Hundreds of singers from around North America will descend upon the Glass City for the long summer weekend, beginning Thursday, June 28, and running through Sunday, July 1.
The festival will culminate in a must-see Grand Concert on Saturday, June 30, on the historic stage of the Valentine Theatre. The groups will compete at a Prize Song Competition earlier in the day. Both events will be open to the public. Tickets will go on sale later this spring.
The most recent competition and festival was held in June 2015 in New Glarus, Wis. The Toledo Swiss Singers brought home gold and silver prizes from the competition.
Visiting choirs are staying at the newly renovated Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel, reserving a majority of the more than 240 rooms. The choirs will socialize, meet and gather inside the hotel ballrooms, as well as prepare for the competition and Grand Concert singing.
With Toledo in the international spotlight, the Singers hope many from near and far will join them for an unforgettable festival and Grand Concert on June 30.
VideoWatch the singers perform “Edelweiss” at the Saengerfest 2015 Grand concert in New Glarus, Wisconsin:
Video courtesy Swiss Center of North America's YouTube channel.
About the SingersCurrently under the direction of Micah Graber, the choir has been a cultural staple in the Toledo area since 1869. This year, the Singers will mark 150 years of celebrating Swiss culture in the area. The chorus in its current form has been around since 1924. Its aim is to retain and preserve the culture and songs of Switzerland, to live up to the singers’ ancestors’ tenets of faith and behavior, help others, and to be good citizens.
The nonprofit organization is also part of the larger German American Festival (GAF) Society, which most people associate with the festival held annually in August. The society consists of seven German-speaking societies. During the festival, the Singers set up and operate the Swiss Cheese Haus, along with the Stein Stossen contest. The GAF Festival draws more than 30,000 people on an average weekend and is the largest ethnic festival in this part of the country.
The Swiss Singers practice Wednesday evenings at 7:30 at Oak Shade Grove and are still looking for interested singers and volunteers to participate in Saengerfest 2018.