Saengerchor Deutsches Haus
Since several of the organizations that joined together to form Deutsches Haus were men’s singing clubs, it was only natural that one of the first groups formed in the new Haus would be a singing society: the Saengerchor Deutsches Haus. This chorus, which has been in existence for eighty-two years, is dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of German folk songs. Just as Deutsches Haus struggled to maintain its existence during the dark days of World War II, the Saengerchor, too, found that its membership dwindled to a very small group of dedicated singers. To allay fears that the singers were in any way political, representatives of the FBI were invited to attend all rehearsals. Shortly after the war, membership in the Saengerchor rebounded and the singers were soon able to return to their practice of holding annual spring and Christmas concerts. Since 1928, the Saengerchor has been a member of the North American Singers Association (NASB), a national group composed of German choruses in states throughout the mid-western and southern parts of the United States. Every three years members of the NASB come together for a national Saengerfest, which attracts nearly 2000 singers. In 1958, the Saengerchor had the honor of hosting the Saengerfest in New Orleans. The Saengerchor meets every first and third Friday to enjoy German song, and we will join with the Damenchor in sponsoring an annual dinner/concert. We hope that in the near future we will —- again with the Damenchor—- be able to offer an annual Christmas concert. We are most grateful to our former singers whose vision it was to organize the Deutsches Haus more than eight decades ago. We wish to extend an invitation to all men, regardless of musical ability, to join with us and to help us preserve the tradition of German song. A speaking or reading knowledge of German is NOT required. Our only requirement is a love of German song and a desire to sing.