Area schools begin holding Christmas concerts, sings

MANISTEE — The sounds of small voices singing Christmas songs filled the Manistee Middle/High School auditorium on Tuesday evening for the second straight night.

Second grade students from Jefferson Elementary School had their annual holiday sing on Tuesday evening. Music teacher Amanda Feyen led the sing before a packed Manistee High School auditorium.(Ken Grabowski/News Advocate)

Second grade students from Jefferson Elementary School had their annual holiday sing on Tuesday evening. Music teacher Amanda Feyen led the sing before a packed Manistee High School auditorium.(Ken Grabowski/News Advocate)

Musical director Amanda Feyen led the second and third grade students from the district in song much to the delight of the large crowd of parents and grandparents who filled the auditorium. On the previous night it was the kindergarten and first grade students’ turn to hold their Christmas sing events.

Over the course of the next several weeks the annual school holiday Christmas sings and band concerts will be taking place at a variety of locations. Parents and grandparents will be taking plenty of pictures and making videos of the children as they perform many of the holiday classics.

The Manistee Area Public Schools has other activities lined up for K-12 students and the programs will be taking place at the Manistee Middle/High School auditorium.

“Our fourth grade will be having the last of the elementary programs when they take their turn in a 6 p.m. concert on Dec. 7 at the high school auditorium,” said Feyen.

Feyen has done a good job of building the choir program back up in the past two years. Students who are in that program will have the opportunity to share with the public their skills at 7 p.m. on Dec. 7 in the middle/high school auditorium.

The Manistee Area Public Schools bands will be putting their concerts on at the auditorium on two different nights.

“All of the music we play those nights may not be holiday songs, but there will be plenty of them played by the bands,” said Manistee Area Public Schools director of bands Andrea Mack.

At 7 p.m. on Dec.11, the eighth grade jazz and high school bands will perform a concert at the middle/high school auditorium.

The middle school bands (grades 5, 6 and 7) will performing in a 7 p.m. concert on Dec. 14 at the middle/high school auditorium.

Manistee Catholic Central’s K-12 students will be celebrating a special Advent holiday program at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 11 in the school gymnasium. It will be a celebration of the Advent season with singing by the various grade levels and choir. There will also be several musical numbers by the Manistee Catholic Central Band.

Students from the Bear Lake School District will have their school holiday band program at 7 p.m. on Dec. 20. This will be a performance by the middle and high school band.

Band director Brenna Richardson said they plan to perform a wide variety of music that night.

“The high school middle school band will be playing a variety of songs, holiday and non-holiday,” said Richardson.

Bear Lake Elementary School’s holiday sing will be taking place at 7 p.m. on Dec. 19. Students will be singing many of the holiday classics.

Onekama Consolidated Schools will present two holiday performances in December.

First, the Onekama Bands will perform at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 7 in the school cafetorium. Featured during the concert will be music from “Beauty and the Beast,” a flute solo by junior DeeAnn Gardner, trios and duets and the new fifth grade band. Members of the Middle School Band will also perform the Ukrainian Bell Carol for percussion ensemble.

Then at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 19 in the school gymnasium students from kindergarten through fourth grade will sing and play music for the season, including “Frosty the Snowman,” “O Tannenbaum,” “Ding Dong Merrily on High” and a xylophone rendition of the “Penny Song.” Fourth grade students will give their first performance on their recorders, which they’ve been studying since October.

The Kaleva Norman Dickson School District will be holding a 6 p.m. performance on Dec. 12 of the elementary students in their annual holiday sing. The members of the Brethren Band will perform at 6 p.m. on Dec. 18. Both concerts will be taking place in the school cafetorium.

Trinity Lutheran School students will be performing at 7 p.m. on Dec. 20 during mid-week Advent service in the church. Students will be both singing and participating in speaking parts during the program.

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Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at kgrabowski@pioneergroup.com.

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