About 140 musicians in grades 6-12 will participate in the Batesville Middle School and Batesville High School program Monday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. in the BHS auditorium, reports instrumental music teacher Eric Stauffer. He points out, “This concert represents some of the best that Batesville has to offer. Our students perform at a high level of proficiency and musicianship.” It will be the first public appearance for some of the sixth-graders. New this year will be the seventh- and eighth-grade combined bands using African drums in a featured piece. The BHS band will present “lots of great new music and great older music!”
“A Classic Christmas” is the theme of the Sunman Elementary School concert set for Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. at the ECHS Performing Arts Center. Of the 96 third-graders and 84 fourth-graders who will be onstage, music teacher Emily Jones says, “This year we are really focusing on developing our singing voices and presenting the best vocal performance we can!” She explains, “Each class will get the chance to perform a selection and then each grade level will do a large group selection.” For the show’s finale, all students will sing one song. Jones urges, “Come hear these sweet, young voices sing some of the most meaningful songs of the holiday season.”
“Festival of Lessons and Carols” is the theme of the St. Paul School, New Alsace, performance featuring 45 students in grades K-6 Thursday, Dec. 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the gym. Principal Janna Stonebraker notes, “The spoken word Scripture lessons will come together with fresh carol arrangements and settings of traditional songs. This cantata connects Advent through Christmastide for an elegant and worshipful Christmas program.” Cyndi Voegele is the program director and musician. Why should area residents attend? “To experience a walk with the prophets up through when the word became flesh,” Stonebraker answers. Afterwards, Santa will visit and refreshments will be served.