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Singing tradition: Saengerfest traces roots back to late 1800s
NEW GLARUS - The North American Swiss Singing Alliance was formed in the late 1800s specifically to meet the needs of the growing Swiss-born population in the United States, especially in the Midwest. These original Swiss settlers wanted to keep alive musical traditions brought from their homeland. Originally known as the Swiss American Singing Alliance, this organization served several Swiss choirs with the first Saengerfest held in 1897 in Cleveland, Ohio.