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Oldenburg Academy Orchestra members rehearse for their upcoming Christmas concert.

The sounds of young voices and instruments will fill the air as the school concert season gets underway.

Batesville Primary School first- and second-graders started it off Dec. 2 with “Sounds of the Season.” In the coming weeks, 14 more performances will feature the talents of students in grades K-12.

All concerts are free and open to the public, although freewill offerings will be accepted at several.

In order by date:

“Sing With us the Christmas Story” is the theme of the St. Louis Catholic School‘s concert Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m., in the Activity Center. The 100 students in grades K-2 “will sing their hearts out with traditional carols that are familiar to families,” notes music teacher Christy Pedersen. “The second grade will tell the Christmas story in between.”

Sixty Oldenburg Academy of the Immaculate Conception students in grades 9-12 will present “The Magic of Christmas” Sunday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m. in the auditorium. “The concert is a mixture of choral and orchestra students performing Christmas pieces,” reports orchestra director Kris Wampler. There will be violin, viola and piano soloists, and the string ensemble will perform a Vivaldi piece. “The concert will end with everyone singing and playing Christmas carols,” she adds. Freewill offerings will be welcomed.

The St. Louis Catholic School band and choir Christmas concert is Monday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. in the Activity Center. It will feature about 35 students in grades 5-8. “Beginning band members will be performing their first concert of Christmas songs,” Pedersen announces. “Our advanced band will play ‘Canon in D’ with the ‘First Noel.’ Our choir will be singing some Disney and Christmas favorites.”

About 230 Bright Elementary School first- and second-graders, plus the BES Treble Chorus, an extracurricular choir, will take the stage Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. at the East Central High School Performing Arts Center. “The concert will be a blend of Christmas classics and contemporary tunes that will be sure to lift everyone’s spirits,” says music specialist Maria Keck.

“’Twas the Night Before Christmas” is the theme of the Sunman Elementary School concert, which takes place Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center. About 130 students in grades K-2, chorus and Ukulele Club “will be performing a set of songs which celebrate the magic of Christmas,” reveals music teacher Jessica Risinger. “A special guest will be reading the classic story written by Clement Moore, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.’”

The Batesville Intermediate School band and choir concert is Thursday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the school. Guests should enter through Door B. With about 50 students participating, “we will be having a Christmas concert featuring our BIS Choir (grades 4-5) and fifth-grade beginning band,” announces teacher Kari Kinsey. “This will be the first time the band has performed.” The concert is free, but donations are accepted. Please contact Kinsey at kkinsey@batesville.k12.in.us for donation information.

East Central High School‘s marching and concert band musicians will entertain Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. One hundred thirty students will participate in the winter concert, which is “a celebration of talent from grades 9-12,” emphasizes band director Andrew Sharf. Freewill offerings are welcome.

“A Traditional Nativity” is the theme of the St. Nicholas Catholic School, Sunman, program, which takes place Friday, Dec. 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the Oldenburg Academy auditorium. Students in grades K-8 will “bring to life the true story of Christmas,” reports music teacher Rebecca Hardebeck.

One hundred Batesville Middle School and Batesville High School choir students in grades 6-12 will present their winter concert Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. in the BHS auditorium. “All choirs will perform two songs individually and will have a combined mass choir piece at the end of the concert,” reports choir teacher Rachel Quillian. Highlights include “music from the popular movie ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas,’ a Spanish carol, ‘Carol of the Bells’ and much more. We will also have desserts in the lobby after the concert.” Freewill donations will be accepted for the Batesville Music Boosters.{div}On Sunday, Dec. 15, at 3 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center, 160 East Central High School choir members in grades 9-12 “will be performing traditional Christmas music in small and large groups and then transitioning into a musical style,” notes choral director Donna Tanner.

With the theme “Winter/Christmas,” Sunman-Dearborn Middle School students in grades 6-8 will present their concert Monday, Dec. 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. The program “will feature three traditional choirs – sixth grade, girls and concert – and two show choirs – sixth grade and seventh/eighth grade,” reports choir director Megan Brooks. “All five choirs will be singing a variety of winter/holiday songs. We tried to incorporate some well-known songs, like ‘Last Christmas,’ ‘Jingle Bell Rock,’ ‘Frosty the Snowman,’ along with some new songs, like ‘Christmas in L.A.,’ ‘Betelehemu’ (Nigerian carol) and ‘Christmas Comes but Once a Year’ .... All the students will sing ‘Carol of the Bells’ as a mass choir of 160 students!”

The Batesville Middle School and Batesville High School winter band concert is Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. in the BHS auditorium. One hundred fifteen students in grades 6-12 will be participating. ”The sixth-, seventh-, eighth- and high school bands will each perform several winter pieces,” says director Josiah Keith. “This is the first opportunity for the middle school students to showcase all they’ve been learning in class this year and the second time the high school concert band will be performing. The bands will perform several holiday classics, and there will be a special ‘guest’ appearance with the high school band.”

One hundred fifty sixth- through eighth-graders will take part in the Sunman-Dearborn Middle School holiday band concert Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. There will be “beautiful music performed by young musicians,” announces director of bands Perry Ralenkotter. Freewill offerings will be accepted.

About 300 North Dearborn Elementary School students in grades 1-2 and the NDES Chorus and Percussion Ensemble will take the stage Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center for “The World Says Merry Christmas.” Music teacher Julie Simpson reveals, “The concert will be celebrating the holidays and the joy that they bring all around the world.”

Diane Raver can be contacted at diane.raver@batesvilleheraldtribune.com or 812-934-4343, Ext. 220114.