SHERIDAN — One of the best parts of the Christmas season is the full schedule of musical offerings provided by area schools.
Choirs, bands and orchestras at all grade levels have been preparing for the season’s concerts for weeks and you don’t have to be the parent or grandparent of a student to attend and enjoy a concert.
A few concerts have already taken place, but there are still plenty of opportunities to catch more in coming weeks.
Ashley Lecholat, vocal music director at Sheridan High School, said the annual Christmas choir concert will be held Dec. 10. It will feature more than 90 students participating in mixed choir, treble makers, spectrum and honor choir.
“We are going to be singing a big variety of Christmas music,” Lecholat said. “We have some traditional carols and contemporary Christian Christmas tunes and probably the most important, we will be ending the concert, as we always have, with the hallelujah chorus from Handel’s ‘Messiah.’ That’s when we always invite all the previous choir members, parents, teachers, everyone in the community who knows that song to come up on stage and sing with us. That has been our tradition for 25 or 30 years.”
She said the annual concert is usually offered twice, in the afternoon and evening, but will have only one performance this year, at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium.
Tongue River schools will also offer their annual Christmas concert on Dec. 10 at Tongue River High School. The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with sixth grade band and choir, followed by seventh and eighth grade band and choir and then the high school band and choir.
The full evening of music will be accompanied by a student art show and the annual Taste of Tongue River, which will provide tasty treats and beverages for concertgoers.
Arvada-Clearmont schools begin their concerts Dec. 12 with the Clearmont Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. at the school.
The Arvada Elementary School Christmas Concert will be Dec. 19 at 6 p.m.
“It will be a combination of festive comedy and singing and dancing, said Elisa Olson, vocal and instrumental instructor at the schools. “And we’ll do a little audience carol singing. It really is a community thing.
“It will be a very short, sweet thing,” she added. “There will be tons of desserts there. And I am not positive, but I think Santa might be coming.”
A full list of concert dates, times and locations can be found on the three area school district websites.
Dec. 5 – Sheridan High School Symphony and Baroque Orchestra Concert at SHS Auditorium at 7 p.m.
Dec. 10 – Sheridan High School Choir Concert at SHS Auditorium at 7 p.m.
Dec. 10 – Tongue River Middle School Christmas Concert and Taste of Tongue River at TRHS Auditorium at 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 12 – Clearmont Christmas Concert at Arvada-Clearmont High School gymnasium at 7 p.m.
Dec. 12 – Big Horn Elementary Winter Program at BHE Gymnasium at 7 p.m.
Dec. 13 – Story Elementary at Story School at 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 17 – Elementary/Junior High Orchestra Concert at Early Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 17 – Woodland Park Elementary Concert at Woodland Park School at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Dec. 17 – Big Horn Middle School Choir Winter Concert at BHHS Auditorium at 7 p.m.
Dec. 18 – Coffeen Elementary School at Early Building at 9 a.m.
Dec. 18 – Sheridan High School Winter Band Concert at SHS Auditorium at 7 p.m.
Dec. 18 – Big Horn Middle School Band Winter Concert at BHHS Auditorium at 7 p.m.
Dec. 19 – Highland Park Elementary Concert at Highland Park School at 9 a.m. (orchestra) and 1 p.m.
Dec. 19 – Arvada Christmas Concert at Arvada Elementary at 6 p.m.
Dec. 19 – Sagebrush Elementary School at Sagebrush School at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. (orchestra)
Dec. 20 – Meadowlark Elementary Concert at Early Auditorium at 9 a.m.