Gesang Verein Harmonia Chorus performance at Taber Museum

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 was the Chorus’s accompanist. The museum program was underwritten by the Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts and Hudock Capital.

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, 2017, will mark 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 June 9, 10 and 11, 2017, in Williamsport. All five choruses will perform at a public concert the afternoon of June 10.

The Chorus will also be performing outside of the St. Joseph the Worker Church, West Fourth Street, 1 p.m. Saturday. The Gesang Verein Harmonia 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.