Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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December 3, 2013

Holiday concerts let students shine

Fa-la-la-la-la, jingle bells and hallelujah!

There will be joy in this part of the world when 14 school shows are presented in 13 days.

Music lovers should plan on attending at least one because “listening to these energetic young voices will surely warm your hearts as you prepare for the holidays,” says Batesville Primary School music teacher Lori Spears. Other students will be showing off their skills on musical instruments.

Although all programs are free, some will accept freewill donations. In order by date:

About 119 Batesville Middle School and Batesville High School choral students will present “Sounds of the Season” Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. in the BHS auditorium, reports choral music teacher Carla Thomas. She suggests, “Come and see the newly-formed show choir, the Batesville Sensations. This group is made up of students in grades 9-12. There were so many students who auditioned for Batesville Singers this year that we had to form two groups!” Classics include “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Home for the Holidays,” “I’ll be Home for Christmas” and “O Holy Night.” Thomas is assisted by accompanist Vonni Williamson and cadet teacher Olivia Putnam, who will direct the sixth-grade choir.

The St. Nicholas School, Sunman, musical concert featuring the Christmas story is Sunday, Dec. 8, at 1:30 p.m. in the church hall, reports organizer and parent volunteer Laraine Kraus. About 160 parish children are involved, including students in grades K-8, CCD students and home-schoolers. Inspired by an old holiday cartoon, Kraus reports, “We just opened the Bible and started writing.” Portraying soldiers, angels, shepherds and other characters, “each class has a song” on which to harmonize. She notes, “It’s nice to see the real Christmas story played out, bringing the songs to life.”

Assisting with the program are musical directors Christopher Sedlak and Angie Myers, sister-in-law Laura Kraus and school secretary Lisa Weisbrod.

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