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: [email protected]
SAVE THE DATE: Swiss Echoes Concert & Dinner - April 27, 2019 @ 7:00pm

Swiss Echoes Spring Concert
The annual Swiss Echoes Spring Concert once again was a successful  performance with about 160 people enjoying the show.  The songs covered a variety of spring time topics including mowing the old fashioned way (with a scythe), staying out till way past midnight, going to church, and “swinging in Switzerland”.  We learned a few new versions of “Vo Luzern uf Weggis” when we were corrected about the “right” way to sing it by Art Brogli.  Once again the entertainment value went sky high with Art’s special performance.  He just never gets old! Even the audience participated in “Vo Luzern uf Weggis” in a sing-along, as it is a well-known Swiss folk song.  There’s nothing more fun than to sing together in the spring!

Not only was there singing, but there was eating and  a raffle and dancing too.  The Swiss Club served a delicious Ripli dinner, there were some wonderful raffle prizes and there was new dancing entertainment from Richard and Larry Denier and Ernie Gudel who travelled from Carmel, Goleta, and Fair Oaks, respectively, to join in the fun. A great, big, heartfelt thank you to the new musicians! Comments were made that the dance music was easy to move to and fun to listen to, even if you didn’t want to dance!  We hope to see everyone on October 20th for the fall concert!