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The Houston Saengerbund, founded in 1883, is the oldest musical association in the city. The purpose of the Society is to cultivate the furtherance of song and music, to preserve the German language, to promote the Society's life and to convey good German customs and morals. The Houston Saengerbund has a Maennerchor (men's choir), Damenchor (women's choir), and Gemischter Chor (mixed choir). We welcome all who enjoy singing and celebrating German culture.


All choir rehearsals and social events are cancelled, effective immediately, for as long as the recommended guideline of limiting gatherings to fewer than 10 persons is in effect.

2018 Saengerfest / 2019 Fasching / 2018 Weihnachtsfeier

News & Events

And the 2020 Houston Saengerbund German Language Scholarship Competition prizes go to…

Rapidly changing circumstances during the coronavirus crisis leading up to the German Language Scholarship Competition Finals on March 26 were quite a challenge to overcome. It required a nimble team to quickly adjust to all the hurdles, setbacks and detours. The competition organizers as well as the judges and competitors were flexible and patient to see this through. To keep all involved safe, the competition was conducted as a video conference. Click here to read more.

Houston Saengerbund Announces Winners of 2020 Saengerbund Awards Competition

On Saturday, January 25, 2020, the Houston Saengerbund presented its Fifth Annual Saengerbund Awards German Vocal Competition at Cullen Hall on the campus of the University of St. Thomas. The six finalists competed before a distinguished panel of judges including Melanie Sonnenberg, Professor of Music at the University of Houston and the Director of The Institute of Vocal Studies at Texas Music Festival; Brian Speck, Director of the Houston Grand Opera Studio and a frequent adjudicator in vocal competitions; and Ellen Rissinger, an American Vocal Coach/Accompanist most recently on the music staff of the Sächsische Staatsoper (Semperoper) in Dresden, Germany. Click here to read more.

Christmas Cheer All December Long


This December the Houston Saengerbund brought Christmas cheer to Houstonians in many ways. The choirs had two concerts at their home at First Evangelical Lutheran Church. On December 7 it was the Christmas Pops Concert for the young and young at heart. The Grinch (aka David McGinty) paid a visit, as did the Hippopotamus with Georgia Belmont. Combining music for children and the more traditional music for adults in an afternoon concert was a first for the Houston Saengerbund.

This was followed on December 10 by the fourth annual Deutsches Weihnachtskonzert (German Christmas concert), which was sold out. Click here to read more.

Eins, zwei, drei G'suffa!

Oktoberfest at Christ the King

photo: Andreas Schaaf

and eins, zwei, drei Oktoberfeste it was for the Houston Saengerbund the weekend of September 28-29. We took our show on the road and indulged in German Oktoberfest fun the entire weekend.

Oktoberfest Houston invited us to present our show at Buffalo Bayou Park on September 28. As proven by two of our songs, heaven must not really be as desirable a place as we always think. Im Himmel es gibt kein Bier, drum trinken wir es hier means: In heaven there is no beer, that's why we drink it here. Good advice!
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National Saengerfest in Peoria, IL

Peoria 2019

Nine proud members of the Houston Saengerbund were part of 40 singers representing the Southern District at the 63rd National Saengerfest in Peoria, IL. They were Elmy Biermanns, Vicky Hemme, Burl Holloway, Eva Holloway, Sidney McGinty, Julie Moore, Betty Rathkamp, Roland Rodriguez, Pat Schmelter with Mary Kay Buehler as our accompanist.
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A Fun Bus Ride to the Sängerfest in Austin

This year's State Saengerfest was hosted by the Austin Saengerrunde Damenchor. The Houston Saengerbund chartered a bus to Austin and many enjoyed a no-hassle, sit-back-and-relax fun bus ride.
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Houston Saengerbund Celebrates Spring With a Concert

Spring has certainly arrived and was celebrated with a Fruehlingskonzert at the Houston Saengerbund; a variety of spring and Easter songs were presented. One of the Damenchor songs, Bella Bella Marie, was accompanied by Susana Collins and Gonzalo André dancing a tango. Guest artist Katie Stobbe, winner of this year's Houston Saengerbund German Music Scholarship Competition, performed her winning song Die Mainacht.
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Congratulations to the Houston Saengerbund German Scholarship Competition Winners

Scholarship 2019

On Saturday, March 30, 2019, the Houston Saengerbund held its first-ever German Music and Language Scholarship Competition at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Midtown. Eleven High School seniors from Houston area schools were the finalists competing before a distinguished panel of adjudicators.
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Surprise at Houstonfest

2019 Houstonfest

This year's Houstonfest took place on February 2. Students of the German language competed in more than 30 different tests. A few examples are vocal solo, poetry, pair discussion, speaking, folk dance, gingerbread houses, contemporary music, photography and many others. Saengerbunders Erich Wolz, Elmy Biermanns, Lauren Davis, Kerstin Vaessen and Bianca Reich were among the judges helping to make Houstonfest another success for the students and the organizers.

While walking the halls after the competition, Elmy Biermanns spotted some students with the Saengerbund logo and Saengerbund name on the back of their T-Shirts. It turned out to be Morton Ranch High School's German Club thanking the Houston Saengerbund for supporting them in their German program. What a nice thank-you surprise!

Fourth Annual Saengerbund Awards, A German Vocal Competition

2019 Liederabend

The now well-established Houston Saengerbund German Vocal Competition drew great talent to Houston. The finals concert on January 19 was a delight for ears and eyes. Pianist Rick Rowley from the University of Texas in Austin once again showed his talent in accompanying all finalists with ease and perfection. The eight finalists Taehwan Kim, Natalie Howard, Sydney Baedke, Angel Vargas, Kresley Figueroa, Nicholas Newton, Kelly Singer and Chrystal White went home with finalists awards of $800 each.
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Weihnachtskonzert - Christmas Concert
Traditional German Christmas Celebration

2018 Weihnachtskonzert

The Houston Saengerbund welcomed more than 300 guests for its Weihnachtskonzert (Christmas Concert) on December 4. Audience members entered the church through the foyer decorated with lit Christmas trees to set the tone for a festive evening.
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General Membership Meeting 10/30/2018

There will be a brief General Membership Meeting for the special purpose of voting all Associate Members who by length of service are eligible to become Regular Members into their regular memberships. We will hold this special purpose meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday 30 October 2018 in the Parish Hall of the First Evangelical Church in which the Men's Chorus rehearses. The Board is taking this action to increase the number of available candidates for a vacancy on the Board of Directors. Under our Bylaws the Board is required to fill this vacant position.

40-year Membership Certificates and a Singer's Pin Awarded at Anniversary Party

40 Years Flo Hoff 40 Years Eva Holloway

At this year's 135th Anniversary Party, two members, Florence Hoff and Eva Holloway, celebrated 40 years with the Houston Saengerbund. Florence Hoff, better known to most as Flo, joined our club in 1979 together with her husband Larry; her certifcate was presented to her at her home by Mary Kay McMurrough and Elmy Biermanns. Eva Holloway, who was invited to come out to the Saengerbund by Craig Haftings (son of members Joyce and Ed Haftings), joined the Ladies Auxiliary and the Damenchor in September 1979; she was proud to be awarded her 40-year membership certificate as well as a pin from the Nordamerikanischer Saengerbund for 40 years of singing.

Damenchor hosts a successful Saengerfest 2018

Damenchor hosts Saengerfest 2018

Congratulations to the Houston Saengerbund Damenchor and Fest Director Vicky Hemme for hosting the 72nd Deutsch Texanische Saengerfest on May 6. They continued a tradition that started in 1853, 165 years ago, when the first Saengerfest was held in New Braunfels. At the same time, the Damenchor celebrated its 80th anniversary.

Herzliche Glückwünsche dem Houston Sängerbund Damenchor mit Festdirigentin Vicky Hemme als Gastgeber des 72. Deutsch Texanischen Sängerfestes am 6. Mai. Der Damenchor führte die Tradition des Sängerfestes fort, die 1853, also vor 165 Jahren, in New Braunfels begonnen hat. Ein weiterer Grund zum Feiern ist das 80 jährige Bestehen des Damenchores.
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Movie Night

The Houston Saengerbund's first Movie Night of 2017 will be on Friday, October 13 at 7:00 PM at Jake's Sports Bar, 2944 Chimney Rock Rd, Houston. We will be showing Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others), winner of the 2006 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, in German with English subtitles.

Jake's has plenty of good food; come early for socializing and order dinner or just a snack and a beer to enjoy during the movie. Reservations are required! Click here to let us know you're coming (there's no charge for this event, but we have to let Jake's know how many to expect).

Houston Brass Band and Houston Saengerbund 7th Annual Oktoberfest

Where do you go for an authentic Oktoberfest in Houston? To Christ The King Lutheran Church, where the Houston Brass Band and the Houston Saengerbund hosted a joint Oktoberfest for the 7th year.

Both groups entertained the audience with German music and song. Houston Brass Band under the direction of Bob Walp put the audience in the right mood. The singers of the Houston Saengerbund as well as many visitors were dressed for the occasion with Dirndls and Lederhosen, and set the scene for a great afternoon of celebrating a traditional Oktoberfest.

When the Houston Saengerbund took the stage, they captured the audience with their show of singing, dancing the Schuhplattler, solos and choreography. Many visitors recognized the music and sang along, particularly when given cues for the song Hoch auf dem gelben Wagen when we sang "... aber der Wagen der rollt."

No Oktoberfest would be complete without the three "b's" - beer, brats and bretzeln. The Houston Saengerbund sponsored the beer and brats and thanks to many helpers, among them the Luther League, visitors and performers alike enjoyed the delicious German foods of the season.

Saengerbund Kickers Alumni Game

On Saturday, June 24th, 2017, the Saengerbund Kickers will host the Saengerbund Alumni Game (a friendly game between current and former Saengerbund players) at the Gosling Sports Fields, 4055 Marsico Pl, The Woodlands (2 miles west of I-45, right off Gosling Rd) beginning at 5 pm.

The complex has over 1,000 parking spaces, restrooms, a concession stand, pavilion, picnic tables and a playground, so come out and bring your whole family! Please let us know that you are planning to attend (there's no charge for this event; this is just to make sure there will be enough food and cold beer after the game)!

Anniversary Party - Two Reasons To Celebrate

The Houston Saengerbund had two reasons to celebrate on April 1. This year is the 134th year for the Maennerchor and the 79th year for the Damenchor.

The members celebrated with a dinner at Tony Mandola's Restaurant. President Ted Hirtz gave welcoming remarks followed by the membership certificate awards and singer's pins ceremony presented by Elmy Biermanns.
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Christmas Party

Before going into the winter break, the Saengerbund gathered for the annual Christmas party. With the help of many members the room was nicely decorated and many brought appetizers, sides and desserts to compliment the catered main course. Mary Koenig lead a group of singers to sing the delightful song The Maidens and the Shepherds. To the amusement of all Elmy Biermanns told the story of the Christmas pickle, falsely believed by many to come from Germany. More caroling of Christmas music rounded out the evening with a singalong. Erich Wolz treated us to a good Feuerzangenbowle, a popular hot drink in Germany.

Leipzig in Houston

The Houston Saengerbund joined several groups for the celebration of the 2016 Leipzig in Houston Festival by participating in the September 27 Glorious Sounds of Leipzig concert. Featured works were by Felix Mendelssohn, Johann Hermann Schein, Max Reger, and of course J.S. Bach. The Gemischter Chor sang Verleih uns Frieden, the Damenchor sang Abendlied and the Maennerchor sang Tuerkisches Schenkenlied.



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