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 Gemischterchor (mixed choir). We welcome all who enjoy singing and celebrating German culture.
Singing practice is held every Tuesday at 7:30pm at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church at 1311 Holman St. Click here for directions.
Back on March 7, Preservation Houston donated the restored original city flag to the City of Houston Public Library; in honor of the occasion, the men of the Houston Saengerbund sang the exhumed city song. A month later, the men recorded the song at the KUHF studios on the campus of the University of Houston, as part of a Houston Matters segment on the history of the flag and the song. Well, the segment finally aired on August 16. You can listen to the segment here.
The Houston Saengerbund proudly announces its 2nd Annual Saengerbund Awards
German singing competition, in which singers will compete for $7500 in prize money.
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The Houston Saengerbund held an impromptu concert on April 26. The Fruehlingsfest program included lively music to celebrate spring (Fruehling) in Houston. The Damenchor performed Musik erfuellt die Welt, Das Karwendellied and Lieder, die von Herzen kommen, among others. Some of the Maennerchor songs were Tuerkisches Schenkenlied and Doktor Eisenbart. Both choirs joined for the wonderful song Aus der Jugendzeit by Robert Radecke. Maybe this will be the beginning of a yearly Fruehlings Konzert at the Saengerbund!
Groom showers are popular and so is the Houston Saengerbund. Mary Kay and Mark Buehler threw a groom's party on April 23 for one of our section leaders, Matt Roorda, who is engaged to be married to Carolyn Spitz later this summer. What is a man without a man cave and what is a man cave without the right equipment? Thus the list of oh-so-practical presents included an ice chest, flash light, drill, plunger, tools, a bucket, barbecue utensils and a saw among others. All the best to the happy couple!
The Houston Saengerbund invited it's members to a combined anniversary party on April 8, 2016, to celebrate the Maennerchor's 133rd and the Damenchor's 78th anniversary. The celebration took place at Maggiano' Little Italy. Elmy Biermanns chaired the event and lead through the program. There were many contributions to the program by our own members and section leaders.
On March 7, Preservation Houston donated the original city flag to the City of Houston Public Library. In honor of the occasion, the men of the Houston Saengerbund, the city's oldest musical society, sang the exhumed city song. They sang it seriously with great precision and gusto, just as it should be for this historically important event; the Houston Chronicle's Lisa Gray blogged about the event here.
Thomas Glass - 1st
Johnny Brown - 2nd
Sydney Anderson - 3rd
Raphaella Medina - 4th
Michelle Girardot - 5th
Laura Lisk - 6th
Cairee Mayfield - 7th
Michael Kessler - 8th
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