Join us Dec. 11 for our concert, ‘A Holiday to Remember’

The Toledo Swiss Singers, one of the area’s oldest singing groups, will join the Teutonia Chor for the holidays at their concert Dec. 11.

Holiday concert flyer
The concert, titled “A Holiday to Remember,” will feature familiar and classic holidays tunes, along with traditional Swiss and German songs. The special Saturday evening concert begins at 7:30 p.m. with delicious desserts sold à la carte before and after the performance at The Chalet at Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Road in Oregon.

Concert tickets are $15. For tickets, call Nancy Waters at (419) 666-7878 or (419) 290-3229. Deadline is Monday, Dec. 6.

Strudel Sale
The Swiss Singers are also holding a Strudel Sale this fall. Pre-order by calling (419) 698-8704 by Nov. 29. All sales will be available for pick-up at the concert. Cost is $10.

About the Singers
Currently under the direction of Micah Graber, the choir has been a cultural staple in the Toledo area since 1869 — that’s 152 years of celebrating Swiss culture in the area. The chorus in its current form has been around since 1924. Its aim is to retain and preserve the culture and songs of Switzerland, to live up to the singers’ ancestors’ tenets of faith and behavior, help others, and to be good citizens.

The Singers perform two concerts annually, including a wide variety of traditional Swiss, Broadway, Gospel and American music, as well as a special performance in February.

The group is part of the North American Swiss Singing Alliance (NASSA), made up of 14 choirs from Canada and the U.S. Singers compete internationally every three years; the next competition will be held in June 2021 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

The nonprofit organization is also part of the larger German American Festival (GAF) Society, which most people associate with the festival held annually in August. The society consists of seven German-speaking societies. During the festival, the Singers set up and operate the Swiss Cheese Haus, along with the Stein Stossen contest. The GAF Festival draws more than 30,000 people on an average weekend and is the largest ethnic festival in this part of the country.

The Swiss Singers practice Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. at Oak Shade Grove from September to May.