The Columbus Swiss Singers are the Swiss singing chorus for Columbus. We sing traditional Swiss music, including jodels and naturjutz (songs without words). We also have a repertoire of traditional and modern music in English.
Closely associated with the Columbus Swiss Singers is the Alphorn Grüezi, a group of alphorn blowers who frequently join the Singers in concerts.
We like to sing, of course: not just in English, but in standard (high) German, Swiss German, French, Italian, Romansch — and one Christmas, the women even sneaked in a carol in Norwegian! We have made two recordings: a Christmas CD in 1997, and a CD of traditional Swiss music in 2005.
We also like to have a good time, whether it is sharing a beer at our rehearsals, holding concerts around Columbus, or taking a summer road trip to the Sängerfest or nearby Swiss festivals, or to visit other Swiss choruses. We also make sure to have a few parties each year!
Our rehearsals are held every Wednesday evening, starting at 7:30 pm.
If you live in central Ohio and this sounds like fun to you, come to a rehearsal! Membership is open to all adults 18 years and older who can carry a tune. You do not have to have Swiss ancestry to join us.
The Helvetia and the Edelweiss are members of the North American Swiss Singing Alliance and of the United German Singing Societies of Columbus.
For additional information on any of these organizations, contact the Webmaster.
Matt Ebright, Director
Matt Ebright became director of the Columbus Swiss Singers in January 2016 after nearly twenty years as our accompanist. He is a graduate of Pickerington High School, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from The Ohio State University. He plays professionally for many occasions and teaches piano.
He succeeds John Long, who was our director for 36 years prior to his retirement.