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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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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...and apply for (or renew your) membership in the Houston Saengerbund!