28 May 2017

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President's Message

Dear Friends,                                                   May 2017

Veronika, der Lenz ist da!

I hope you all have successfully endured the cold winter, rainy spring and enjoyed a most pleasant Eastertide.

The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, and it's almost show time. Music directors and singers around the state have been sharpening their choral skills, exercising their vocal cords, and reenergizing their minds and souls in anticipation of their upcoming Frühlings Konzerte.

We've just completed our spring Music Committee Meeting hosted by the Utica Männerchor. Vielen Dank to Gail Miller and Judy Schwenzfeier for their support and hospitality. Thank you to all our delegates for their input as we reviewed the 14 Month Check-Point of our 38th Sängerfest in 2018. This was the first time we are developing and planning a sängerfest under our new two day format.

Hildegard Edling, president of the Kingston Maennerchor and Damenchor presented details plans of their 150th Anniversary celebration and our 38th NYSSB Sängerfest. The discussion and thoughtful deliberation by all was both fruitful and beneficial. We're looking forward to input by all choruses of their mass chorus music selections, and attendance commitments at the annual convention.

Patricia Davern and Ursula Pauly-Kraemer of Binghamton presented their proposal for our annual convention in September.

I gratefully acknowledge the hard work and dedication of all the delegates who participated in this process. We are all committed to support and sustain the New York State Saengerbund and dedicated to its future development and success.

2017 NYSSB Annual Convention
Hosted by the
German Club of Binghamton
16 & 17 September 2017

38th NYSSB Sängerfest
Hosted by the
Kingston Maennerchor and Damenchor
150th Anniversary
9 & 10 June 2018

We offer our sincerest sympathy and heartfelt condolence to the family and friends of Donna Stegner. Donna was saengerbund secretary for me and my predecessor Werner Franz. We will miss her dearly but can reflect on her generous, joyful, and pleasant personality.

Mit freundlichen Saengergruessen, Freundschaft, und Kameradschaft,
verbleiben ich Euer Saengerbruder und Freund,

Hermann Alfons Koelmel


Member Vereine
New York State Sängerbund


German American Club of Albany
32 Cherry Street, Albany, N.Y. 12205 (518) 482-5845

German Club of Binghamton
218 Loughlin Rd., Binghamton, NY 13904 (607) 775-5265 Friday night only

Buffalo Schwaben Chor
231 East Treehaven Road Cheektowaga, NY 14215-1410 (716) 832-9707

Concordia Singing Society
West Fulton Street, P.O. Box 1386, Gloversville, NY 12078 (518) 725-4813

Kingston Männerchor & Damenchor
37 Greenkill Avenue Kingston, NY 12401 (845) 338-3763

Germania Singing Society of Poughkeepsie
37 Old Degarmo Road Poughkeepsie NY 12603-2062 - (845) 471-0609

Liederverein Syracuse
424 Douglas Street Syracuse, NY 13203-1617 (315) 471-1816

German American Society of Central New York
c/o Klaus Raith 108 Roosevelt Road, Cleveland, NY 13042

Troy Männerchor & Damen Verein
309 Third Ave Troy NY 12182-3301 (518) 237-5008

Utica Männerchor
5535 Flanagan Road - PO Box 441 Marcy, NY 13403-0441 (315) 735-5882



Officers & Chairpersons
New York State Sängerbund


Hermann Koelmel

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1st Vice President

Helga Nowak-Razey

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2nd Vice President

Monika Braun

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Patty Davern

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George Kramer

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Financial Secretary

Carol Lawless

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Debbie Thomas

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Bundes Music Committee

Gail Miller

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Bundes Music Committee
Vice Chairperson

Susan Schneider

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Bundes Music Committee

Elizabeth Calabrese

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Honorary President

Werner Franz

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Key Dates
New York State Sängerbund


Bundes Music Committee Meeting
Hosted by the Utica Männerchor

Sunday 30 April 2017

For more information about what's happening in Utica click on their flag.
Go to the Utica Männerchor Web Site.


Annual Convention
16/17 September 2017
Hosted by the
German Chorus of Binghamton



WEB Links

Links to Member Vereine Home Pages:

German American Club of Albany
German Club of Binghamton
Buffalo Schwaben Chor
Concordia Singing Society
Kingston Männerchor & Damenchor
Germania Singing Society Poughkeepsie
Liederverein Syracuse
Troy Männerchor & Damen Verein
Utica Männerchor



E-Mail Addresses
Send E-Mail Directly To:

Braun, Monika : Buffalo Schwaben Choir
Betzwieser, Eleanor : Troy Damenverein
Calabrese, George & Liz: Germania Singing Society Poughkeepsie
Cole, Karl & Erica: Buffalo Schwaben Choir
Daly, Jim: Utica Männerchor
Davern, Patricia : NYSSB Secretary & Financial Secretary, German Club of Binghampton
Edling, Hildegard: President Kingston Männerchor & Damenchor
Engelhardt, Ulrike: Germania Singing Society Poughkeepsie
Eschbach, Kurt: President, German Club of Binghampton
Franz, Werner: NYSSB Honorary President, Utica Männerchor
Kasprsak, Christel : Buffalo Schwaben Choir
Kemmerer, Patricia: Germania Singing Society Poughkeepsie
Koelmel, Hermann: NYSSB President, Kingston Männerchor & Damenchor
Kramer, George: NYSSB Treasurer, Liederverein Syracusee
Lawless, Carol: NYSSB Financial Secretary, Utica Männerchor
Messing, Randy : German Club of Binghampton
Miller, Gail: NYSSB Bundes Music Committee Chairperson, Utica Männerchor
Nowak-Razey, Helga: NYSSB BMC Secretary, & President Germania Singing Society Poughkeepsie
Pohlmann, Walter: Troy Männerchor
Reedy, Jim: German-American Club of Albany and Troy Germania
Schneider, Susan: NYSSB BMC Vice Chairperson, & Pianist Buffalo Schwaben Choir
Schwenzfeier, Leo & Judy: NYSSB 1st Vice President, & Utica Männerchor
Smith, Karen: Concordia Singing Society Gloversville
Stegner, Donna: Kingston Männerchor & Damenchor
Debbie Thomas: NYSSB Archivist/Librarian, Liederverein Syracuse
Vest, Helga : German Club of Binghampton



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