The Nordöstlicher Sängerbund von Amerika (NöSB), (in English: the Northeastern Federation of Singing Societies of America), is the umbrella organization for German choruses in the Mid-Atlantic area. Our member choruses range from Long Island, NY in the North, through Pennsylvania, Delaware, and down to Maryland and Washington, DC in the South.
Our purpose is to promote the cultivation of German songs and music. We are also dedicated to the preservation of German customs and sociability among its members, and the German language.
For these purposes, (as well as just for the joy of it all!), the NöSB periodically organizes National Song Festivals (Sängerfests). A Sängerfest brings together all the choruses that make up the NöSB.
In recent years, the NÖSB has held a Song Festival every three years. The last one would have been in 2021, but of course this was disrupted by the COVID pandemic. We are not yet sure if we will have a Song Festival in 2022.
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The 53rd Sängerfest
of the Nordoestlicher Saengerbund
was held on Saturday, June 2, 2018
at the Cannstatter Volksfest Verein in Philadelphia, PA
53rd Sängerfest - June 2, 2018 - Cannstatter Volksfest Verein - Philadelphia. photo: Jeanne Endrikat, Washington Sängerbund
Sixteen participating choruses offered individual presentations. This was followed by a combined chorus of all singers. Next up were a Maennerchor (men's chorus) and a Damenchor (women's chorus).
Closing the program with a grand finale, a combined chorus featured all the singers performed the ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic’.
A festive dinner and dance followed the concert.
The Organizing Committee for the 53rd NÖSB Sängerfest
Patricia B. Lightfoot
C. Nelson Fritts
David A. Lightfoot
Dolores L. Trueman
The 52nd Saengerfest
of the Nordöstlicher Sängerbund on June 12-14, 2015
was hosted by the Bloomfield Liedertafel of Pittsburgh, PA
with a festival concert followed by a banquet
at the Wyndham Grand Hotel in Pittsburgh.
The 51st Saengerfest
of the Nordöstlicher Sängerbund was organized by the Lehigh Saengerbund from the Lehigh Valley in Pensylvania on June 8-10, 2012. A grand concert with 200 singers and orchestra was presented on Saturday evening in the Allentown Symphony Hall.