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.
Be our guest! Be our guest! The Houston Saengerbund invites you to a festival of songs for springtime! This concert and reception is free to the public. The Date: Tuesday evening, April 25. The place: First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1311 Holman Avenue, corner Caroline and Holman. Time: 7:30 pm.
The celebratory noise resounds in both English and German. Come hear the men and women of our combined choral groups perform Robert Schumann’s rousing Gypsy Life - “Zigeunerleben,” Woodie Guthrie’s familiar “This Land is Your Land,” and Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America.” The beautiful “Das Kufsteiner Lied” that makes one see the mountains of the Tirol, and hear the horns from distant mountain passes.
In 2014, the Houston Saengerbund created a program to enlist the participation of young music students in Houston. Their presence in the choirs has enabled the Maennerchor and the Damenchor to continue their choral traditions. Several of our former students have gone on to perform with the Metropolitan Opera, the Santa Fe Opera, the Houston Opera Studio, and companies in Germany and France. Others pursue graduate work at the Juilliard School and other conservatories.
A gleeful reception will follow the concert featuring Maibowle - a glorious mixture of champagne, wine, mint - and small cakes…..straight out of Alice in Wonderland’s Tea Party. Or maybe it is the tea set from Beauty and the Beast. We think Miss Potts would sing:
“You’ll be there, as our guest
Sakes alive, we shall be blessed!”
In German, we say a “Fruelingskonzert.”
“Wine will be poured, thank the Lord.”
Say “Prost!” you won’t be bored!
The cakes and wine and song will effervesce!
“Hol-la ri, ho-la-rei.” A German Yippee-Ki-Yay!
Bitte, lieber Freunde, be our guest!
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.
The Houston Saengerbund is proud to present the eight prize winners of Saturday's German Singing Competition:
Clara Osowski - 1st
Ben Schaefer - 2nd
Joanna Latini - 3rd
Julie Ann Moore - 4th
Joseph Leppek - 5th
Duke Kim - 6th
Chelsey Geeting - 7th
Mark Thomas - 8th
All of the semi-finalists (indeed, all of the entrants) were excellent; it was a real challenge to choose the best eight! 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 first German Christmas Concert of the Houston Saengerbund was a huge success. The audience filled the church to the last seat and enjoyed Christmas music in German, English and Latin. Music by Bach, Brahms, Gruber, Haendel and Vivaldi was among the selection. At the end of the concert, the audience joined the Saengerbund in a sing-along of O Tannenbaum, Frosty der Schneemann, Winter Wonderland and others, sung in both German and English. Following the concert was a reception with German cookies and Stollen. The Feuerzangenbowle received the most attention. Everyone watched the rum soaked sugar cone being set aflame and the caramelized sugar dripping into hot red wine. Who would not want to try a glass?
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 Gemischterchor sang Verleih uns Frieden, the Damenchor sang Abendlied and the Maennerchor sang Tuerkisches Schenkenlied.
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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