German Singers Association
The German Singers Association (DSB) was founded on September 21, 1862 a. a. founded by Carl Gerster in Coburg and was the world's largest amateur choir association. It existed as an independent association until 2005 and united 1.8 million members in almost 22,000 choirs as well as instrumental and dance groups affiliated with choirs in Germany and abroad.
After Gerster had already organized a Greater German Singers 'Festival in Nuremberg in July 1861 , the first German Singers' Union Festival took place in Dresden in 1865 . About 16,000 singers took part in the four-day festival. In a specially built, 155 meter long and 70 meter wide festival hall there was space for 20,000 visitors. 200,000 visitors attended a parade from the city center to the festival area below the Waldschlößchen brewery . A total of 300,000 people attended the events of the festival, of which the singing oak, one of the memorial trees in Dresden , planted in November 1865, commemorates today .
List of the national singing festivals:
- German Festival of Singers, 1865 in Dresden
- German Singers' Festival, 1874 in Munich
- German Festival of Singers, 1882 in Hamburg
- German Festival of Singers, 1890 in Vienna
- German Festival of Singers, 1896 in Stuttgart
- German Singers' Festival, 1902 in Graz
- German Festival of Singers, 1907 in Breslau
- German Singers' Festival, 1912 in Nuremberg
- German Singers' Festival, 1924 in Hanover
- German Singers' Festival, 1928 in Vienna
- German Festival of Singers, 1932 in Frankfurt am Main
- German Festival of Singers, 1937 in Breslau
- German National Singers' Festival, 1951 in Mainz
- German Singers' Festival, 1956 in Stuttgart
- German Singers' Festival, 1962 in Essen
- German Singers' Festival, 1968 in Stuttgart
- Choir Festival of the German Singers Association, 1976 in Berlin
- Choir Festival of the German Singers Association, 1983 in Hamburg
- Choir Festival of the German Singers Association, 1992 in Cologne
- Choir Festival of the German Singers Association, 2003 in Berlin
After the transition to the German Choir Association in 2005, the long tradition of the Singers Association ends. It is replaced by the German Choir Festival , which was held in Bremen in 2008, Frankfurt am Main in 2012 and in Stuttgart in 2016.
Transition to the German Choir Association
On February 26, 2005, the Singers' Day of the German Singers Association decided to merge with the German General Singers Association to form the German Choir Association . After the singers' day of the German General Singers Association approved the association the next day, the new association was founded on February 28th.
- Friedhelm Brusniak : The German Singers Association and the “German” song (o. O., o. D.), gko.uni-leipzig.de (PDF) page of the Faculty of History, Art and Orient Studies at the University of Leipzig
- Rudolf Flotzinger (Ed.): Singing Festival . In: Oesterreichisches Musiklexikon Online , last updated on January 17, 2012
- Website of the German Choir Association
- Monika Dänhardt and Kathleen Goldammer: How Dresden became the city of choirs . In: Saxon newspaper . January 24, 2015 (for a fee [accessed March 4, 2015]).