Second Annual Saengerbund Awards, A German Singing Competition

Competition Finalists 2017

January 21, 2017

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!

The evening's repertoire consisted of music by Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Richard Strauss, Joseph Marx, Brahms, Mahler, Lehar, Humperdinck and Johann Strauss. Each singer presented two songs in German. Among them were Und gestern hat er mir Rosen gebracht, Klänge der Heimat, Der Soldat, Papagena, Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön and Dein ist mein ganzes Herz. All singers were accompanied by Thomas Jaber, Professor of Music at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music and music director of the Rice University Chorale.

During the intermission the audience members were able to vote for their favorite singer.

While the judges deliberated, intermission entertainment was provided by Michelle Girardot, Raphaella Medina and Johnny Brown, some of last year's prize winners; they were accompanied by Houston Saengerbund's pianist Mary Box.

The prizes were awarded at the conclusion of the concert with the top prize going to Clara Osowski. There was a tie in the vote of the audience favorite with both Duke Kim and Chelsey Geeting winning the award.

In the picture from left to right, bottom row are Joseph Leppek, Ben Schaefer, Duke Kim and top row Joanna Latini, pianist Thomas Jaber, Chelsey Geeting, Mark Thomas, Clara Osowski and Julie Ann Moore.

Congratulations to all singers and to Mary Kay Buehler, organizer of the competition. Thank you to the preliminaries/semifinals judges Elmy Biermanns, Vicky Hemme, Mark Diamond, Kade Smith, Dr. Giles Brightwell and Dr. Andrea Jaber, semifinals/finals accompanist Thomas Jaber, and finals judges Alex Rosen, Rick Erickson, Cheryl Parrish and Diane Zola.

Above all, thank you to the many Houston Saengerbund members who volunteered their time to make this concert a success. Finally, special thanks to Ashley McGinty, owner and photographer at, who donated her services in honor and memory of her grandfather Richard E. McGinty.

Fruehlings Konzert

April 26, 2016

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!

Houston's City Song

March, 2016

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.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Houston Saengerbund German Vocal Music Competition

Competition Winner Thomas Glass

January 23, 2016

Thomas Glass - 1st
Johnny Brown - 2nd
Sydney Anderson - 3rd
Raphaella Medina - 4th
Michelle Girardot - 5th
Laura Lisk - 6th
Cairee Mayfield - 7th
Michael Kessler - 8th

Houston Leipzig Sister City Concert

November 19, 2015

The Houston Saengerbund was invited to sing for the Leipzig Sister City Association. Both the Maennerchor and Damenchor sang before the Leipzig Sister City Association November meeting held at the American Red Cross.Click here to view photo album from the event.

Maennerchor November Pub Crawl

Noember 13, 2015

The Maennerchor continued their tradition of singing at local Pubs. This round they enjoyed singing with patrons at McElroy's, Third Floor, Flying Saucer and Brewery Tap.Click here to view photo album from the event.

Karbach Oktoberfest

October 18, 2015

On September 24 the Maennerchor sang at Karbach Brewery, October 18 they were joined by the Damenchor. Both events were well attended and provided great audiences who sang along and danced to the great Oktoberfest music provided by our singers. The Karbach Biergarten was a diverse mixture of runners, craft beer enthusasts, families and a few dogs all enjoying Gemütlichkeit. Click here to view photo album from the event.

First Evangelical Lutheran Church Oktoberfest

October 17, 2015

Both choirs sang at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church (FELC) Oktoberfest. This was the first Maennerchor and Damenchor performance at FELC since returning as tenants this summer. The midday performance at a historical church with mixed architecture of the Houston Community College as a backdrop was an appropriate setting for music organization celebrating 132 years in Houston.Click here to view photo album from the event.

Houston Brass Band Oktoberfest

October 4, 2015

The Houston Saengerbund shared the stage with the Houston Brass Band at Christ the King Lutheran Church. The band played a verity of Polkas, marches and drinking songs while the choirs performed traditional songs including some Bierhalle favorites. Music filled the courtyard even after the sun had set.Click here to view photo album from the event.

The Maennerchor at Karbach

September 24, 2015

The Maennerchor sang for the Stanford University Law Alumni at Karbach Brewery.Click here to view photo album from the event.

Maennerchor at Round Top

June 27, 2015

The Maennerchor went out with a big bang, a performance at the prestigious Round Top Festival Hill at their all German concert, the Round Top Summer Music Festival. They received many compliments but none more important than the one from James Dick, founder of the Round Top Festival Institute.Click here to view photo album from the event.

Maenner and Damenchor at the Hallmark

June 23, 2015

The Damenchor and Maennerchor sang at the Hallmark Retirement Community and brought much joy to the residents. ‘Ich ging durch einen grassgruenen Wald’, ‘Hoch auf dem gelben Wagen’ was sung by the ladies and ‘Aus der Traube in die Tonne’, ‘Oh Isis und Osiris’, ‘Dorfball’, ‘Ich weiss ein Fass’ and ‘Vive L’Amour’ was sung by the men. ‘Abschied vom Wald’ was sung by all.Click here to view photo album from the event.

Texas State Saengerfest

May 3, 2015

The 69th Texas State Saengerfest was hosted by the Houston Liederkranz during the first weekend in May. At Sunday’s concert the Houston Saengerbund Damenchor received numerous compliments for their performance of ‘Fruehlingsahnung’ and the Maennerchor received a standing ovation after singing ‘Vive L’Amour’. Thanks to the Meistersingers both choirs had significantly improved their singing and the result of that was very obvious at the Saengerfest.Click here to view photo album from the event.

Bellville Fruehlingsfest

April 26, 2015

Fifty singers of the Saengerbund Damenchor and Maennerchor sang among several other groups. The Bellville Lions Club and the Bluebonnet Chapter of the Texas German Society always host a lovely event that includes BBQ, beer, vendors and plenty of gemütlichkeit.Click here to view photo album from the event.

April Maennerchor Pub Crawl

April 10, 2015

The April pub crawl was the best pub crawl we had so far. Audiences at the Stag’s Head, Third Floor, The Flying Saucer and the Brewery Tab were quite impressed with the Maennerchor singing. We met folks who liked what they heard and saw and distributed our flyer for them to take home. The communications director at the Brewery Tab was so excited that he joined the Saengerbund immediately.Click here to view photo album from the event.


March 22, 2015

Vicky Hemme, the Damenchor director, organized a new event called Kaffeekonzert. Several groups such as the Liederkranz, Saengerbund Maennerchor, Saengerbund Damenchor, Shanty Chor and Deutsche Samstagsschule came together to enjoy an afternoon of singing in March while having coffee and cake. Click here to view photo album from the event.

Houston Saengerbund Damenchor Sings at the Printing Museum Houston

February 21, 2015

Postcards from the Trenches 1 Postcards from the Trenches 2

The Houston Saengerbund Damenchor sang at the Printing Museum Houston for the closing ceremony of the Exhibition 'Postcards from the Trenches' - How Germans and Americans Visualize the Great War. Exhibit Curator Irene Guenther invited the Houston Saengerbund to sing. One song in particular touched many in the audience - Weisst du wieviel Sternlein stehen? (Do you know how many stars are in the sky?), a lullaby from the early 1830's. Special guest speaker of the evening was German Consul General Ricarda Redeker.

Houston Saengerbund Hosts 67th State Saengerfest

May 4-5, 2013

67th State Saengerfest

We hope you had a wonderful time at the 67th State Saengerfest at South Shore Harbour Resort in League City, Texas.

Event photos can be found here.

Download our event program in English or German.

Winners of the 2013 Houston Saengerbund Composition Contest

The following winning compositions represent new and original choral compositions in the tradition of Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann and others of the German Classic Lied. Winners were selected from among numerous compositions submitted by composers throughout the United States and will receive cash prizes of $1000 each.

Mixed Choir: Rebecca Oswald, "Die Alster"

Men's Choir: R. Michael Daugherty, "Fischerweise"

Women's Choir: Carlie Hunter Burdett, "Mutterliebe"

The Houston Saengerbund will premiere these along with the massed choirs of the Deutsch-Texanischer Sängerbund in May 2013.

Download the complete Press Release