Männerchor is the men’s choral ensemble at MLC. Participation in the Männerchor provides opportunities for students to grow in faith and to proclaim God’s Word through singing in rehearsals, regular and special services on campus, concerts, and occasional services off campus. Répertoire is selected to include various periods and styles within our rich heritage of sacred songs as well as current choral literature. Emphasis is also given to genres and styles particularly relevant to men’s voices, such as various types of chant (Gregorian, Anglican, etc.), liturgical music (historic and new), and close-harmony styles.
Membership is open to all male students by audition or consent of the conductor. This course fulfills requirements in various degree programs and is elective for other students.
Over the years, the name of the male choral ensemble at MLC has changed, first from Male Choir to Men’s Choir, and now to Männerchor. The name Männerchor recognizes the historic roots of MLC and the choir, as well as that of the greater New Ulm community and the WELS. For example, this name appears on programs from the early 1900s, when the first choir (a Männerchor) was formally established on campus. The term Männerchor further connotes the camaraderie and fellowship which are a unique part of this ensemble.