Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

November 30, 2012

Children’s voices proclaim the holiday spirit

Diane Raver
The Herald-Tribune

— Holiday music will fill the air as the school concert season gets underway Monday, Dec. 3, and continues through Thursday, Dec. 20.

Why should people attend? “It is important to strengthen our community by supporting the arts and rewarding students for their hard work,” points out Brian Parido, Sunman Elementary School music teacher.

All concerts are free, but some will accept freewill donations. In order by date:

About 120 St. Louis School students in grades K-2 will present “The Little Bell That Could Not Ring” Monday, Dec. 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the activity center, reveals teacher Christy Kushman. “Poor Little Bell just can’t ring on pitch. Can she still help save Christmas? Sometimes the smallest of all plays the biggest part ... Our students are eager to share their hard work with the community.”

Batesville Primary School first- and second-graders will present “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” Monday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Batesville High School gym. “The first grade will be featuring a selection of music that is all about Santa, while the second grade will present” songs pertaining to the program’s theme, reports music teacher Lori Spears.

The East Central High School choral concert is Sunday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m. at the performing arts center. Concert, chamber, show and women’s choir members in grades 9-12 will be performing, according to choral director Donna Tanner. Show Choir captains Meredith Seamon, Nikki Zengerling, McKenzi Monday, Ela Kinker, Cori Harmeyer and Aleyah Piersawl are the choreographers.

Oldenburg Academy presents “Christmas Memories” Sunday, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m. in the auditorium.

About 150 band members in grades 6-12 will entertain during the Batesville Middle School and Batesville High School winter band concert Monday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. in the BHS auditorium.

“We will feature members of the Eureka Band from the middle and high schools. We will hold our holiday trivia, where three parents will have the chance to earn $10 credit in their child’s Music Boosters account. We will also be presenting our newest fundraiser, the band pillows,” reports director Eric Stauffer.

“The band students have worked so hard to produce a quality concert. Batesville is known for its support of the arts, and this is one great way to support our future musicians.”

St. Nicholas School, Sunman, will hold its concert Sunday, Dec. 16, at 4 p.m. at OA auditorium. The theme is “Preparing the way for the Birth of Jesus,” says music teacher Angie Myers.

With assistance from Chris Sedlack, over 70 students in grades K-8 will participate as candle bearers, narrators, lectors and singers. Sixth-graders will play recorders. Myers encourages people to attend to support the students “as they share their faith with others.”

On Monday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. in the activity center, 50 SLS students in grades 5-8 will participate in their instrumental Christmas concert, notes Kushman. She will be assisted by strings teacher Christine Prindle.

“Band, choir and strings will perform Christmas and new favorites. This will be our band members’ first performance .... These students are excited to share their musical talents.”

About 160 Sunman Elementary School third- and fourth-graders will present “Crazy Carols” Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. at the ECHS Performing Arts Center. Highlights include “traditional holiday tunes with wacky schooltime lyrics,” reveals Parido.  

“The Nativity” is the theme of St. Paul School’s, New Alsace, concert, which will be held Thursday, Dec. 20, at 6:30 p.m. in the school gym. Coordinated by principal Janna Stonebraker and fifth- and sixth-grade teacher Leah Schmidl with assistance from other faculty members, the program features 47 students in grades K-6.                                              

“Kindergarten students will be presenting their re-enactment of ‘The Crippled Lamb’ by Max Lucado along with choral performances. First- through sixth-graders will perform ‘The Wish,’ which will remind people of the true meaning of Christmas. There will be a visit from Santa at the end of the performance,” according to the principal. “Experience the true meaning of Christmas through the expression of children.”

The BMS and BHS choral concert is Thursday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m. in the BHS auditorium. About 140 students in grades 6-12 will perform in five different groups, including a special song and dance from the Broadway show “Elf” by the Batesville Singers, according to choral director Carla Thomas. Vonnie Williamson is the accompanist.