Countdown to the Holidays: Here’s Your Winter Concert Schedule!

Elm Choir performs at the 2019 Elm Winter Concert.

Members of the Elm Middle School Choir perform during the school's 2019 Band/Choir Winter Concert. (District 401 photo by Dave Porreca)


With the winter holiday season almost here, it’s time to start looking forward to the annual winter concerts put on by District 401 schools.

This year’s lineup will include changes at the elementary schools as John Mills and Elmwood seek to ensure audience and participant safety.

Both schools will divide their performances into grade levels, with the concerts to be staggered one grade at a time. The goal is to reduce audience size and allow for social distancing.

The John Mills concert will feature grades K-2 only, and the Elmwood show will consist of grades 1-2 and choir only. 

Both Elm Middle School and Elmwood Park High School will feature their respective bands and choirs as in previous years.


2021 Winter Concerts


In chronological order, here is your 2021 winter concert schedule for District 401 schools. Thank you to our music teachers, and good luck to all of the participants. Happy holidays!


► TUESDAY, DEC. 7 | Elm Middle School

  • Elm Band/Choir Winter Concert
  • 7 p.m. | Elm Middle School Gym
  • The concert is directed by Mr. Stephen Hawk (Band) and Mr. Michael Popplewell (Choir)
  • Masks are required to be worn indoors by all teachers, staff, students and visitors regardless of vaccination status.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 8 | Elmwood Park High School

  • EPHS Choir Winter Concert
  • 7 p.m. | EPHS Auditorium
  • The concert is directed by Mr. Grant McEachern.​​​​
  • Masks are required to be worn indoors by all teachers, staff, students and visitors regardless of vaccination status.

THURSDAY, DEC. 9 | John Mills Elementary School

  • John Mills Winter Concert
  • Kindergarten  — 4:30 p.m. | John Mills School Gym
  • 1st Grade — 5:30 p.m. | John Mills School Gym
  • 2nd Grade — 6:30 p.m. | John Mills School Gym
  • The concert is directed by Ms. Sarah Altshuler.
  • Masks are required to be worn indoors by all teachers, staff, students and visitors regardless of vaccination status.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 15 | Elmwood Park High School

  • EPHS Band Winter Concert
  • 7 p.m. | EPHS Auditorium
  • The concert is directed by Mr. Kyle Rhoades.
  • Masks are required to be worn indoors by all teachers, staff, students and visitors regardless of vaccination status.

THURSDAY, DEC. 16 | Elmwood Elementary School

  • Elmwood Holiday Show*
  • 1st Grade — 5:30 p.m. | Elmwood School Gym
  • 2nd Grade & Choir — 6:30 p.m. | Elmwood School Gym
  • The show is directed by Ms. Meredith Olson.
  • Masks are required to be worn indoors by all teachers, staff, students and visitors regardless of vaccination status.

*Please note that each Elmwood participating student will only be allowed to have four guests come and watch them this year.


Photos of Winter Concerts Past


The following are photos from District 401 winter concerts held during December 2019. This was the last time winter concerts were performed in person at our schools. All photos are by D401 web/media specialist Dave Porreca. Click images for a larger view.


John Mills Winter Concert

ABOVE: John Mills Winter Concert, December 2019 (click for larger image).


John Mills Winter Concert

ABOVE: John Mills Winter Concert, December 2019 (click for larger image).


Elmwood Holiday Show

ABOVE: Elmwood Holiday Show, December 2019 (click for larger image).


Elmwood Holiday Show

ABOVE: Elmwood Holiday Show, December 2019 (click for larger image).


Elm Choir

ABOVE: Elm Band/Choir Winter Concert, December 2019 (click for larger image).


Elm Band

ABOVE: Elm Band/Choir Winter Concert, December 2019 (click for larger image).


EPHS Band

ABOVE: EPHS Band Winter Concert, December 2019 (click for larger image).


EPHS Choir

ABOVE: EPHS Choir Winter Concert, December 2019 (click for larger image).


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