Artistic Director, Boston Saengerfest Men’s Chorus

Saengerfest is a men’s chorus with a 120-year history. Founded in 1901 by alumni of the Harvard Medical School, for nearly 100 years it was a quarterly dinner where men sat by voice part and sang for each other’s pleasure. In 1991 roughly half of the members accepted the challenge presented by an invitation to join the Festival of Welsh Male Voice Choirs, comprised of over 1000 voices, at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The success of this venture encouraged the formation of a permanent chorus of about 60 men rehearsing weekly under a professional conductor and an accompanist. Now 30 years later the Chorus is searching for an entrepreneurial Artistic Director to rebrand the chorus for its second century.

Excellent musical skills and contacts within the greater Boston choral community are a given, as is familiarity with four-part repertoire for men’s voices. Saengerfest has pursued a variety of virtual events during the pandemic, including weekly Monday evening rehearsals and several workshops and performances. As we emerge from our COVID-induced shell, we desire also to provide a musical experience attractive to the next generation of both singers and audiences.

We have set ourselves apart from other choruses by maintaining our heritage of Welsh music and by memorizing most of our performance music, so each member is focused on the conductor. Each year we commission a piece of new music or a new arrangement of traditional favorites, such as spirituals or a medley of songs from a favorite composer such as Gershwin. We are considering the addition of a choreographer to help us provide a more dynamic appearance in performance.

Each candidate should provide a Curriculum Vitae to Saengerfest, including references from past leadership positions. Equally importantly, candidates should outline steps he or she would undertake to make Saengerfest appeal to the next generation of singers. This might include repertory and performance style. At the same time, we should retain the fundamental focus of a male voice chorus.

As the world returns to a more nearly normal operation, it is anticipated that the final candidates will be invited to lead Saengerfest in a rehearsal which will include a piece we are familiar with and a selection of the candidate’s own choosing which is brand new to Saengerfest. The engagement will begin by mid-summer to prepare Saengerfest to sing with the Highland Glee Club and Apollo Club in October, and to for its holiday concert in December.

General requirements include preparing Monday night rehearsals for three to four concerts each year, typically from September through June, although Saengerfest has done occasional summer concerts as well. Saengerfest also plans international travel in alternate years and joint performances with other choirs.

Please reply by June 15, 2021 to be considered in this search.

Herbert J. Motley, Chairman, Saengerfest Search Committee

herbmot@gmail.com; 617-943-5657


Monday June 14, 2021 Final Rehearsal of the season, 7:00pm. We will be beginning rehearsals again in early September. Stay tuned to this website through the summer for the latest news!


OPEN SING Monday, June 7, 2021 at 7:00 pm.
Featuring “I’m Gonna Sing,” a new Saengerfest commissioned medley of African-American spirituals by Jerry Noble. Basses, Baritones and Tenors are all invited to enjoy an evening of reading and singing music written or arranged especially for male voices. We provide the music and good company!

BROTHERS, SING ON! Choral Workshop and Festival, with Dr. David Morrow and the Morehouse College Glee Club, March 27, 2021, at 10:00AM EST. YOU MAY WATCH THE BROTHERS, SING ON! RECORDING ON YOUTUBE HERE

VOCAL WORKSHOP & VIRTUAL SING with Matthew Curtis, Monday, Feb. 15, 2021 at 7:00 pm. We were very pleased to host an hour-long virtual vocal workshop with Matthew Curtis, focusing on vocal health, technique, warmups and some of the repertoire Matt has recorded for the Boston Saengerfest Men’s Chorus. The workshop was followed by some social time with BSMC archival singing. SEE OTHER PAST VOCAL WORKSHOPS HERE.

A 2020 SAENGERFEST CHRISTMAS COMES TO YOU – See it on YouTube HERE. See the Program Booklet HERE

Please consider making a Donation to Saengerfest HERE, and Thank you!

You may also treat yourself to some Saengerfest CD’s and Apparel HERE, and THANK YOU!

Join us for our weekly on-line rehearsals!
–Enjoy vocal and musical calisthenics together
–Sing familiar male choral classics from our large repertoire
–Learn new music
–Participate in smaller training sessions with our professional coaches
–Record your voice to form an audio/video virtual chorus
–Make new and catch up with old friends each week

REHEARSAL SIGNUPIf you are new to us, please sign up HERE for a Zoom invitation to our next rehearsal. We would love to have you! Questions? Email membership@saengerfest.org.

VOCAL NATURALIZATION CEREMONIES IN FANEUIL HALL, BOSTON (currently suspended), however there is breaking news – April 28, 2021 – Naturalization ceremonies resume under CDC guidance – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said its reopening some domestic offices on or after June 4, 2021 and will resume some services, including naturalization ceremonies.


Join the Boston Saengerfest Men’s Chorus for a rewarding year of sonorous singing! Tenors, Baritones and Basses are invited. Rediscover the joy of singing Americana and classical excerpt, show tunes, spirituals and sacred music. We are fun but serious, relaxed but focused. Join us Monday evenings at 7:00pm. Sign up HERE. Or Email – membership@saengerfest.org.