German chorus looking for singers

PHOTO PROVIDED The Gesang Verein Harmonia Chorus performed at the Thomas T. Taber Museum in Williamsport recently.

WILLIAMSPORT — The Williamsport Gesang Verein Harmonia Chorus, under the direction of Michael J. Connor, sang traditional German songs at the Taber Museum’s October Society Program on Oct. 16.

Jeff Johnson is the accompanist.

The Gesang Verein Harmonia was founded in 1892 by a group of young men interested in preserving their German heritage in song. Its chorus, which welcomed women beginning in 1967, has been singing locally and at competitions throughout the state ever since. The club prides itself on keeping alive the traditions of singing old German folk songs and songs of the German masters.

Next year marks the 125th anniversary of the Gesang Verein Harmonia’s founding and the 50th anniversary of its women’s chorus. In honor of the occasion, the yearly statewide Sangerfest (song festival) competition between five German-language singing groups in the state will be held in Williamsport, June 9, 10 and 11.  All five choruses will perform at a public concert the afternoon of Saturday, June 10.

The Gesang Verein Harmonia includes singers from Clinton and Lycoming counties. It is recruiting men and women from the community interested in singing with them. An audition is not required.

For information about joining the chorus, call 570-398-1166.