Turnverein Gemischter Chor
When it comes time to describing the fondness for singing by
the German people, there is just no easy way to
begin. Whenever a significant number of German speaking
people gather, all one needs to do is hum a few bars of a familiar
refrain, and let the German love for music take its course.
German singing ranges from the familiar drinking songs
to Wagnerian opera; from songs about nature to songs about love;
from hearty and robust to light and soft.
The OTV Choir in Stockton at the yearly Pacific Sängerbund Kommers
Traditionally, German choirs are composed of male voice only
(Männerchor), female voices only (Damenchor), and choirs of
men and women (Gemischter Chor). In Oakland, three times
per month on a
Wednesday evening from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the Oakland
Turnverein Gemischter Chor meets for an evening of singing and
comeraderie. Each year, they put on two major
concerts: Spring Concert (Frühlingskonzert), and Christmas Concert
If you are interested in joining the choir, you can stop by the
Bjornson Hall (2258 MacArthur Blvd) in Oakland some Wednesday
evening. Visitors are always welcome. Please call for
For further information, you can call Christine Beam at (510)
653-6564 or send an e-mail:
Rehearsals: Three Wednesdays per month, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Bjornson Hall, 2258 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland.
New singers are always welcome. Please call for rehersal dates.
Musical Director: Dietrich Erbelding
William (Bill) Smith, President.
Barbara Clement, Vice President.
Uschi Mahlstedt, Treasurer.
Edeltraut Kalder, Music Secretary.
Barbara Fronk, Financial Secretary
Kathy Rubin, Protocol Secretary
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