The Schwäbischer Sängerbund roots date back to 1885. On April 10 of that year, a group of 27 German immigrants formed the original men's chorus. Their purpose was to keep their cherished traditions and heritage of choral singing alive In their newly adopted country. In the early 1900s, the men's chorus was one of the leading clubs in the city of Newark which at that time had over a dozen active German choruses. The Schwäbischer Sängerbund men's chorus was very active in the Northeastern Sängerbund participating both in prize competitions and with the United Singers of Newark hosting singing festivals in 1891, 1906 and 1935. Between the years 1912 and 1938 the chorus enjoyed much success by winning one first and placing second three times in first class prize competitions by men's choruses at the Northeastern Sängerbund festivals.
In 1945, at the 60th Anniversary concert of the men's chorus, they were joined by the United Ladies Chorus of Newark and a number of wives and daughters of the members to perform for the first time as a mixed chorus singing the famous Romberg composition "Das Lied von der Glocke" or ‘The Song of the Bell.” In 1947, the United Ladies Chorus disbanded and joined the Schwäbischer Sängerbund.
Their success in prize singing competitions continued in the 1950s with the mixed chorus enjoying one first place finish and the Ladles a first and a second place finish, all in their respective first class competitions. in 1957 the mixed chorus joined forces with several choruses in the Greater New York area to participate in two charity concerts presented at NYC’s Carnegie Hall.
The Schwäbischer Sängerbund today participates in many functions throughout the year including the highly successful annual Songfests with the Sängerchor, the German Heritage festival in Holmdel, the Steuben Day Parade up New York City's 5th Avenue, concerts at assisted living communities, and their annual Christmas Concert at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield. On October 2, 2004, the Schwäbischer Sängerbund sang German/American songs at a new venue ie,Octoberfest at Montgomery Art and Cultural Center near Princeton.
Over the years the chorus made numerous concert trips to Germany including successful tours in 1993 (Germany, France, & Switzerland, 1997 (Germany, Czech Republic & Austria) and 2001 (Northern Germany). In June 2004, a 5PM Mass concert at the Vatican and another in a local Basilica in Rome were performed. Additional concerts in Venice, Italy and Reidlingen, Germany were also held.
Today the SSB is the largest mixed chorus within the NESS (North Eastern Singing Society). Our members come from all over the State of New Jersey and beyond.
The chorus rehearses every Wednesday evening at 8:00 p.m. at the Deutscher Club in Clark, NJ.