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.
The Austin Sängerrunde's Damenchor is excited to host the 2019 Sängerfest in Austin, TX -- and the Houston Saengerbund is looking forward to participating! We have contracted a bus for the event, but need at least 30 paid participants by Thursday April 4th in order to make it viable. Click here to reserve your seat on the bus as well as prepay for Saturday's dinner-dance featuring the music of the Moonlight Express Orchestra. Click here to reserve your hotel room.
Singing practice is held (almost) every Tuesday from mid-August to mid-May at 7:30 pm at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church at 1311 Holman St. Click here for directions.
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!
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. Click here to read more.
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. Click here to read more.
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.
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.
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.Click here to read more.
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).
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.
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)!
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. Click here to read more.
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.
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.
...and apply for (or renew your) membership in the Houston Saengerbund!