The San Joaquin Valley "Swiss Echoes" was founded in 1947 when a group of 28 singers joined as charter members with Mr. John Meyer as Music Director and first President. The new chorus became members of the United Swiss Singing Societies of the Pacific Coast (USSSPC) and participated in their first Sängerfest in Los Angeles in 1948. The "Swiss Echoes" have taken part in every Sängerfest since then.

The highlights of the “Swiss Echoes” were inhosting the first California Swiss Singing & Jodeling Festival in 1956, the 10th Sängerfest in 1960 and the 16th Sängerfest in 1978. All were coordinated by Sängervater Ken Hafer with Music Director Bertha Davis. The 24th Sängerfest in 2002 was presided over by Sängervater Fred Kaufmann with Music Director Heidi Brunk. Trudi Boesch was the accompanist for all three Sängerfests. In 2017, the “Swiss Echoes” will be hosting the 29th Sängerfest which will be presided over by USSSPC President Heidi Betschart.

Currently, the 32 member mixed chorus is directed by Agnes Litfin-Olmsted of Stockton with accompanist SaraRae Vanderhelm of Modesto. The “Swiss Echoes” present an Annual Spring and Fall Concert singing melodies from their native homeland, Switzerland, dressed in colorful costumes of Swiss tradition.

New members are always welcome. Practice night is Tuesday evening from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the San Joaquin Valley Swiss Club Hall, East Main Street & Manley Road, Ripon California.

For more information about joining the “Swiss Echoes” please contact:
Hanna Kessler, San Joaquin Valley Swiss Echoes President
Ph: (209) 745-1222 or Email:
Children's Choir Practice
Childrens choir practice will be taking place on:
March 6 & 13 
April 3 & 10th 

From 2:00pm to 4:00 pm at the Ripon Swiss Hall.
29th Pacific Coast Swiss Singing & Yodeling Festival
June 22-25, 2017
Welcome Reception-Doubletree Hotel, Modesto, CA

FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017
Grand Concert, Gallo Center for the Arts, Modesto, CA

Folk Festival, San Joaquin Valley Swiss Club, Ripon, CA

SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 2017
Ecumenical Church Service and Grand Banquet, Modesto Convention Center, Modesto, CA

The festival is a four day event that begins with a Welcome Reception Thursday evening, June 22nd at the Doubletree Hotel and Convention Center in Modesto, CA. The Grand Concert will take place on Friday, June 23rd, at the Gallo Center for the Arts, Mary Stuart Rodgers Theater, featuring approximately 250 singers from the eleven participating societies of the Pacific Coast and Canada. On Saturday, June 24th, the Folk Festival will be held at the Ripon Swiss Hall, featuring each of the active member societies. The four-day festival will conclude Sunday, June 25th with the Grand Banquet at the Modesto Convention Center, adjacent to the Doubletree Hotel in Modesto.

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