School concerts offering holiday music to community

Children across the land have been preparing for the upcoming slate of holiday concerts almost as diligently as they’ve worked on their lists for Santa. Horns are tooting, drummers are drumming and singers are tuning their pipes in anticipation of the chance to shine in front of their families and friends and spread some holiday cheer while they’re at it.

Whether a student is in his first year of band or a senior honing skills for college auditions, holiday concerts are much-anticipated. Most schools are holding their concerts in the next 10 days. Admission to all school concerts is free, and the public is welcome. Community members are being encouraged to check out the budding talents at their area schools, in fact.

“They’re excited to have community members come,” said Chantelle Ashford, choir director at Indian River High School. “The kids love performing for big audiences.”

Indian River will offer two holiday shows: its Band Concert will be Thursday, Dec. 15, and its Choir Concert will be Friday, Dec. 16. The performances will offer showcases for a number of Indian River’s musical groups, including the Clarinet Choir, the Brass Choir, the Jazz Band, the a capella group River Rhythms and the Women’s Chorus, Ashford said.

Sussex Central High School will hold its Holiday Showcase on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m., according to band director Ben Ables. A new feature at Central’s concert this year will be dance performances by senior students who have choreographed their own dances as part of their coursework this year.

Also at Sussex Central, the curtain will rise on the students’ production of “Cinderella” on Friday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. Performances will also be given on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets for “Cinderella” cost $8 for general admission or $5 for students, senior citizens and military members.

Sussex Technical High School’s Concert Choir will once again hold its Winter Concert at Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth Beach, on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m. The concert will include music from composers including Haydn, Elgar and Britten, as well as some holiday favorites. Special guests from the Southern Delaware Chorale will be performing as well, according to choir director Sarah Rose. The concert is free to attend.

Sussex Academy in Georgetown will hold two holiday concerts: its Middle School Choir will perform on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. and the High School Choir will perform on Wednesday, Dec. 14, also at 7 p.m.

With all the upcoming concerts being prepared by hard-working students (and don’t forget those dedicated choir and band directors), there’s bound to be one to fit even the most harried shopper’s schedule:

Dec. 12

Selbyville Middle School’s Winter Band Concert, 7 p.m.

Dec. 13

Phillip Showell Elementary School Holiday Concert, 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 14

Long Neck Elementary School Winter Concert, 6:30 p.m.

Sussex Central High School Holiday Showcase, 7 p.m.

Selbyville Middle School Winter Chorus Concert, 7 p.m.

Georgetown Elementary School Holiday Concert, 7 p.m.

Dec. 15

Indian River High School Band Concert, 7 p.m.

Georgetown Middle School Band and Chorus Concert, 7 p.m.

Dec. 16

Indian River High School Chorus Concert, 7 p.m.

Dec. 20

Sussex Technical High School Concert Choir Winter Concert, 7 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church, Rehoboth Beach

East Millsboro Elementary School Holiday Choral Concert, 7 p.m.

Dec. 21

Lord Baltimore Elementary School Fifth Grade Winter Concert, 6:30 p.m., at Indian River High School

North Georgetown Elementary School Winter Concert, 7 p.m.

Dec. 22

Millsboro Middle School Holiday Concert, 7 p.m.

(All concerts will be held at the schools, except as noted.)