History

Brief Biography of the Edelweiss Choir

With the impetus of an American who loved German and Austrian music, a mixed choir of 16 voices was born in March 1971. Its original official name was "Gemischter Chor Edelweiss" (mixed choir Edelweiss), which eventually became the "Edelweiss Choir of Santa Barbara".

For a number of years concerts were performed at the Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara. The Choir was often joined by local vocal and instrumental groups from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and the Music Academy of the West. Over the years concerts are performed together with southern California German, Swiss, and Dutch choirs as well as with guest choirs from many parts of Germany. The Choir has two formal concerts per year (a Spring and a Christmas concert), plus additional singing engagements in convalescent and retirement homes.

In 1986, 1990, and 2000, following invitations by various choirs in Germany, the Edelweiss Choir performed to enthusiastic audiences there and enjoyed numerous sightseeing trips to historic al and scenic areas..

In 2003 the Edelweiss Choir was delighted to receive an invitation to perform in southern Brazil. The Choir sang in Blumenau, Pomerode, and Treze Tilias in the state of Santa Catarina, and Entre Rios in the state of Paraná. The Choir also sang impromptu selections in churches, cathedrals and in a very unusual opera house in Curitiba. A 5,000 km bus trip provided lots of interesting sightseeing, including the world famous Iguaçu Waterfalls. A separate trip took the Choir to the exciting city of Rio de Janeiro.

In June 2006 the Choir concertized in Western Canada, performing in Calgary, Kelowna, and Victoria, with sightseeing tours to Vancouver, Banff, and Lake Louise.

In April/May 2012, the Choir undertook a two-week Concert Tour in Chile. We sang in Santiago, Concepcion, Frutillar, Valdivia, Osorno to enthusiastic audiences, and visited many beautiful places. A small group of our Choir members travelled on to Argentina on their own for sight-seeing.