11 July 2014

Schwaben Chor

Wo man singt, da laß' dich ruhig nieder, böse Menschen haben keine Lieder


Spatzen Kinderchor



Radio - Rundfunk




German Links

Lieder aus dem Schwabenland

37th Saengerfest Utica
June 2015

NYS Sängerbund


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Christel Kasprzak

Vice President

Candy Holtham


Erica Cole

Financial Secretary

Manfred Rieger


Howard Reuse

Music Director

Jack Trenchard

Assistant Music Director

Thomas Mudd Jr.

Spatzen Kinderchor Music Director

Monika Braun

Accompanist/Music Committee Chairperson

Susan Schneider

Board of Directors

Hans Balko
Inge Balko
Frank Martinez
Monika Braun
Helene Brownson
Ursula Friedrich
Helga Geiser
Milton Keim
Irmgard Pamer
Gunter Schneider



Spatzen Kinderchor
For children ages 5 - 12

Music Director


Monika Braun

Susan Schneider

Spatzen Kinder Chor 9 November 2002
Spatzen  Kinder Chor 9 November 2002



Cleveland Heights Christian Church

Cleveland Heights Christian Church
4774 Union Road, Cheektowaga, NY 14225

Weekly Rehearsals

Friday evenings September through June

Spatzen Chor from 7:00 PM to 7:45 PM

Adult Chorus 8 PM to 10PM



2013 Calendar of Events
Exact Times, Dates, and Details To Be Announced

Sep _ & _
1:00-10:00 PM

German-American Heritage Fest

Cheektowaga Town Park

Oct 19 & 20

NYS Sängerbund Convention

Quality Inn     716.633.5500
4217 Genesee Street, Cheektowaga, NY

Sun Nov 10

Fall Concert 4:00 PM
Dinner/Dance following concert

St. John's Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St., W.Seneca.
Gregor's Garden Grove 3270 Clinton St., W.Seneca.

Sun Dec __
3:00 PM

Weihnachtskonzert (Christmas Concert)

St. Stephen's-Bethlehem UCC
750 Wehrle Dr., Amherst, NY



E-Mail Post Office

Christel Kasprzak



Jack Trenchard

Mr. Jack Trenchard, has been affiliated with the Schwaben Chor since 1981. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Vocal Music Education from SUNY Fredonia and recently retired from the Tonawanda School System where he taught music for more than 25 years. Mr. Trenchard not only has experience in teaching, but also in directing musicals and barbershopping, which he has been involved with for over 20 years.

In 1990 Mr. Trenchard was injured in an accident, leaving him wheelchair-bound. Anyone that knows Jack also knows that he is anything but disabled. Enabled would be a much more suitable term. We in the Schwaben Chor are continually inspired by his indomitable spirit and courage. Prior to 1990, Mr. Trenchard was very involved in athletics. He still plays tennis and golf in his dreams! Now he lifts weight and "wheels" for exercise. A recipient of the Clarkson Center's prestigious "Courage To Come Back Award," Mr. Trenchard returned to school to pursue a Master's Degree in Counseling, which he earned in the Spring of 1999 through St. Bonaventure University.

Jack was the Fest Dirigent for the New York State Sängerbund Sängerfest in 2000, which was held in Buffalo. His expertise and love of music was mirrored in the performance as he directed all the participating societies in the Mass Chorus Concert.



History of the
Buffalo Schwaben Chor


"Let There Be Music," a song which we have performed many times, is our theme. From our humble beginning in 1880 with 46 men, we have grown into an active singing society of 50 members, in this our 128th anniversary year. It was and remains the primary purpose of our chorus to promote interest in German and American culture with music and song.

Way back in 1885, a spring and fall concert were held, and then after joining the North American Sängerbund, we took part in the Sängerfeste in various cities across the nation. Many directors have come and gone over the years. Our fiftieth concert with 90 men took place at the Elmwood Music Hall. Guest societies also took part in this celebration. It was in this same year that the Buffalo Evening News opened its own radio station, WBEN. It was our first national hook-up concert.

The original name of the chorus was the Schwäbischer Sängerbund, which in the early 1940's was changed to the Schwäbischer Männerchor because of World War II. All proceeds from concerts during the war years were donated to needy persons in Europe. In 1965, under the direction of Peter Gorecki, who remained our director for 25 years, and with the addition of the ladies, we became known as the Schwäbischer Mens and Ladies Chorus. Together we have witnessed our development into one of the leading ethnic singing societies in Western New York.

Our motto: "Wo man singt, da lass' dich ruhig nieder; böse Menschen haben keine Lieder" This simply means where there is singing, one should join in; angry men have no songs to sing.

In 1980, under the leadership of Karl Grimm, an extensive concert tour of Germany was undertaken. It was an exhilarating experience for all 55 members who participated. Many new friends were made and our concerts were well received. It was enjoyed so much, that in 1983, under the able direction of Jack Trenchard, we returned with 85 singers. Both times the chorus stayed in private homes in the host cities. This gave us an opportunity to become very familiar with our hosts and they with us. The realization that Americans and those of German descent were successfully keeping German culture alive in the U.S. was very important to the citizens of Germany. Several of our singers have been active for over 50 years and at one time we had three generations of a family singing at the same time.

The Buffalo Schwaben Chor as we are now called, has performed over seven times in the Lancaster Opera House and has been a guest chorus in Toledo and Youngstown, Ohio; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and in Midland, Ontario. When invited, we perform at nursing homes, churches and various other functions. We also have a Christmas party in December and a "Mystery Ride" during the summer.

In June of 1997, we traveled to Utica to compete in the triennial New York State Sängerbund competition, the Sängerfest. For the fourth time, we proudly took first prize in the mixed category, the ladies competed for the second time and were successful in taking first place and in 1997 we also took the trophy for most points. In 1995 the Spatzen Kinder Chor was formed with 32 children and the hope that they will ensure that our heritage will continue for a long time.

In June of 2000, we were honored to host the New York State Sängerbund Sängerfest here in Buffalo. The Spatzen Kinderchor performed to a standing audience as all of the singers from around the state marveled at their performance, mouthed the words as the children sang, recognized their heritage and tradition, and nearly brought the roof down after each song.

Sängerfest 2000

Sängerfest 2000 Pictures

In June of 2003, we traveled to Kingston to compete in the New York State Sängerbund Sängerfest. The Buffalo Schwaben Ladies Chorus, proudly took the first prize trophy.

In June of 2006, we traveled to Binghamton to compete in the New York State Sängerbund Sängerfest. The Buffalo Schwaben Chor proudly took the first prize trophy in the Mixed Chorus 1st Class competition and the Ladies Chorus, proudly took the first prize trophy in their division.

Every successful organization relies on competent leadership, but without cooperation and hard work from its members there can he no success. Fortunately, we have had both. Not only are we brought together to sing, but we are also a close-knit group of friends.



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