Milestones of the Champion of Men's Choral SingingSince 1925
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Fellow emigrants, from the city of Solingen in Germany, gathered
in the Newark Turnhalle on October 20 to give birth to a new
men's chorus that they christened Sängerchor Newark
15th Anniversary Concert was held in Krueger's Auditorium,
and old Newark landmark. The concert featured the chorus in
the world-premier performance of the challenging choral work
titled Columbus Letzte Nacht (Columbus's Last Night).
Sängerchor holds it's first concert in the Mosque Theater,
Newark's Arts and Cultural center of that era. The concert
was sold out eight days in advance and was attended by a standing
room audience of 3,400 people
Sängerchor placed first in the men's chorus "A class" prize
singing competition the Northeastern Sängerbund Song Festival
held in Philadelphia. Recognition for this achievement was
temporary custody of the Columbia Trophy. This trophy, donated
to the Northeaster Sängerbund in 1926 by the German newspaper "N.
Y. Staats Zeitung, und Herold" is presented to the chorus
achieving the highest point count in the men's chorus "A
class". If not successfully defended at the next competition,
the trophy is surrendered to the new winner. In order to permanently
retire the trophy a men's chorus must win in three successive "A
October 9, the chorus performed in a concert in New York's
famous Carnegie Hall.
Sängerchor celebrated its Silver Anniversary at the Mosque
Theater. Despite a tropical storm that battered the entire
state that day, the concert attracted a near capacity house.
The chorus performed superbly and the audience was charmed
by the arias and songs of the world renown tenor Lauritz Melchior
of the Metropolitan Opera.
chorus made its first trip to the German homeland visiting
the cities of Rheydt, Solingen, Duelken, Altenahr and Stuttgart.
chorus made its second Germany trip. The highlight of that
trip was a benefit concert for German orphan children in Rheydt.
Sängerchor reclaimed the "Columbia Trophy" at
the Northeastern Sängerbund Song Festival in NYC after
having relinquished it in the 1954 competition.
chorus 40th Anniversary Concert was celebrated in Symphony
Hall (formerly Mosque Theater) before two-thousand guest. The
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Zinka Milanov a leading Soprano
of the Metropolitan Opera Association, were featured guest
performers at the concert.
younger generation of the Sängerchor forms a "Double
Quartet whose immediate success and popularity made them a
focal point of many Sängerchor functions over the next
chorus successfully defended the "Columbia Trophy" in
the "A Class" competition at the Northeastern Sängerbund
Song Festival in Philadelphia.
chorus made its third trip to Germany. The itinerary included
sightseeing through southern Germany and Austria and participation
at the Stuttgart Song Festival.
The Sängerchor went on a memorable "Herrentour" to
Milwaukee, Wisconsin where they gave an acclaimed, concert
performance at the Milwaukee Liederkranz.
The Sängerchor successfully defended and permanently retired
the coveted Columbia Trophy at the Northeastern Sängerbund
Song Festival in Jersey City.
Sängerchor holds it’s annual Karneval at the United Singers
of Newark clubhouse Evergreen Lodge in Springfield NJ.
50th Anniversary Concert was held in the Theater Hall of Kean
College, Union, NJ before a capacity filled audience. The Bloomfield
Symphony Orchestra and the renowned Soloists Joan Summers,
Soprano and Wayne Turnage, Baritone participated. Brendan Byrne,
the Governor of New Jersey, proclaimed November 29, 1975, as "Sängerchor
Day" in the State of New Jersey.
Double Quartet in 1976
chorus participated in a three day Songfest in Columbus, Ohio,
and is honored in a reception at City Hall.
The chorus visited Columbus Ohio and was officially received by
it's Mayor on the steps of city hall.
Sängerchor performs at the tomb of the unknown soldier at Arlington
The chorus made its fourth Germany trip with concerts in Heiden,
Olsberg-Bigge, Solingen, LohrWombach and the Cathedral of Cologne.
Sängerchor inaugurates the first of three annual concerts
presented at the newly renovated Union County Arts Center.
Sängerchor performed as featured men's chorus at the First
National Sängerfest Banquet in Washington, DC.
Sängerchor and Schwäbischer Sängerbund inaugurate
annual Songfest's in Clark's ALJ High School. Songfest to benefit
local community and charitable organizations.
The Sängerchor made its fifth trip to Germany highlighted
by visits to Berlin, Bremen and Hamburg.
Each year the Sängerchor partakes in the annual GermanHeritage Festival at the PNC Bank Art Center in Holmdel, New Jersey.
The Sängerchor Men's Chorus accompanies Heino on this special occasion.
Sängerchor combined with the Schwäbischer Sängerbund , were featured guest chorus at the annual Steuben Day mass
in NYC's Patrick's cathedral.
The Sängerchor, on two occasions, performs as traditional
German men's chorus in the Lobby of the NJPAC as part of the
NJSO Wagner Festival pre-concert festivities.
The Sänger-Chor celebrated it's Diamond Jubilee in October 2000. Two events marked this milDJBanquetestone, a Church Concert in Plainfield's Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church on Sunday October 22 and a Banquet and Reception at the Chanticler Chateau Restaurant in Warren NJ the following Saturday October 28.
The concert featured Franz Schubert's Deutsche Messe and a selection of American Spirituals especially arranged by Manfred Knoop for the occasion. The Reverend Henry Harrison from the Baptist House of Prayer in Harlem NYC was our featured Gospel soloist and the chorus was supported by the Royal Brass Ensemble and Manfred Knoop on the piano. Sound bytes of these spirituals can be heard on our repertoire page. As a special feature the Sänger-Chor was joined by the men from the United Singers of Newark's other member choruses (the Schwäbischer Sängerbund and the Volkschor Harmonie) and sang some famous men's choral selections from past years. Former Sänger-Chor President Manfred Schneider was the chairperson of the concert.
Our Banquet and Reception was a great success and was highlighted by a Memory Lane exhibit that was put together by Walter Adam the Chairperson of the event. Among the celebrities in attendance was the German Council General Herr. Bernard Edler von der Planitz and the President of the North Eastern Sängerbund of America Mr. Simon Schock.
The Sänger-Chor men's chorus visits
St. Elizabeth's RC Church on Sunday March 4, 2001 and performs
at two masses. Director Manfred Knoop is the Minister of
Music at St. Elizabeth's Church.
The North Eastern Sängerbund Sängerfest held in May 2003.
Songfest 2003 was held
at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield NJ on Saturday June 7, 2003.
A Gala Choral Concert and Reception celebrating Manfred Knoop's 25th Anniversary as musical director of the Sänger-Chor was held on November 16, 2003 in Union's Holy Spirit Church. The program featured songs from the past 25 years of Sänger-Chor concerts that became audience and singer's favorites. Many of these are in our repertoire page and available as sound bytes.
Two other area choruses, the Carlstadt Mixed Chorus* under Music Director Johanna Teubner-Prussak; and the Schwäbischer Sängerbund Mixed Chorus**, Manfred Knoop, Director also participated in this Gala Concert to pay their tribute to Manfred's achievement. In the finale section of the concert the combined men from the three choruses sang "Das Morgenrot" directed by Manfred Knoop and finished off the program with the mass mixed chorus performing "Wohlauf in Gottes schöne Welt" directed by Johanna Teubner-Prussak.
The concert was followed by a reception in the Church cafeteria where refreshments were served and the audience and singer's were able to personally greet and congratulate Manfred.* Manfred Knoop was Carlstadt's music director in the 1980's. ** Manfred Knoop is the Schwäbischer Sängerbund Mixed Chorus music director since the 1984-85 season.
Songfest 2004 was held at the Holy Spirit Church in Union, NJ on Sunday May 16, 2004.
Christmas Carols at the Deutscher Club of Clark
The wives of the singers started the SCLA (Sänger Chor Ladies Auxilary) with Karen Horan as president, and Margot Blenke as vice president.
The Sängerchor, along with the men of the Schwäbisher Sängerbund, formed the German Men's Chorus of New Jersey and sang at the Bergen PAC in Englewood, NJ. The concert, named "Deep River," was of spirituals & gospel music and featured Jeeminn Lee & friends.
Recorded our CD of Spiritual and Sacred Songs
First performance at Lyons Veterans Hospital (Now an annual event)
Participated at the NOSB Songfest in Washington DC
Hosted MGV Liederkranz from Telfs Austria at Deutsche Club Clark
Participated with Reading PA Liederkranz for their 125th. Anniversary
Manfred Knoop, our Music Director since 1978, passed away February 14. 2011. Gregory Scimě, a long time colleague of Manfred’s, stepped in as our guest music direc- tor, conducting us at our Annual Songfest held May 15, 2011. Our program selections were dedicated to the memory of Manfred and contained many songs that were both Manfred’s and Chorus’ favorites.
On Sunday October 23, 2011, the Sänger-Chor and a host of other choruses and artists, presented A Life in Song, celebrating the life and music of Manfred Knoop. The concert was held at the John J. Breslin Auditorium at Felician College in Lodi, New Jersey. All participants donated their services and all proceeds benefited the Knoop children's col- lege fund. For more details about the participating choruses and artists and the events Program please click on the Manfred’s portrait shown to the right.
Hired Markus Hauck as our permanent music director