Normanna Male Chorus of Tacoma

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Promoting Scandinavian Culture in Song Since 1888
At our 2013 Sangerfest we celebrated 125 years.

On October 15, 1888, a group of eight young and prominent businessmen from the Tacoma area -- all immigrants from Norway -- met in Parkland, in the aura of the Pacific Lutheran Academy, and formed the first small chorus in the State of Washington.

Actually a double quartet, they called themselves the Quartetten Luren. Through a series of moves and name changes, on October 27, 1924, ten men signed an "Agreement to Form a Corporation for Musical Purposes."

On November 3, 1924, an organizational meeting of the Normanna Male Chorus was held in Normanna Hall in Tacoma.

We still endure, greatly enjoy and live on to sing!


We practice on Monday evening, at 7:00 pm, except on most
federal-holiday Mondays and during our summer break, normally between Sangerfest and the first Monday in September.

On selected evenings of regular rehearsals — courtesy of our director, Jon Malmin, ably assisted by Karl Olsen — we also have Norwegian language classes for 30 minutes prior to the rehearsal to assist in the pronunciation and understanding of the Scandinavian words in our music.

Location of Rehearsals

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
3315 S. 19th St.
Tacoma, WA 98425

(253) 383-5515
Secretary: Chris Romaniuk

Locations of Our Performances

Our performance venues include long-term care and senior centers in the Greater Tacoma area, the Scandinavian Culture Center at Pacific Lutheran University, and local area Nordic fests. 

For more information

, contact or call Rick Perkins at (253) 272-7286..



Jon Malmin

Jean Malmin



Pete Petersen

Vice President:



Loren Jangaard


Rick Perkins

Our Board of Directors also includes the following:



Jerry Colby


Larry Schoenberg

Membership Chair:

Gene Wilson — but all members are also responsible for recruiting

Music Librarian:

Gary Hagen


Dave Bennett
Rod Riveness
Gaylord Warren

Past President:

Rick Perkins


The Ladies of Normanna



Liv Borson

Vice President:

Marge Colby


Yvonne Riveness


Ida Hagan


Nancy Perkins
Ellie Wilson