March 2019

President's Message

Dear Member Societies, Singers, Officers, Directors, and Friends,

I hope the winter was not too harsh for you and that the giant rodent in Punxsutawney, PA; Phil the weather prognosticator was correct in predicting and early spring.

We have had many wonderful German-American events in 2018 to celebrate our heritage and remember the traditions of our parents and grandparents. One highlight of course was our 38th Sängerfest under our new format but with the joy, spirit, and happiness of all the previous 37 celebrations. We still need a host for the 39th Sängerfest and hopefully this will be resolved soon.

The next Bundes Music Committee Meeting
Sunday, 28 April 2019

at 12:30 PM in Utica, NY.

The 2019 NYSSB Convention
will be hosted by the Syracuse Liederverein
5-6 October 2019 in Syracuse, NY.
Details will be available at the BMC meeting.

Unser geliebter Sangesbruder, Dirigent, und treuer Freund Dr. John F. Galish ist dem himmlischen Chor beigetreten. Our beloved singer's brother, Music Director, and faithful friend Dr. John F. Galish joined the heavenly choir. John was Dirigent in five of our choruses: Gloversville, Albany, Troy, Poughkeepsie, and Kingston for a total of 33 years. He arranged many musical pieces which he willing shared with all; including the Rheinlieder Potpourri, Sängerfest Sängergruß, and the Alte Kameraden Sängermarsch. John spoke several languages and enjoyed traveling the world with his love, Angela. He passed away on 4 February 2019 (Age 78).

Möge er in Frieden ruhen, und in Gottes Segen geborgen
May he Rest in Peace and be secure in Gods Blessings

I look forward to another successful year working with you and your verein. We wish you all a blessed and reflective holy week and a Happy, Joyful Easter.

Mit freundlichen Sängergruessen, Freundschaft, und Kameradschaft,
verbleiben ich Euer Sängerbruder und Freund,

Hermann Alfons Koelmel




Return to the New York State Sängerbund Home Page