Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Figure out ‘Who Dunnit?’ at our dinner-theatre murder mystery Feb. 20 and 21

Federal Marshal Dalton (Micah Graber) and Sheriff Sam (Red Hardt) argue for jurisdiction
to watch over the tournament to make sure it runs smoothly and the winner gets his or her money.
Nothing could go wrong, right? 
Rehearsal photo by Jennifer Kahler.

The Toledo Swiss Singers, one of the area’s oldest singing groups, will be asking the question, “WHO DUNNIT?” at their second annual dinner-theatre mystery event, held for two nights, Feb. 20 and 21.

Murder mystery flyer.
The evening, titled “Murder! at the Deadwood Saloon,” will feature a murder at the Deadwood Poker Tournament Celebration — at The Chalet at Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Road in Oregon. Members of the audiences will enjoy watching as all of the characters attend the tournament in its final night of competition. During the evening there will be a mysterious cold-blooded killer on the loose. Who is the victim? When does it happen? Which character is responsible?

Written and directed by Swiss Singer Jane Williams, “Murder! at the Deadwood Saloon” will have audience members using evidence provided and making keen observations to carefully conduct their own investigations. Gather the clues and determine who could be the killer!

Those in attendance are asked to join in the fun and wear their best Western attire. 

The evening will include a delicious Wild West menu: Chuck Wagon Chicken, Hitch n’ Rail Pulled Pork, Rodeo Red Taters, Cactus Cole Slaw, Buckaroo Baked Beans, Bandana Corn Bread, Deadwood Desserts, a cash bar and, of course, the murder mystery. The theatre presentation begins promptly at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21. Dinner will be served during the performance. Tickets are $25.00, with $15.00 tickets for children 12 and under.

Reserve seats by Feb. 15 by calling Elaine at (419) 206-0975.


Currently under the direction of Micah Graber, the choir has been a cultural staple in the Toledo area since 1869 — that’s 146 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 usually perform three concerts annually, including a wide variety of traditional Swiss, Broadway, Gospel and American music.

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.

They are also are part of North American Swiss Singing Alliance (NASSA), made up of 14 choirs from Canada and the U.S. The Singers compete internationally every three years; the most recent competition was held in June 2015 in New Glarus, Wis., where the group was awarded gold and silver prizes. The next competition will be held in June 2018 in Toledo.

The Swiss Singers practice Wednesday evenings at 7:30 at Oak Shade Grove from September to May.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Join us Nov. 7 for our fall concert, ‘Yodelicious!’


The Toledo Swiss Singers, one of the area’s oldest singing groups, will be teaching the audience to yodel Nov. 7 at their fall concert.

Titled “Yodelicious!,” the concert will feature traditional Swiss and some recognizable yodeling songs, along with a tribute to Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday. The evening begins with authentic Swiss food sold à la carte, available 5:30-7 p.m. and 30 minutes after the concert at The Chalet at Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Road in Oregon. The concert begins at 7:30 – and is followed by dancing to live music by Dan Welch.

Fall Concert Flyer.
Concert and Dance tickets are $12, with $6 tickets for children 12 and under. The deadline for reservations is Friday, Oct. 30, with a few tickets available at the door. For tickets, call Elaine at (419) 206-0975.


Award winners
This is the first concert to feature the singers since their big win in June at Saengerfest, a competition, Swiss singing and yodeling festival held in New Glarus, Wisconsin, June 18-21. The group was awarded a gold prize for their mixed-choir German prize song “Waldeinsamkeit” by F. Abi.

Ladies from the group were presented with a silver prize for their singing of the French song “Marine” by J. Mamie. The singers will open the Nov. 7 concert with these songs.

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 146 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 usually perform three concerts annually, including a wide variety of traditional Swiss, Broadway, Gospel and American music.

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 7:30 at Oak Shade Grove from September to May.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Calling all singers Sept. 9 to our open house

The Toledo Swiss Singers are looking for singers and Sept. 9 is the perfect time to see what we're all about.

The Singers practice Wednesday evenings at 7:30 at Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Road in Oregon, from September to May.

Our open house is Sept. 9. If you are thinking of stopping by or would like information, please let us know via email: toledoswiss@gmail.com.

Under the direction of Micah Graber, the choir has been a cultural staple in the Toledo area since 1869 — that’s 146 years of celebrating Swiss culture in the area. Starting first as a men’s choir, 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, one of the area’s oldest singing groups, perform three concerts annually, including a wide variety of traditional Swiss, Broadway, Gospel and American music.


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Saengerfest 2015: Watch our gold prize-winning song ‘Waldeinsamkeit’

The judges awarded us a gold prize June 21 at Saengerfest, a competition, Swiss singing and yodeling festival held in New Glarus, Wisconsin, June 18-21.

We were presented with the special wreath for our mixed-choir German prize song “Waldeinsamkeit” by F. Abi. Watch the video below:



Here is the translation for the song, thanks to one of our singers, Kathy Lindenberger:

“Waldeinsamkeit” (Forest Solitude)
Forest Solitude — Only the sun can break through the dark moss.
Deep in the bushes, a bird sings softly, and a breeze blows gently through the leaves,
As solemn as a prayer. Oh you sweet forest solitude, bring me peace too.

Read more about Saengerfest 2015.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Saengerfest 2015: Singers featured on local TV

We'd like to thank our local ABC affiliate, 13abc, for sharing our golden news last night on its 11 p.m. newscast.

Take a look:


Relive the trip with photos and videos on our Facebook page. Our special photographer is editing photos and videos and we will share them all with you when he's done.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Saengerfest 2015: We’re bringing home gold!


We're bringing home gold!

The judges awarded us a gold prize from Sunday at Saengerfest, a competition, Swiss singing and yodeling festival held here June 18-21. The Singers were presented with the special wreath for their mixed-choir German prize song “Waldeinsamkeit” by F. Abi. Ladies from the group were presented with a silver prize for their singing of the French song “Marine” by J. Mamie (watch below).


Congrats to the ladies on a beautiful prize song!!
Posted by The Toledo Swiss Singers on Friday, June 19, 2015

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Saengerfest 2015: Wisconsin, here we come!


We are hitting the road for the land of cheese!

Our members will be loading the bus and leaving this Thursday morning, June 18, for Saengerfest, a competition, Swiss singing and yodeling festival being held June 18-21 in New Glarus, Wisconsin. We compete internationally every three years as part of the North American Swiss Singing Alliance (NASSA), made up of 14 choirs from Canada and the U.S.

Our group has been busy preparing two songs for competition, along with an entire songbook for the “grand concert” June 20 with 300 singers from all of the choirs. It will be quite the sight! (Check out photos from our trip to Saengerfest three years ago in Kitchener, Ontario.)