Information!


The Charlotte Performing Arts Center, as part of its Arts For Youth Program, is proud to announce that its Prelude Choir will return for a 2nd year in Fall 2023! Membership is available to all current 4th through 8th graders in the greater Charlotte area who love to sing!  Members do NOT need to attend Charlotte Public Schools.  

The Prelude Choir is under the direction of Zach Everly, director of choral music with Charlotte Public Schools. Everly explains, “Charlotte and the surrounding communities have such a rich history of excellence in the choral arts. The primary goal of this program is to bring young voices from multiple schools together and allow them an additional outlet for their musical talents in an environment outside of the curricular music classroom. While our focus is mainly performance, they will also be strengthening the musicianship skills they are already learning from their music teachers.”


Interested singers, who are NEW to the Prelude program (did not participate last year) will be asked to do a 10-minute vocal assessment on either September 20 or September 21 between 4pm and 5:30pm.  To sign up for a time, visit the CPAC website listed in this article.  If you cannot make it during that time, but are still interested, reach out to Mr. Everly to make alternate arrangements.  Vocal assessments will take place in the CHS Choir Room, enter through the CPAC front entrance, Door 39. Returning Prelude members (those who participated during the 2022-2023 school year) do NOT need to complete a vocal assessment with Mr. Everly. All participants need to complete the Contact Info Form, which is located on the CPAC website at   


​Rehearsals will begin Thursday, September 28 from 4:00 - 5:15 in the CMS Choir Room (note the different location from the vocal assessments).  Rehearsals will be on Thursdays, with a few exceptions.  A schedule will be provided. 


In line with CPAC’s Arts for Youth Onstage Experience program, all Prelude Choir participants will be asked to pay a participation fee of $30 (current CPS students) or $50 (non-CPS students) to help cover program costs. All performance materials will be provided.  There will be a discount given to current Charlotte Middle School students enrolled in choir through the school. 


Visit the CPAC website at for information and to sign up for a vocal assessment!

Please reach out to Zach Everly ( or Hollie Auten ( with questions about the program.

Member Information

Fall 2023 Schedule

Contact Info Form

Vocal Assessment Sign-Up

Participation Fee Payment Link

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